Whilst I was in Austria an opportunity arose to bid for a piece of “Public Art” sculptural work. They wanted a 1:5 design for a large piece. I proposed the delivery of a 4 section “log carving”. By that I mean deep relief sculptures created by carving into the log from the bark side. The design appears in a window within the log. I’ve done a number of smaller pieces in this style, which I was able to include photos of. I did, however, want to make sure the full idea of the design was clear. Continue reading “Drawing for Sculpture”
I wanted at least one more figure in the Austrian WOMAD image, and being in Austria I didn’t have my full colour pastels and such with me. I decided, therefore, that this was an ideal opportunity to try out some digital drawing using the Wacom tablet I bought previously. I’ve done some experiments with this, but have never really put in the time to learn to use it properly. As I was planning to combine it with the photomontage I decided to use Krita for the drawing. Continue reading “Project 5.2: Photomontage”
The second week of my stay in Elbigenalp concentrated on Ornamental sculpture. The initial discussion struck a very strong note: The basis of all ornamental carving is drawing. An important aspect of starting the whole process was visual research, looking through ornament reference books. This was followed by an initial drawing, which has edges and shading added to help the carver understand the form being described more fully. As part of the process I did make a small maquette, but that was mainly to help me think through the major forms. The photographs below tell the story fairly well: Continue reading “Ornamental carving”
As part of my time in Elbigenalp I’ve been looking at Drapery this week. The first part of the exercise was to look at Drapery historically, which is the subject of another blog post. The next part of the task was to take a study cast and to place a dress on it with (reasonably) realistic clothing folds. This is somewhat more complex than it might seem at first. The Drapery Research blog post gives an idea of the way that the rules of drapery work. Continue reading “Drapery Sculpture”
Reflecting on the assignment and my previous blog about sculptors’ use of photomontage I decided I really had to give it a go. I’m in Elbigenalp in Austria with the sun shining, so that has to be a good start for the landscape part.
As part of a carving project I have been considering drapery, as well as for the drawing course. As well as the construction of drapery I’ve been examining the different styles and variation across time. The variation is significant, with the different styles seeming to go in long cycles across time. Continue reading “Drapery styles”