Today I want to show how this arm and hand was more difficult to sculpt than the other hand. Lining up her hand in the right position under her chin was part of the difficulty.
Here’s the rough sketch close-up photo to show how the hand first looked.
Positioning the pinky just right adds to the feminine flair. Between that and feminine fingernails, I’m a happy camper as far at the hands are concerned.
You can see the rough texture of the clay; the final pics show smooth skin. This was brought about, in part, by brushing some liquid slip on the surface (slip is made up with no-grog [grit] clay). Then I used various tools and techniques to further refine and smooth the skin. Because I want a polished smooth skin bronze sculpture, the more I can do in the clay process the better, and will save on foundry labor and costs.
Once again, I remove part of an arm and leave registration marks. The jagged edge looks a bit morbid, but the uneven edge actually helps with lining up the arm once I reattach it. I took the arm off and on many, many times before I had everything in place. And then…. I cut it off again (but in a different place) for the mold process.
Since this is waterbased clay, the hands will dry out quickly, so they have to be kept under plastic as often as possible to slow down the drying.
Her four fingers needed to touch right under her chin and the thumb had to touch at the right spot on the neck. This took a lot of coordinating and is difficult to do in waterbased clay where the fingers are delicate and can be broken off very easily. There are features to waterbased clay I love and these outweigh the hardships I encounter.
If her hand was too wide open, it looked like she was waving at you, which wasn’t the right effect. By taking photos to help me “see” better, I was able to get the right gesture for the hand. Comparing before and after photos is my number one tool for judging improvements. Every day I took pics at the end (many times during working as well) and in the morning, while having breakfast, I reviewed those photos, comparing and observing what I liked and what I wanted to work on. Many times I’d go into Photoshop and make mock-up alterations to see how I liked it, before sculpting on the actual figure.
Next I’ll share pics and comments about sculpting her legs. Thanks for following along.
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