This week we had a workshop in which we were shown how to make hands. The process began with making pinch pots that were then joined together so that they would create the palm. By making the thumb joint we were able to map out where the wrist and four fingers would be placed. The pinch pot palm was then placed onto a cylinder of clay that formed the wrist. The fingers were then added on. They had to be quite thick so that they were able to hold their form. The by using my own had as reference I was better able to mould the joints and creases of a life like hand. I was trying to focus on the movement of the hand. I was looking for how the skin moved and creased around the knuckles and bone. The hands were then decorated with porcelain slip. I thought that the contrast between the red of terracotta and the brilliant white of the porcelain was quite interesting. It highlighted the crease of the hand quite nicely.
(Workshop Classes Hands)
Plaster and Fabric
We were given two pieces of material for the project with plater. We drew around our hands on each piece and then they were sewn together in line with each other, leaving a hollow hand in the middle. That space in the middle was then filled with plaster. we were then able to manipulate the fingers into dextrous poses. I found the the fabric left some interesting crease marks in the folds of the plaster, quite similar to folds of skin. also small bits of thread that were left behind stuck to the plaster resembled little bits of hair. Also the fabric texture had left a skin like feel to the plaster.
Today we had a session with Claire Curneen looking at sculpting faces using the pinching method. Using terracotta clay we took small handfulls and pinched them into small medallions then add it to the base of our heads and build our way up. we had to focus on the shape we were making as we wanted something the resembles a head but didnt want the clay to collapse on itself. Once we had the basic shape of our heads we could then add on the facial features.
This is a life drawing of my own figure. In this task I had to match the pose of the life model and sat on a large piece of paper and had to draw around my body. Charcoal was the medium used for this drawing. The dark tones are able to highlight depth and pressure. The darker areas in this drawing are showing the points of pressure the most. After a long while these areas would start to hurt most. In association with clay, using this image as reference, I am able to see that when modelling the figure these are the areas in which the clay would give way. It made me understand where the tension would be in a clay figure and where the clay is more likely to slump and give way.
Our first figurative project was to study life drawing. At first we were just looking at the rough basic form of our life model. To show this we started by drawing 10 second sketches to show slight proportion and gesture:
We then worked our way up to 30 seconds drawings in which we were able to more clearly see the shape and form of the figure. We were also able to add a little more movement to the figure:
We were given extra time to really focus on the texture and weight of the figure. With 10-15 minuets we were able to pay more attention to how the figure was reacting with the surroundings such as how the folds of skin reacted around certain joints and also how the weight of the body effects the flesh. When the model was sat on the floor her skin would spread and move against the floor. The resistance to the floor made quite a difference in the movement of tissue and muscle.
We also had a look at 10 minuet life modelling with clay. This way we had a chance to relay the models image in a 3d form.