Thursday, September 19, 2013

Sculpture - Lighting Reference


    I made this small Plastalina clay model for lighting reference.  I'll be primarily drawing the figure from this so the face doesn't have much detail.  If I get this one finished, I'll do a full post about it - preliminary drawings and references showing how the idea evolved (more blog promises, I know).  I just received two new portrait commissions so right now it's vital I get that studio finished!


Christine Piper said...

Wow! You are excellent at sculpting! I saw clay models in one of your previous posts, but I didn't think you actually made them. Do you ever get commissions to sculpt? It would be really interesting to see a full post about the project one day. Good luck on your portraits! (Maybe you could show them too when your done?)

Anthony VanArsdale said...

Thanks Christine! I haven't had any sculpture commissions (on a professional level) but it's definitely something I would be interested in for the future. I need more practice and experience for sure. It would be great to try some work in bronze.

Jenn said...

3 things:
1. I love the fox illo- your blue shadows are spectacular
2. I am sad you are going to be covering that beautiful sketch on your wall with finishings
3. Do you make your clay sculptures from just your imagination or do you have reference=amazing.
Well done sir.

Anthony VanArsdale said...

Thanks Jennifer! :)

I've made my sculptures so far from rough sketches since they don't need to be highly detailed. The one I used for this model was the ink sketch to the right in the last picture. The original pose I had (not shown here) wasn't working well, so I got a mirror, put my foot on a stool, and saw right off that it would be better to see the pose from the front. I'll post all of this soon - the good, the bad, and the ugly sketches.

It helped me here to see the figure in an abstract way. I've been trying to work on that in my drawings lately, either by closing my eyes and drawing, or sketching out abstract shapes that make a nice flow, then adding details.

The problem I have right now with sculpting is a lack of space. For non drying clay I need the ability to anchor my model down - now I just hold it and whatever is touching my hand, the backside of the model in this case, is usually disfigured and squished.

Martin Philpott said...

Hi Anthony. This was the only way I could find of making contact with you regarding one of your illustrations.

I love the one you did of the female aviator I believe its called something like 'Its only 30.000ft'

I would dearly love to use this illustration for a scale modelling page that I run on facebook and also for my blog page. Can you let me know if this is a possibility to have your permission please.

My email address is as follows

I am based in the UK England. I sincerely hope we can talk over this as it is just beautiful and fits my needs perfectly.

Kindest and sincere regards,


Charles Flaum said...

I love the fox lilo- your blue shadows are spectacular.

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