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Figure Sculpting in Clay: Part 2 – Adding Volume with David Simon

Figure Sculpting in Clay: Part 2 – Adding Volume
In these early stages... Focus on the whole, not any one part!

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  • Lesson Details
David Simon
Modeling & Sculpture
Anatomy, Human Figure
Oil-Based Clay
3h 23m 18s
Figure Sculpting in Clay

In the second lesson of David Simon’s figure sculpting series, he takes a few measurements from the model and starts adding clay to the armature. David considers the structure of the figure as he adds volume to the sculpture. After blocking in the major masses of the figure, he can begin to establish the gesture of the pose. In these early stages, he takes pains to limit his focus to the relationships between the parts and the whole, and to not get carried away with any particular part of the figure. Success in any sculptural project relies on constantly checking and re-establishing your proportion– only later should you hone in on the intricacies! Sculpting from life is a dynamic and process-heavy endeavor, by watching this series we hope that you learn about the intricacies involved and are inspired to tackle the challenge!

A sculptor of international acclaim, David Simon’s career has ranged from life-size portraits and figures to massive bronze statues. David created maquette and sculptures for films such as Where the Wild Things Are, Fantastic Four, and Watchmen, and holds private workshops abroad and in his Los Angeles studio.


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