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Modeling the David Eye with Eric Michael Wilson

Modeling the David Eye
Learn to Sculpt Like a Master Practice this traditional exercise of studying Michelangelo's David

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  • Lesson Details
Eric Michael Wilson
Modeling & Sculpture
Head & Portrait
Oil-Based Clay
4h 7m 36s

In this lesson master sculptor Eric Michael Wilson demonstrates a foundational exercise for sculptors that teaches you how to tackle a complex set of sculptural forms from Michelangelo’s famous David sculpture. In this traditional exercise, you have the opportunity to study and analyze forms at a large and controlled context without the pressures and compounding complexity of bringing together a full head or figure. You will gain an appreciation for masterful sculpture as well as learning to observe and reproduce form as a subject in itself.


  • 3/4″ Melamine Board
  • Plywood 2×4″ or Wood Strip
  • 6 Large Paint Stirrers
  • Electric Drill
  • Philips Head Screws
  • Clamp
  • Sharpie Marker
  • Hand Saw
  • Calipers
  • 3/4″ Aluminum Wire
  • 18 Gauge Aluminum Wire
  • Drywall Screws
  • Needle Nose Pliers
  • Plastalina or Water-Based Clay
  • Wood Modeling Tools
  • Rake Tool
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