The important first stages of the Wallace statue have now been completed...
The first task in creating a statue is the construction of an accurate 'armature' (the skeleton onto which the plaster and clay is built). This has to be done very carefully, as the positioning of the armature will entirely determine how the statue ends up.
In order to create an accurate armature, I have been working with a male model (with the same physique as Wallace) and taking various measurements and reference photos.
'Tools of the trade' – callipers and plumb-lines are used to establish the precise position of various key points on the model (patella, wrists, elbows, acromion etc.)
Since I will be sculpting Wallace approximately 10% larger than life, all of these measurements and their positions have to be adjusted accordingly.
The Sculpting Platform – it is important that the sculpting platform not only be strong enough to support the finished clay sculpture (perhaps 200kg in weight), but it must also be mobile, so that the statue can be easily moved around for viewing at different angles.
The Floor Template – the various key measurements are enlarged by 10% and then transferred to the sculpting platform for assisting with the creation of the armature.]
It's all coming along nicely!
More pictures next week...
A guest post by the sculptor Anthony Smith
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