Sculpture (Representing the Body)-Clay Gesture

Final Clay Model

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Well I have finally finished my glove gesture drawing. I have located all the height and width points from each angle that I measured, resulting in a total of eight pin points. I feel like the measurements may be a little off however, that could also be my eyes deceiving me, since I’ve been working on this project for a while. I have engraved the horizontal and vertical planes, all this time I haven’t really thought of the glove as a glove but rather as a form in space. This is because my mind is deceiving and if I start to sculpt fingers, they may not be conveyed accurately. I think what I struggled with most is distinguishing the different textures of the glove from each other. I used the different clay tools to make texture

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and engrave some of the words that were on the glove. I also tried to distinguish the lining on the glove (along the edges) with vertical marks.

Now that I am looking through my photos of the final product, I definitely have a sense that a couple of the dimensions are off. I believe that the bottom part of the glove gesture needs to be longer and the sides of the glove need to be flared out more to give it a more “relaxed, slouchy look.” I honestly feel like I had a successful outcome with the fingers and overall the

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dimensions of the final product are close to the dimensions of my actual hand.

I have had a couple epiphanies while completing this project. One of them is to have fun with it, which I did, I thought the process was very engaging and it gave me an interesting 3D gesture drawing experience. Another epiphany was to document my creative processes. I really like how we’re using a WordPress blog in comparison to Mahara because it gives the artist a chance to explain in a thorough manner what exactly their thoughts are while creating their artwork. Artists opinions change all the time, they could really like the project that they are working on in the beginning and by the end they could totally hate the final product. This blog style just gives us a chance to express our general thoughts.

 

Updated Clay Modeling

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Wow, getting sick the third week of the semester is such a setback, I really dislike missing three hour long art classes. Anyways, I just went back to the studio earlier today to work on my clay model of the glove. Despite only being their for about an hour, I feel like I generally improved on this project. I am glad that I seem to have figured out the accurate dimensions of the glove and I can build/sculpt the glove by engraving lines (planes) and taking away some parts of clay.

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I hope that after this illness passes I can spend more time in the studio. The pictures that I have included in this post are the most recent I have taken.

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I have added a couple more pinpoints in which I took a couple measurements. All of the measurements are based on one pencil length.

 

 

Clay Modeling

Within the first two weeks of Sculpture Class, we have been learning about gesture drawing and how to accurately measure objects using a pencil. I am definitely not used to technical drawing so these exercises were more difficult for me than I thought they would be. First of all, I am not a technical measuring person, I am a more surrealist/abstract painter and I don’t usually have anything to measure since my ideas come from my imagination! I do however, believe these skills I’ve learned throughout these past two weeks will benefit me in my future experiences.

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Its been awhile since I’ve taken Figure Drawing but I do have some experience with gesture drawing. I prefer to take time on my art pieces, although, I do find it fun to loosely draw sometimes. I find that gesture drawing really captures different actions and more so the emotions of the actions. I really find the quote that my professor stated in class to be incredibly relatable, “you draw what your brain sees.” I think this is very true because as I was trying to measure a box with my pencil, I always wanted to change it how my brain thinks it looks, rather than what the measurements actually were.

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For the clay modeling activity, we had to essentially gesture draw with clay. I have never done this before and I enjoyed it. We had to put lumps of clay on this

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pedestal to resemble this glove. However, our gesture drawing had to be the size of our hand, not this glove. We set the glove in the middle of the room and counter-clockwise rotated around it, doing quick two minute gesture drawings. By the end we had to measure the ratio of the height to the width of the glove, I got 1:2/3. I also measured the ratio of my clay gesture drawing and I got 1:2/3. The height and width are labeled with thumb tacks. I have integrated photos of the glove and the final product of my clay gesture drawing within this post.

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Gesture Drawing/Spatial Drawing/Technical Drawing

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Within the first week of sculpture class we did a quick review on gesture drawing. Its been a while since I’ve taken gesture drawing, however, I quickly picked up the style of messy, action drawing. For our homework assignment we were to do a couple pages of gesture drawings. I sat in the lobby of the Museum of the White Mountains and observed people walking by outside. Sometimes I found it difficult to capture the movements because

some actions happened so quickly. Below I have included some of my gesture drawings.

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The next set of drawings we worked on was technical drawings. We had to measure objects using the length of a pencil. I used whatever the ratio was to one pencil length. At first I was confused how to measure in this manner, however

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I caught the hang of it in class. For the technical drawings I went to the skate park and measured some of the equipment there. As you can see, I didn’t understand how to measure with one pencil length at this moment. I believed I picked a standard inch measurement and based all my measurements off of

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that. When we went of the technical drawings in class, we had to measure a table. We used a view finder and I actually found this useful to figure out where the edges of the table aligned.

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The last drawing that we did in class is called a spatial drawing. I have never even heard of the term and technique before but spatial drawing is when you start of the inside of the object and work your way to the edges of the object. I drew in a swirling motion and imagined I was in the space of the box and every

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time my pencil touched the edge of the box it would ricochet back to the center. I found this drawing exercise to be interesting because I have never done it before and it gave me insight on spatial factors within an object.

The last thing I will discuss is the switch from 2D gesture drawings to 3D gesture drawings. The clay glove gesture project was definitely a bit challenging for me because I wasn’t used to being able to measure/add clay onto an actual 3D object. It was more difficult than a 2D drawing because you could see every side of the glove, it wasn’t just a flat 2 dimensional view. I feel like I found that the glove was easier to get accurate measurements from because you could measure from all sides. I guess an epiphany I had when creating this clay gesture was to have fun with it. Gesture drawing is supposed to be loose, convey movement and capture the energy of the object. I definitely feel like this is also relevant to my other artwork in general, creating my artwork shouldn’t be a forced process, it should come naturally.

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