Wednesday, 19 June 2013

#436 In the studio: Bird anatomy, con't . . .

Please start this bird anatomy series with post #403,  March 10.

Negative space is a sculptor's design element and is defined by the figure's silhouette.  
Negative space is easiest to see when working in two dimensions, 
but when perceived and controlled by the sculptor, the effect is dramatic.

The sculptor should make their statement in one area and allow everything 
else to become supportive or subordinate to that statement or gesture.  
The sculptor determines what the center of interest will be and composes the elements accordingly.  
A harmonious sculpture produces unity. 

Proportion, balance, rhythm, contrast are principles of organization affecting the composition of sculpture.
Below, is a silhouette of the 16" wingspan monument entitled Presidential Eagle.
Appropriate design and concept is called for if a sculpture in produced in a grand scale. 

When designing large outdoor monuments, the dominant message 
should be conveyed to the viewer in the simplest manner. 
Above all, the sculpture should be united in a clear, logical concept.

You will realize that sculpture is not  a reproduction or 
duplicate of the animal but positive and negative 
shapes that the artist has arranged to form a design.

All drawing and sculpture, copyright Sandy Scott

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