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Wednesday, 11 September 2013

#460 In the studio: The Briscoe Museum sculpture project, con't . . .



Currently in progress in the monument sculpture studio in Wyoming
is a project for the Briscoe Western Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas.  

Please start this series of posts with #453, Aug. 18, 2013.

Texture is the actual as well as the visual "feel" of a sculpture's surface.
The tactile quality of the large bison architectural panel was carefully thought out.
My goal was to emphasize and exaggerate the effects of chiaroscuro  . . . 
the presentation of light and dark on the figures.

Below, are images of bison . . . note the texture and "feel" of the animal's coat.








Below, are close-ups of the bison clay model surface in progress.
The rich surface and texture of the animals's coat, the rugged and distinctive quality of the
wooly hair which protects the creature from severe winter weather, had to be represented. 
The sculptor must realize that proportion, design, and form must be properly modeled before
surface and pattern is established.

Anatomy has been blocked in and is ready to continue the process of accepting surface and texture.








Below, surface texture has been added to the shoulder.






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