STRANGE No. 2

After producing “Jessica” and “Frank” (elaborated on in STRANGE No. 1) I then proceeded to paint small portraits using watercolour. These paintings were then scanned and put onto Photoshop where an overlaying technique was used and their opacity adjusted. The detailed facial features were concealed due to this technique, making one eager to figure out the actual appearance of the image.face3

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Both drawings in “STRANGE No.1” were also used in this process.

The results:

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I was very happy with the results, I think they are interesting pieces in themselves.

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STRANGE No.1

This little project was focused on facial features and how to manipulate them slightly so as to seem strange. The first drawing was called “Jessica”. The placement of her face was off center so the your eyes try to make up the rest of the body. “Jessica” also possesses no ears which is not very noticeable at first glance. This aesthetic along with the eyes being slightly off center, may solicit an odd feeling in the viewer.  The portrait is also slightly alien looking while simultaneously attaining human qualities

 

 

Jessica BigThe drawing following this was called “Frank”. Both drawings can be presented as a diptych. The lazy eye in this drawing is more prominent than the previous one so as to enhance an uncanny feeling.

 

Frank big.jpgThese drawings were done using Photoshop. The process was very enjoyable and quite soothing seeing as it was the first time using Photoshop as a drawing medium.

Taking a Plaster Mold

As a continuation from my previous blog post “Making an Armature”, this post is going to be about taking a mold of the torso sculpted on that armature. Below (Fig 1) is a picture of the clay body.

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(Fig 1)

The first step in this process was to map out how the sculpture is going to be parted, a sketch can be seen in fig 2.

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It was decided that the sculpture would be separated in six parts, eliminating as many undercuts as possible. Each area was separated using small metal pieces, which acted as a support when the plaster was poured, as can be seen in fig 3. Three layers of plaster should be applied to each section, prior to the third layer a wire structure was inserted for durability.

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                                                                         (Fig 3)

After all the body was plastered, the demolding process took place two – three hours after. Once this was done, the mold was cleaned with a sponge and water to get rid of any residue, see fig 4 & 5. The mold then needs to be reassembled and the air pockets and seam lines should be smoothed out using clay, see fig 6.

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The mold was tied together using metal wire. The lower back will be attached at a later stage so as to apply the materials manually. This whole process took around 10 hours in general and another blog will follow showing the final result.

Making an Armature

There are many ways of making an armature, the method I chose was to carve it out of Styrofoam. The piece I was working on was a torso of approximately 70cm/ 30cm. The first step in this process was to map out the size and form of the torso on a large piece of paper, as can be seen in Fig 1.

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The next step was to trace the outline onto the piece of Styrofoam so as to have a reference when carving, see Fig 2. Since the drawing was done to show the exact size of the torso, the Styrofoam armature should be around one or two inches smaller, so as to leave space for a plaster layer and clay, see Fig 3. 18641234_10153962596687609_1473020160_o

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(Fig 3)

The next step was to embed a pole through the body and secure it to a base. The base should be quite thick so as to reduce movement while sculpting and remain sturdy. there should also be some form of plate just beneath the Styrofoam body so it does not slip down. This is something that I forgot to do myself and resulted in the metal rod piercing through my sculpture body at a later stage. After this was complete, i proceeded to cut up sac the material in squares, enough to cover the whole body. These material squares were then doused in plaster and neatly pasted all over your styrofoam body and left to dry. This can be seen in fig 4.

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(Fig 4)

The last step was to apply three coats of varnish to the structure so as to prevent the clay from drying out prematurely. The end result can be seen in fig 4, ready for clay application!

Painting

Painting is something that I turn to as a form of stress relief. The style of painting that i produce have harsh brushstrokes and are alla prima. This painting below is a portrait of a woman whose face is strangely divided using harsh lines. The initial intention for this painting was for it to be peaceful looking and somewhat pretty! Of course this was not the case, half way through the work I got quite frustrated, hence the painting ended up as is. Although this wasn’t my initial intention, I liked the end result. Aesthetically I am very happy with it, it has the right mix between light and dark and the creepiness in the painting is also something that i love because it is how I express myself.

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This is an oil painting, which was painted straight onto a wooden panel and the different textures in the background are created using an old brayer. Overall this was a very enjoyable experience that left me in a calm mood.

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