English 2 Honors
6 May 2014
The Art of Water-Based Sculpting
Part 1: My Questions
For my I-Search project, I have chosen to learn how to sculpt with a new clay medium to expand my “tool belt”; the profiles I make would be a good drawing reference, and would also aid me in experience and sculpting figurines with polymer clay. I would also learn the anatomy of the male and female face and head.
I will attempt to create a male head because I’m terrible at drawing and sculpting men. This relates to the research topic because I am sculpting the male head out of water based clay.
What I know about this topic is that it requires time, knowledge, and air-dry clay. Tools are recommended, but not needed, depending on the scale of the figure.
What I want to focus on and what I want to discover, is how to shape and sculpt the eyes because they are the most important part of the face - they show the most emotion, and as most romantics would say, “they are the window to the soul”. I also want to discover how to sculpt very short hair as it doesn’t flow like long hair does.
Part 2: My Search Process
With the help and power of the modern-day internet and world wide web, my search only took about several days. I began my research on Google.com, searching up well known sculptors that are still alive today. This lead me to Philippe Faraut.
I sent an email to him, but after two and a half weeks, his assistant replied. Sadly, as he busy with his work, he doesn’t have time to reply to me directly. On the other hand, his assistant did send me a file and link answering questions asked most about Mr. Faraut. Philippe Faraut, born in Annecy, France, 1963, is a classical sculptor that is known for his portrait sculptures. His mastery in sculpting began when he was a classical “furniture maker and wood-carver at Germain Sommelier in France”. His love for sculpting began as a hobby, which soon evolved into his career. When he was little, he had the opportunity to travel across the world to many countries and continents such as Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean. Since then, images of faces has been burned into his mind which to this day, influenced him. He has worked in forensic reconstruction, Dreamworks, Pixar, and made a sculpture for The Fisherman’s Daughter.
I also watched many of his videos on Youtube, as well as other sculpting videos. As I researched more and more and finally bought two books about sculpting - one about polymer clay and the other about water based - one theme came into mind; everything revolved and involved the study of anatomy and geometry. I felt very enlightened about this, as I am taking physiology next year in hopes of furthering my master of drawing, and hopefully, sculpting.
As I started the armature for the sculpt, I glued an 8 x 4 inch pvc pipe onto a 9x9 inch board. Then, I attached a styrofoam ball (did not know measurements of the ball) onto the pipe. The pipe represents the neck which supports the...