Sculpture: Heroic Male, my first attempt

You have to start somewhere. So, I went to the local art store and bought a dozen boxes of clay.

To create something like this, you need to have a vision with great clarity to be able to capture the rhythm and proportion of the human body.

To do so, I studied the hundreds of photos I had taken on visits to sites of antiquity to learn the forms and conventions of the time. This is not a copy of an original work, but an original work, inspired by classical proportion.

After is was done, I tried to get it "fired", but couldn't find a kiln big enough, so I had to buy one and learn how to use it. Not knowing anything about clay, I had made the figure solid, before finding out it needed to be hollow to fire so it wouldn't explode. My construction experience came in handy. I bought some auger bits and drilled the piece out from the bottom.

This photo was take before firing. After firing, the sculpture is white to resemble classical marble.

 

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