In keeping with my current theme I started work on Summer. I’m going to work through pieces representing all the seasons – trying to improve my techniques with each one.

Starting with Summer, I’m going to use TruForm Armatures instead of creating my own. One of the things I struggle with is proportions, and getting those right up front makes all the difference in the final sculpture.

Using these TruForm armatures will help me keep my proportions straight and give my sculptures a solid foundation (I hope!).

In addition to using the TruForm armatures, I’m going to be building this sculpture from the inside out. I’m going to sculpt the full skeleton, then add the muscles, then finally the skin. My hope is that in sculpting this way, I’ll achieve a more realistically proportioned sculpture and one that more accurately represents the underlying anatomy than what I’ve been able to capture to date.

These types of sculptures are called ecorches – a French word meaning flayed. Technically they are sculptures that are half completed and half showing the muscles and bones, but my final piece will be complete with no exposed musculature.

Here is some progress to-date:

Side note: Feet are amazingly large – the human foot is approximately the same length as the forearm from the elbow to the wrist. On this figure that is four full inches! The sculpted bones look incredibly long!

I think this is part of my proportion problems with previous sculptures – I’m going by what my eye thinks rather than what the math tells me.

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