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Sculpture statue - sketches by 000Fesbra000 Sculpture statue - sketches by 000Fesbra000
Some of the sketches I did for the "statue" prop thing. It's really difficult since it touches the realm of character design, but is more of an object than a character. So the question is what makes a statue (sculpture) a statue. Is it the materials? The pose? I need to contemplate the fact that this is something that's going to be eternal. So in this state it must remain as a true image of what its purpose is. It's an image, a representation of something. So it must be iconic more than something variable. It must remain in this grey area where you can observe it for hours and get a deep feeling of what it represents and at the same time get an immediate answer on what it is. Death is death wherever you look at it. Crude and grim. If you look deeper you can see a certain sense of piety for the human condition and the reflection of this selfless act of taking you away from your mortal state. Death its the carrier, this eternal worker that doesn't knows the meaning of fear and power. At its sight we are all equals.

So you see, there's so much you can get out of this inanimate object, at the same time as you get a straight forward view of what it depicts. I don't know if I'm gonna stay with the fairy. But I might also make an opposite rendition to something horrific and brutal so we get this range of possibilities well balanced.

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ailerozn Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014
Wow, I love the amount of research you put into this! Shows a lot of hard work. (:
lockphase Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I'd say that the 'larger than life' feel is a direct result of the sculpting process. Unlike digital methods, there is no reset/undo button for the rl sculptor. With that sort of pressure, every detail becomes important, from holding the pose to capturing the mood to the lighting to the integration with its environment to its grounding in emotive reality etc. The focal point isn't just visual but a holistic affair, best experienced where the sculpt is and not just from behind a monitor.

I'm not sure it looked like a fairy, felt more like a contemplative insecure angel. I guess it really depends on what the statute is supposed to depict. My 2 cts, hope it helps. :)
000Fesbra000 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
DreamKeeperArts Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014
That guy up there, he knows his stuff!
That's excellent advice, I'm glad I came back and read it!
DreamKeeperArts Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014
Your thoughts on the idea of what makes a statue are very interesting. I've honestly never thought about it before, at least, not with any serious reflection.
But looking back at statues I have seen, whether in life, or photos, or in movies - the common theme I've noticed is that no matter the size of the piece, they always seem "larger than life".
This sense of exaggeration (and I say "sense of", as this feeling exists even in sculptures that are not actually exaggerated in a visual or proportional way) seems to be, in part, what gives a statue the iconic value you are discussing. In some cases, it is the visual exaggeration of facial features, body proportions, etc, other times, it is the "hyper realism" - where it looks as though the statue could start moving and speaking, both natural and unnatural at the same time.
This trait also seems to be present in any culture in which sculpture is used.
Compare the Venus of Willedorf, Michelangelo's David, the Terracotta Warriors and Horses of Qin Shi Huang, or the Benin Bronze Sculptures -- they are all very different, of course, in medium and style, but they all hold that iconic property, that larger than life feel.
You captured that feeling in the face in the lower left corner, the eyes that are staring at everything and nothing, the set of the lips, the angle of the face - also the headdress and bearing of the [king? priest?] next to the knight.
The woman/angel in the center is getting there, I can't put my finger on it, but it looks more like you are drawing a person there, rather than a statue - but that may be part of the process. I have never been good at sculpture myself, and am envious of those who are.
Each reference piece you posted is a perfect example of the iconic value you are looking for.
Keep up the great work! I'm looking forward to seeing where you go with it!
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