In this splendidly detailed, generously illustrated text, the well-known American sculptor Richard McDermott Miller introduces the art of modeling the human figure in two media known for their liveliness and spontaneity. Recognizing the needs of the beginner as well as the interests of the professional artist, the book masterfully puts you quickly in possession of the basic procedures you'll need to get started, provides specific details on materials and tools, and launches you into actual projects specifically designed to teach you sculptural skills. The book first analyzes the human figure and describes the way the sculptor translates the figure into the modeled form: finding a personal style; working from photographs or memory; working from life; and capturing gesture, proportion and anatomy. Mr. Miller then describes, step by step, how to work with wax, how to sketch a small figure in wax, how to model the figure on a wax armature, and the process of hollow wax modeling. He follows the same procedure as he introduces working with plaster, from mixing it to modeling a hollow torso. Many other important topics, from mold-making techniques to working with models to finding out where and how to buy materials and tools, are presented. Throughout, Mr. Miller emphasizes the practice, rather than the theory of sculpture, emphasizing that, apart from the artist's need for personal expression, sculpture is a physical task involving the manipulation of materials. His concentration on the sculptor's working problems makes this an unusually useful and valuable guide to sculpting the human figure.
ANALYZES THE HUMAN FIGURE AND DESIGNED SCULPTURAL SKILLS
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This is one of the reference books I keep in my studio.It covers techinques on materials that are not covered in other sources. The set up of the book is logical and helps one to understand the materials and techinques valuable to a sculptor focusing on the figure and other forms of expression. So valuable are these techiques as they offer a sculptor the opportunity to quickly create his design with the use of fairly inexpensive materials. i highly recommend this book to anyone serious about sculpture.
"Figure Sculpture In Wax And Plaster" by Richard Miller is mainly about how to use materials, not about the shapes in a human figure. You learn things such as how to mix plaster as opposed to how to sculpt the muscles of the arms and legs. The book focuses on the "direct" use of wax and plaster. In the "direct" method, wax figures are created by using wax as one would use modeling clay, not by casting wax in a mold. Plaster figures are created by putting plaster and burlap on armatures. "Direct" wax or plaster sculpture has a rough and lumpy surface. (The figures on the cover of the book are an honest representation of what can be attained.) These methods are not useful to people who want to make scale models or highly realistic figures with smooth surfaces.
The book also has some projects involving casting wax and plaster.
The most outstanding feature of this book is the overall organization of its projects. They provide a gradual introduction to the...
Exactly what I was looking for. If you are looking for well illustrated practical instruction on plaster and wax modeling, then this will be perfect. Although it focuses on the human figure, the techniques could obviously be applied to any subject matter. Wax and plaster are both relatively cheap materials that have quick results and hold there shape and allow reworking later on.
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