Monday, June 1, 2009
The day job is finally slowing down a bit, so I had a chance to get a bit farther on the sculpture of my father. It still needs hair though and a bit more refinement, much like he did in his later years. Stupid cancer!
I'll be casting into plaster and transferring to marble when it is finally finished (soon I hope).
As a fun historical note, after creating marble busts of the deceased, the Romans put cremated remains inside. Not that we will do that, but I think it is kind of interesting.
Just think of the rich 'crematey' center the next time you are in the Louvre or somewhere with ancient marble busts.
In an effort to make more photo-realistic paintings (none of the interpretive modern art crap for me thanks), I bought a 'value finder'. It is basically a $5 little piece of cardboard with different shades of grey running from white to black so you can better isolate the colors in what you are trying to paint. I suppose I could have just printed one myself, but what if I screwed it up or something? I mean, getting ten shades of grey just right? Better to leave that to the experts.
My defacto neoclassical painting mentor Paul has a good article on this kind of Munsellishness here.
Hope that everyone had a good weekend, I did for a change.
Mio padre è morto di cancro lo scorso dicembre. Qui c'è il busto di lui che ho fatto...