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Some Simple Sculptural Studies

Flicking through my sketchbooks, I came across these. Some quick simple sketches on some figurative sculptures that took my eye. I didn’t know where my sculpture was going, but by virtue of making studies, my ideas were able to develop and give me a greater idea of where my sculptural ideas were heading:

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I’m embarrassed to share this next image, because I know it’s a study of one of the figures from Rodin’s Burghers of Calais. Whilst, it looks NOTHING like the figure I was studying (it’s so frustrating when you make a study that doesn’t resemble the subject), something I do like about it, is I feel I’ve captured the emotion and expression. The facial expression is of torment, exasperation and fatigue…would you agree?

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Posted by on November 15, 2013 in Studies

 

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Sculpting a Sculpture

In my first year at uni, I spent a lot of time sculpting things out of Plaster of Paris. It was a pretty cool medium to be working with – although it did get pretty dusty, pretty quickly. Masks were essential.

Whilst looking through my sketch books I found some of my studies and preliminary drawings that were part of my project. At first I just flicked on through to some other studies, but then thought better and decided to add them here…

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Marc Godfrey Sketch Blog Sculpture Studies

I remember at school having to make Plaster of Paris and it was really difficult to make it right. It needs to be the texture of single cream, with no lumps. At uni, I became a demon at it! I was seriously good…the envy of the class. I thanked my trusty notes when watching my tutor explain how to do it…

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I think my last note is particularly enlightening.

What else can you do with plaster…?

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Posted by on June 30, 2013 in Studies

 

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Studies for a Sculpture Project

In my first year at the Cambridge School of Art, I predominantly study sculpture. I would spend days and days in the studio, covered in plaster (my chosen medium – typically, the I chose the messiest media to work in). We spent most of the early days, carving designs out of a block of plaster. These sketches below, are some of my initial ideas of what I was going to sculpt, based on organic imagery from nature books.

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Plaster is actually a great material to carve into. You have to be really careful, because it is so fragile, but you can get some great results, from the diverse textures you can create.

I don’t know if was because we were studying the work of Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth in my Art History classes, that my work seem to channel an inspiration from them.

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Marc Godfrey Sketch Blog Sculpture Studies

Usually looking to create more mess, I studied a couple of images that I liked, using my fingers as my brush (or mark-maker, as we sometimes referred to it in class – I liked the idea of Marc-making, the best). Never wanting to waste any paint (or a perfectly paint-laden finger), I would often make crappy pictures in the back of my art books. This one particularly made me smile…as judging from the picture on the left hand page, it might be easy to work out what film I had watched the previous evening!!

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A couple weeks ago, I saw the play “The Pitmen Painters” – it was so fantastic (can’t recommend it highly enough), and what I loved most, was it took right back to my Art Studio days. The play is about art, and the nature of what it is, asking; What makes art, Art? Whilst they mused and discussed the work of Moore and Hepworth, amongst others. As artists themselves, they would sit in their studio and critique each other’s work, again, taking me back to the countless art crits that we had to do.

We had a few seminars on “What is Art?”, and we came to a similar conclusion as the play did…But what about you? What do you think makes art, Art? Let’s debate…leave your comments below.

 
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Posted by on May 27, 2013 in Studies

 

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