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1Pre-Funk Presenter: Lance Dooley WAEA ConferencePre-Funk Presenter: Lance DooleyTopic: Armatures for Fun and for Sculpting
2So what is an armature anyways? An armature is a metallic or wooden construct that is used to aid in the construction of a clay sculpture.
3After you create a metallic armature, you can add clay over it and slowly build up to the sculpture’s desired surface forms.In this case, you see this is a sculpture of a woman’s portrait + shoulders.
5Two views of the clay sculpture in various stages of refinement. Remember, underneath the clay is still the armature doing it’s job: holding up the clay.
6New subject: Bald Eagle Gesture: The overall dynamic appearance of lines, shapes and forms.Static – Appearing still, lifeless, and straight.Dynamic – Implying action or change.Armatures have a second purpose: mimic the gesture of the subject
7Armatures may have to be structurally reinforced or enriched further, depending on the complexity of the project.
8When using armatures for animals or humans, the application of anatomical knowledge becomes very important.
9Chronological progression of a sculpture from left to right.
10New Subject: CougarHere we have an image of the skeleton of a cougarHow would you begin a cougar sculpture??
11Create a chart of the skeletal components of an animal and then add columns showing various scaled versions.
12A one-sixth scale maquette is first made. Then, the armature for the one-third scale is made with heavy gauge steel rod (3/8” inch diameter).
13Cougar armature is enhanced with bendable aluminum wire and hose clamps.
14Clay is added to create a block-in. My favorite tools shown in foreground.