Scarification is the act of creating shallow cuts in the skin to form designs and patterns. What happens is that the cuts would scar up forming bumps in the skin. The many bumps together form a pattern on the body in result creating a form of tribal art. Although scarification is not anything that I would want to do to my body, I have to admit that many of the designs are beautiful to look at. I’ve been wanting to sculpt a nude for some time because I knew it would be a great challenge for me.
Most of my figurative sculptures are of very muscular males and sculpting a woman, especially a nude, is not something that I have a lot of experience with. When it comes to my art I like to do things that are a little different then the norm. I love African art and a lot of the African culture so from the beginning I wanted to sculpt an African tribal woman. However, I wanted to do something different than the everyday sculptures that you see for this type of art.
While trying to come up with a unique idea for a sculpture I had flashed back to the scarification documentary that I watched on TV several months back. I knew that this is something that I had to give a try. It was going to be a great challenge and a very unique piece for me to create.
So with a little research on the web I finally came up with a unique idea for a sculpture that has everything that I am looking for. I have broken everything down below.
- The sculpture will be tastefully done as a nude which helps me improve my skills as a figurative sculpture.
- My goal is to create a piece that makes you think without being offensive.
- I want the subject of this piece to exemplify beauty but not in the traditional sense of beauty.
- Last but not least I want to create a variety of different textures for a type of art that would traditionally be smooth.
I laid out some big challenges in front of me and here are the step-by-step tutorials on how I created Indigenous Allure.
- indigenous – originating in and characteristic of a particular region or country; native (often fol. by to): the plants indigenous to Canada; the indigenous peoples of southern Africa.
- allure – to attract or tempt by something flattering or desirable.\
- Lesson 1 - Sculpting a tribal face
- Lesson 2 – Tribal Face Details
- Lesson 3 – Sculpting the tribal torso
- Lesson 4 – Sculpting the tribal arm
- Lesson 5 – Adding a skirt
- Lesson 6 – Skirt details
- Lesson 7 - Sculpting hair
- Lesson 8 – Tribal scars
- Lesson 9 – Changing the torso
- Lesson 10 – Sculpting the Breast – 1
- Lesson 11 – Changing the Breast – 2
- Lesson 12 – Sculpting the Breast – 3
- Lesson 13 – Sculpting the Belly Button
- Lesson 14 – Sculpting the Belly
- Lesson 15 – New Torso
- Lesson 16 – Adding Back the Scars
- Lesson 17 – Blending the Scars
- Lesson 18 - Tribal Back – 1
- Lesson 19 - Tribal Back – 2
- Lesson 20 – Tribal Back – 3
- Lesson 21 – Tribal Back – 4
- Lesson 22 – Tribal Back – 5
- Lesson 23 – Coming Soon