When working on a larger sculpture I like to bounce around a lot by not spending too much time one a particular section. I’ve found that the overall sculpting seems to flow better when you move around the various forms. Also, since I usually spend anywhere form 100-200 hours on my larger pieces I’m able to keep the sculpture more interesting by investing a limited amount of time on each section. The other advantage for moving around is that it is easier to make the overall sculpture more symmetrical.
I have to admit though that at times I tend to become too fixated on one section. For example, I’ve been guilty on many occasions for putting too much work on one side of the body while ignoring the other half (which is unfortunately happening on this piece). This mistake can create a huge headache when I try to blend the two forms together. However the mistake is easy to make because sometimes you just want to really flesh out one section of a sculpture to see if you like the design enough to carry through the entire piece.
I’ve spent quite a bit of time on the demon half of this sculpture and have decided to revisit the logo on the sculpture so that I can break up the monotony a little bit. The logo falls under where the wings join together and really merges the angel and demon halves of the ashtray together. I’ve included a few pics below on my progress and will take more pictures once I come closer to completion.