Few pictures showing my latest updates. Most of my recent work has been on the right side of the angel. I’m now working on the left side and hope to have him completed here in a few weeks. After that the demon side of the cigar ashtray is left with some minor work on the top of the vase.
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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.
In the attached pics I’ve done a little cleanup work on the wings and the demon’s face. I still have a very long ways to go with this piece but everything is starting to take shape now. The cleanup is pretty easy, it just takes a bit of time and patience to work through it.
- Instead of using a brush with rubbing alcohol, which is used to smooth out Super Sculpey, is use Orderless Mineral Spirits when working with wax.
- The key is to let the Mineral Spirits dry before moving onto the next stage. The wax will dull a bit and also tends to get a little tacky.
- Once dry I come back with my brush and warm water. The water will bead up on the wax and I can use quite a bit of pressure to clean the forms.
- If necessary I’ll also use a very smooth cloth that is soaked in warm water. The cloth is more ideal for larger areas and you can really adjust the pressure when smoothing out the forms.
These are the steps I typically take when smoothing out the various forms but there are times when a very fine grained sandpaper is necessary. Most of my work is textured and I usually use the sandpaper on areas that need to be very smooth. The following link goes into more detail on the steps I just covered – smoothing wax.
Now that I have the angel underway the next step is to start sculpting the demon. My goal here was to create a figure that was very contrasting to the angel. Since the angel is a very muscular male I wanted to create an opposing creature that was not only female but also composed of an unfamiliar form. Everything is still very rough at this stage but once I start cleaning up the sculpture I think it will all work out well.
** You can also see how the wings will merge together in some of the pics.
I’ve come to realize that most of my personal sculpting projects will probably never get completed. One example of this is a warrior angel sculpt that I started some time back. I really like a lot of things about this sculpture and after closely looking at it again I felt that it would be a great addition to my new cigar ashtray. The side benefit here is that I’m also able to shorten the amount of time that it will take me to complete this project.
The gallery below shows some progress pics of my angel. I’m sculpting the wings from scratch since the original ones really didn’t work well with my vase.
My goal for this tutorial is to show step-by-step how the GoreArtistry cigar ashtrays are created from concept to the final product. The tutorial will be covering the following topics.
- Basic picture tutorial for the sculpting of the ashtray
- Creating the mold
- Pouring a cold-cast bronze
- Sanding and polishing the cold-cast bronze
- Final product
The first step in any project is coming up with a design. Great sculpting on top of a poor design will in most cases result in a mediocre product. However, I’ve seen projects that have great designs with average sculpting skills create something that really is interesting to look at. My goal is to hopefully strive for the best of both worlds with a product that results from above average sculpting skills and a great design (we shall see if I’m able to pull it off). Read the rest of this entry »