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Analysis of Expressive Human Sculpture

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Since the objectives of our last human figure project were tofamiliarize with the proportions of the human body on top of trying to recreate a 3D model of a human figure according to the proportions.With our basic anatomical knowledge already established, the objective of this second human sculpture project was to focus more on trying to convey a feeling and express something meaningful through the motion and distortion of body parts. A clutched fist could, for example, become significantly larger than any other body part if the objective of the artist was to convey anger. In this project, the anatomical accuracy was not as important as the message and feeling transmitted by the figure. 


For my project, I chose to represent the feeling of idleness. The feeling of decaying from hopelessness and inability to move, yet still hinting at a glimmer of hope. I wanted to represent someone who wishes to become better but is so unable to get up and move on that it manifests physically in their b…

Analysis of Human Figure Sculpture

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This project was designated for us to better understand the proportions of a human being. To begin with, we weren’t exactly familiar with how parts of the human body were sized, or if they were considered large/small in comparison to other parts. Therefore sculpting the human figure was the first step in getting a firsthand experience with these proportions. We are no longer working with coils for this project, nor with terra-cotta clay. The coils would fail to be the best way to sculpt a human figure, for it would be hard to get the exact proportions - which is what the project was aiming for.It was a relatively new and different project from what we had been doing before, however, it wasn’t discouraging because of the skills necessary to work with clay were still applicable.

Before we started modeling our human figures, we had to practice with the human proportions through drawing. We were handed in a piece of paper with an anatomical reference to either a man or a woman. The figure w…

Process of Human Figure Sculpture

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To begin this new project, we had to become acquainted with the anatomy of the human body, especially the proportion of the body parts. In order to do that, we copied an anatomical drawing of either a man or a woman.  We separated the body into 8 horizontal sections (as for the height) and 2 vertical sections (as for the width). Each section would contain the around where each body part is actually located in the human body. This activity was done so we could notice some trends and debunk some assumptions of how we previously thought the human body would look like. 

Process of Ancient Pottery Replica Project

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For this project, the objective was to attempt to hone our techniques with clay now that we have had the chance to get started and introduced into the world with our first coil project. The goal was to replicate ancient pottery using precise measurements. For this project, I decided to go back to my roots and recreate ancient Chinese teapot. 
In the beginning, I had done well following the measurements. That was when I realized that the base of my teapot was too narrow and small.  Compared to the image, it looked more like a teacup than a pot. It wasn't until I had begun working on the transitional part that Ms. Ariani warned me about this mishap. After she suggested that we cut the bottom in half and add more coils to create volume, the piece did considerably grow in size and in bulkiness.

With that obstacle overcome, I moved on the finishing the pot. It was not too challenging to finish the rest by myself until I had realized there was an issue by the end of the last class we ha…

Analysis of Ancient Pottery Replica Project

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The purpose of this assignment was to intricately replicate an ancient pottery using accurate measurements from the picture on paper of the chosen pottery and applying them to fit the real size reproduction. With the basic knowledge of ceramics and the techniques necessary to work with clay already ingrained in our brains from the previous project, this time we would strive to even further sharpen our ability to work with coils and clay by having a more solid and less flexible task, which means we would not be focusing on being creative. With our previous project, we were free to take whichever route we wanted in order to create our pieces, that allowed us to have a lot of flexibility to change things ad-libitum. This time, there were limitations. To produce an accurate replica, it is extremely important that we followed the measurements painstakingly, otherwise, the piece would definitely turn out to be inaccurate. I would say that for me, I managed to meet this criterion to a great …

Analysis of Creative Coil Projct

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The purpose of this assignment was to get us initiated into the dynamics of ceramics, requiring us to devise a original creative piece that could be anything as long as the idea came from you and that it would include a visible sense of movement. By first allowing us to do a creative project, we would understand the implications of how accuracy matters when it comes to making ceramics. Many of us didn't manage to keep the original plan and carry it out flawlessly due this project being the first time we worked with clay, but that was acceptable thanks to the nature of this assignment being a creative one, which would allow for mid-project changes if needed. The element of movement added a challenge that was not too hard but also in hopes to encourage us not to just have it so easy. 

For my project, I decided to make a tilted honey jug that would be pouring some honey out of the beak. Just the fact that the jug would be tilted already fulfilled the criteria of a visible sense of mov…

Process of Creative Coil

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Process of Creative Coil 
For the Creative Coil project, our objective was to create a piece that harbored both a sense of movement and originality with the coils of terracotta clay. We had the freedom to choose what we would make, as this was our first project out of many, therefore I attempted to accommodate both my personal interests as well as the requirements for the project. After pondering and sketching out a few ideas, I settled down on a jug of honey where you could see the coils to simulate the appearance of a beehive. 





To incorporate the movement, I wanted to make it as if it were tilted and pouring honey. To add some more realism to it, I decided to add tiny bees to the body afterward.  There were two ways I could approach this: make it straight and then slam it against a surface to bend it and give it the pouring movement, or making it tilted by adding coils such that it would not be perfectly aligned with the base - one part pushing out while the other leans in. I took …