I took a couple sculpture classes in college and thought I’d share some of the amateur sculpture work I made (and that one work I started and quickly learned that sometimes it is just fine to abandon a project!). What I really enjoyed about sculpture was that you can start with a lump of clay or a piece of plaster and can transform it into anything and everything. It’s like starting with a blank sheet of paper, the possibilities are overwhelming and often I don’t even know where to begin. With sculpture, I also found that not being very familiar with the materials made everything quite a bit harder for me. With the clay piece above, shaping the tiny little pieces was impossible when working with your hands because it would get warm and sticky :-/ I learned later that I would have wanted to that using tools (think dentist tools) made everything a lot easier.
This piece above was made entirely out of plaster and it was very hard not be break the tiny little details. It also took absolutely forever to make so I decided to play with that idea in my presentation, putting the object that I worked on meticulously for weeks under a wobbly stool. While I enjoyed by time with sculpture, it wasn’t quite as enjoyable as my more 2-D work.
Case in point: this guy below. He started as a very promising project, I was going to carve in an interesting guy I took a photo of during my travels into my travel guide books. I worked on the face for weeks, tried multiple drills, multiple set ups, multiple techniques. I’m sure if I had invested more time into it, eventually it would have resembled the image of the finished piece I had in my mind, but at a certain point I knew it was just time to move on. I know quitters get a bad rep, but it’s different when you’re no longer enjoying it :) And I was very very done with this guy.