I was asked to do a series of American Southwest wildlife bronzes. These Jack Rabbits are the first of 4 or 5 pieces I will be doing. They are 13 inches long each. When completed the overall length should be about 18 inches. That is small for me, especially considering the width will be only a few inches. I love seeing in progress pictures and processes, and I know there are others out there. I normally do an adjustable armature but these are small and measurements taken directly from approved concept artwork.
Thanks, Jordan, for the progression pics and the foam tips! I didn't know you used foam. Interesting idea!
I use the foil, but I love learning new things about sculpting! These Jack Rabbits are going to be fantastic!
(I love rabbits! ) Keep the pics coming! Love to see your work!!
Thanks Rhonda, no problem at all. I put up a new pic with a little clay added.
cant wait !
Is that foam you're using in the armature?
Yes, expanding foam from the hardware store. I prefer foam to aluminum foil though I use both depending on the application. Foam is easier to sculpt and remove if I run into it during the sculpting process.
I've never thought of using foam in that way. I've been using foil and it does indeed cause me trouble when I find I've used too much.
Can't wait to see more photos as you work on this!
Every sculpture you see in my gallery had a wire armature bulked out with foam. Ive tried using harder foams and cutting pieces and adding, but its a huge pain in the ass. This stuff expands into a cloud of foam and you just carve it with a steak knife or small hobby saw. If you find you missed an area, re apply more foam and cut it back when dry. My only advice? Do it in layers and give it ample time to cure. It gets messy when the center is still gooey. Another option is taxidermy foam from a 2 part mix. It is a dense foam and stronger, but fairly expensive and messy. I just lay the completed wire armature on some newspaper and go to town.
Cool tip with the foam, but don't you have to use the whole can at once so it doesn't seal itself up? I've used that spray can foam for it's true purpose and never could use the can more than once.
The little plastic trigger with the straw clogs up and its a one time use, but the nipple at the top of the can that the trigger threads onto can be unstopped easily. Let the foam build up a little bump when you put the cap back on. The next day its dry and can be gently twisted and removed, what is dry inside the nipple should come right out with it.
I should mention, once you have the armature carved and ready for clay. Blow it off to remove foam dust. Heat some clay in a crock pot or heat box. I have a microwave for clay and it works well for me. You want the clay like pudding (VERY HOT). I use a small joint knife, for dry wall, and spread it on like icing. It gets in the holes and gaps and creates a strong bond for your regular hand or light box warmed clay application.