I’m starting to get used to the physical properties of the plastilene. I’m trying to take advantage of some of the aspects of plastilene which are more difficult to articulate with ceramic clay. That certainly became more apparent during today’s work session when I was able to work on the intermediate forms and start to segway into the smaller ones. Articulating the smaller forms in ceramic clay is always frustrating because the clay tends to get very hard and dry.
I keep my sculpture references intentionally unresolved in terms of the final form. A clean finished look in the form is unnecessary considering that ultimately the sculptures are simply a means to an end. There’s also something about keeping the form more ambiguous and vague that makes me work harder to generate original material during the drawing process.
While I get these sculpture references going, I’m also doing the preliminary grunt work for the drawings: sanding by hand the large sheets of clear Dura-Lar. I have a goal of sanding one sheet per night, which makes the process a little less grueling and repetitive.