Yesterday I was able to get almost all of the finishing touches done on these two clay faces. Lately I’ve been enjoying the beginning stages of sculpting so much that the finishing stages have seemed less exciting for me. For a little while it was the other way around; I used to dread the importance of the beginning stages and looked forward to the security of the finishing stages.
In the initial stages I have to be very quick, sharp, and alert in order to capture the gesture of the facial expression. Essentially, I see the first stage as a three-dimensional gesture drawing. Lately in the later stages I feel like what I’m sculpting is solely cosmetic, that I’m just polishing the surface.