Sculpting Michelangelo’s David Eye!

One of the key projects I had to complete as part of the New Masters Academy sculpting program is to model a copy of Michelangelo’s David statue’s left eye. This is no small task–the video tutorial is 3 hours long! Before I could even begin, I had to order the plaster model of the David Eye online at the Museum Company.

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Then I constructed the platform to mount both the model and the armature for the eye. I’m not exactly a pro at building things, but it’s a given that you will have to learn to use a few power tools if you are going to master sculpting. 🙂

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I built up and blocked in my main forms and then had a coaching session with Johanna from New Masters Academy. She asked me to put the whole project on hold while I sculpted a couple of Poblano peppers. Sculpting organic objects is great preparation for modeling the human body.  I needed to learn to see and measure curves before attempting this project.

So I spent the next four weeks working on the peppers with my half finished David Eye staying soft ( I prayed!) under saran wrap, plastic bags and at one point super damp towels to re-soften it. It was starting to get too far into that ‘leather hard’ stage. I sure didn’t want to have to start from scratch!

Finally, this Saturday, I started working through the rest of the tutorial. I’ve actually watched the whole thing at least twice which is 5 hours of just ‘watching’.

I’m not done yet, but I couldn’t wait to show off my progress! You can easily see my errors. I have a lot of fixing to do and plan to work on it this afternoon.

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When that’s done, I’ll get as much drawing from Glenn Vilippu’s Drawing Construction of the Head series at NMA. I also ordered Peck’s anatomy. Fascinating stuff! When I’m done, Johanna says I can start on the sculpting the human skull!

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