Sculpting the Figure with Stephen Perkins - Dogtown Sculptors, Oakland CA

Sculpting the Figure with Stephen Perkins - Dogtown Sculptors, Oakland CA

Dogtown Sculptors (map)

This workshop will appeal to anyone interested in the figure as an art form: sculptors, painters, draftsmen, and graphic artists alike. The workshop will focus on two areas of figure sculpture: (1) memory shapes, and (2) working methods. (1) Working from the male model, the first two days will focus on the archetypal or memory shapes of the figure by abstracting forms into simpler geometry and convex planes and working in a hierarchy from larger to smaller shapes. A figurative artist should have a fundamental concept of the archetypal shapes and how they fit together in order to construct a figure, that is, a map of the human figure. (2) Working from the female model, the last two days will focus on working methods in sculpting a dynamic pose from life, including capturing the gesture, blocking in the figure using a straight line method, carry through lines, rhythmic patterns and harmonies, and proportion.

Sculpting the Portrait with Stephen Perkins - DogTown Sculptors, Oakland CA

Sculpting the Portrait with Stephen Perkins - DogTown Sculptors, Oakland CA

Dogtown Sculptors (map)

This workshop will appeal to anyone interested in the portrait as an art form: sculptors, painters, draftsmen, and graphic artists alike. The workshop will focus on two areas of portrait sculpture: (1) structure or map of the head, and (2) working methods. (1) Working from Stephen’s demonstration, the first two days will focus on how to block in the head using basic convex planes, and then working in a hierarchy from larger to smaller shapes, create the fundamental structure or map of the head (as shown in the photo). (2) Working from the model, the last two days will focus on working methods in sculpting a portrait from life.