Ecorche´- study of muscle anatomy in clay

ecorche study in clay ©Lori Kiplinger Pandy

I'm continuing with my self-study, refresher of anatomy. This 1/2 life sized sculpture is being created by layering on the clay as muscles. As I work on the piece, I'm considering the role of the muscle - how round or flat is it? What is the function of the muscle and how does it effect the surface shapes when flexed?

Yes, this is a tedious exercise - and well worth every minute. It's so tempting to stop and go to surface forms, but that would defeat the purpose. Forcing yourself to really place the muscle, with it's origins and insertions, leads to greater understanding of the body....and understanding the body frees you to sculpt with confidence.

Jmac classic clay medium.

ecorche study in clay ©Lori Kiplinger Pandy


ecorche study in clay ©Lori Kiplinger Pandy
ecorche study in clay ©Lori Kiplinger Pandy
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