Create a poseable armature for an animal sculpture:
Several people have mentioned that they’d like to make to make patterns for sculptures that show animals in twisted or dynamic postures.
I the technique shown in the video above to make my Basset Hound, but I did alter the method a little – and I had to do it twice. That’s just how the creative process works sometimes. He still came out really nice. You can see the entire video series here.
Why I started using patterns inside my sculptures:
I needed to make them fast, and that’s why I created the paper mache clay recipe.
But I didn’t use a pattern.
To make the cats, I bent wire in the shapes of the bodies, heads and legs, and then filled in the shapes with crumpled paper and masking tape. It did work, but it wasn’t easy. Soon after that I started using patterns inside almost all of my sculptures.
But the one benefit of the cat’s armature was that the legs and spine could be posed more easily in a dynamic posture. Cardboard doesn’t like to twist.
To see how I would do these cats today (or any animal sculpture that has a pose with a twisted spine), watch the video above. And click here if you’d like to check out that post about making a poseable hand armature that I mentioned in the video. You can also use it for paws.
If you try this idea for your next sculpture, I hope you’ll show it off in the comments below. And let me know what you think of this idea!