It's been way too long in between updates, but I didn't really have a whole lot to post. I've just been sculpting along very slowly. No new updates on Ganesha, but I am nearly done with the final version of the Ijiraq (see my post from last year for the sketch/rough version in Chavant). I'm really happy with how he's turned out and I'm just a few days away from being ready to bake and paint this sculpt.
Without further ado, here are photos of the sculpture, this time sculpted in Sculpey firm and Apoxie Clay.
I am a big believer in using reference whenever possible, and was lucky enough to be working on this piece in a time when a brilliant reference tool just happened to become available. It's called L'Ecorché, and it is currently available to use on your iPhone, iPod, or iPad, though the developer is currently working to put out versions for Android, PC, and Mac. Below are some of the sample images of the app from the iTunes store. What the app does is pretty simple and straightforward, but the benefits of such a tool are nearly immeasurable. You can rotate this three-dimensional anatomy model in every conceivable direction, and the high-resolution of the model allows you to zoom in as much as you want. The app comes with several different versions of the model, including a full skeleton, with all bony landmarks highlighted in orange on the skeleton. It's only five bucks, and though it doesn't replace my anatomy books, it goes a very, very long way to help me visualize the muscle groups detailed in them in three-dimensional space. I highly recommend it to all artists with an interest in anatomy, especially fellow sculptors.