Monday, March 20, 2006

Sculpture



It is fun to play around with clay. When we were constructing a house many years ago, we also had to dig a well for a water supply source. In the process of digging deep we hit a layer of clay. As a child, I remember being delighted with the amount of clay excavated. If my memory serves me right I treasured that big lump for a long time - tearing out bits of it to make endless odd shaped objects and small figurines.

Recently, I had a chance to indulge my need to dabble in clay when I bought some "clay that never dries" from an Art supply store. I just made up this bust of a bearded man in a hat. I have always found it easier to sketch men in beards and some headgear - you can easily cover up your anatomical errors under a hat and some facial hair! I'm sure the same applies to sculptures too.

17 comments:

Humour and last laugh said...

thanks for your kind words. You have nice blogs here. But i do not remember having visited them before. Pardon me if I am wrong. You have not updated your articles blog for long.

Suji said...

Its quite clear that you had a lot of practice on that lump of clay you got as a child. No wonder you are so good at it now. :)

himavant said...

hi! what a sculpture you made! really nice one.. are you going to 'burn' it? here in east java, people also make sculpture made of terracotta (clay?). low burn but hard enough. i can share you the pictures if you like. nice work! nice day!

arvindh said...

humour and last laugh,
Thank you. I need to update that blog. Will do so soon.

Suji,
Thank you very much!

himavant,
Thank you very much. This particular clay is non-drying (you can keep using it over and over). I have already reused this clay - he became an elephant and a couple of other shapes before being reduced back to the lump that he originally was!
Yes, I would love to see those terracotta sculptures you mention.

Gladtomeetin said...

Hey Even i am taken back to the memories of childhood, where even i used to make all shapes with clay ;-)) It Used to be Fun !

The Man with hat and Beard is cool !

Keep Rocking !

meghjanmi said...

The pleasure of working with hands is inimitable..
u r very good at whatever u d,be it sketching or painting or writing...kudos..it's a pleasure reading thru ur blogs and ooking at ur sketches..:)
as for me,i had been usy completing a tanjore painting and so didn't find to upload any sketches..am thinking a separate blog wud be better..like urs!!

arvindh said...

gladtomeetin,
Thank you! You should try it again - who says you cant have fun now?

meghjanmi,
Thank you for your kind encouraging words. Tanjore painting sounds very interesting. Looking forward to seeing it and your other sketches(in a fresh blog perhaps?)!

bingo and betty said...

... excellent.

arvindh said...

Thank you Bingo and Betty!

Mad Guru said...

I like the beard. And yes, they are great for hiding anatomical errors in drawings, paintings and real live people also. :p

arvindh said...

That is hilarious! I have seen people with, say, a double chin that they hate, and try to cover up with a french beard!

the heartful blogger said...

This is great! What fun.

Marie-Dom said...

This is really lovely.

Jo said...

You are a multi-talented person Aravindh. Nice sculpture you made and a nice pic with the right setting of light.

arvindh said...

Tammy Hanna, Marie-don and Jo,
Thank you all very much for your comments.

nirmala said...

yes its a fun job and also hard at times to create arty crafty things with clay ,u really did a gud job ,best of luck with ur work.

arvindh said...

Nirmala,
Thank you very much.