Re: A Sculptor's Nightmare
The problems with the sculpture go far beyond the difficulties of working from photos. The drapery of the suit has about 200 more wrinkles than are needed, and add nothing to the understanding of the movement of the suit besides clutter and confusion. The reason the face does not work is because features look wooden. It does look like it was done from a photograph, but using the photgraph as an endpoint. A sensitive sculptor can evaluate a photograph and use it as a starting point, adding life back into the work with their skill and understanding of life beyond the form. The way the surfaces of clothing were treated, which need not rely on photos, leads me to believe that the fault lay with the sculptor's eye, not the acknowledged difficulty of the assignment.