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Old 02-25-2009, 10:16 AM
mountshang mountshang is offline
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Zorach explains Sculpture

Just found the online text of this bundle of sculpture ideas from 62 years ago.

Unfortunately, the pictures are not included -- but that's what Google is for.

Some of these ideas are humbug -- some are specific to the early 20th C. -- but who knows, perhaps there are some you will find useful -- as I did the following passage:

"When I am in the country and I want to carve a rabbit, I take my pad
and pencil out to the pen where there is a family of rabbits a farmer gave
me. At first I just sit and watch them, observing how they move and how
they are formed. Then I begin to make studies of them. I sit on the ground
and put my head down on a level with the rabbits and I make .drawings
of what I see. Then I study them looking down from the top, and make
more drawings. I study them from every angle until I know their forms,
the roundness of the back, the triangular shape of the head, their long
ears which are so alive, always alert to vibrations of sound; the position
of the eyes, the shape of the mouth, the construction of the legs. I make
notes of the design of each part and do drawings of the rabbits in endless
positions. I save all these drawings so that when I start to carve or model
a rabbit, I can tack them on a wall of my studio and they will bring back
to me all that I have observed.

The important thing to remember is that it is better to make quick
studies of living form in movement than to try carefully to draw a posed model. The important thing in drawing is to see the big, simple design
or shape. Your drawings are not made to show to other people. They are your own notes, and even if others may like to look at your drawings,
you must keep it in mind that they are the records that you are making of your own ideas and observations, and that they are useful when
they serve to bring back to your mind what you saw and felt."
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Old 02-25-2009, 10:55 AM
ironman ironman is offline
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Re: Zorach explains Sculpture

Hi, good advice, drawing is the underpinning of all fine art.
Have a great day,
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Old 04-18-2009, 03:02 AM
furby furby is offline
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Re: Zorach explains Sculpture

Thanks for that link
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Old 04-22-2009, 01:23 AM
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Re: Zorach explains Sculpture

Sounds like a good approach in general. Thanks for this quotation and the link.
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