How to Sculpt a Portrait

Learn how to sculpt a portrait as Davis Fandino renders Stan Winston in clay & bronze.

Description

Whether it’s a photograph, drawing, or painting, a portrait usually exists in two dimensions.  Some artists want to push beyond these boundaries.  For those looking to venture into that third dimension, the art of portrait sculpture is waiting for you.

Follow renowned artist and sculptor, Davis Fandino, as he guides you through the art of portrait sculpture, using the patron himself, Stan Winston, as his subject.  From starting with creating a basic armature to processing the final mold, every single step of the entire process is laid out in full detail.

WEBCOURSE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Building and using the correct armature
  • Roughing in the primary forms
  • Using tools to progress into secondary forms
  • Using both heat guns and cooling spray
  • Creating and using a block mold

 

Approximate Runtime is: 04:28:48

This DVD is a 2-Disc Set

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  1. Title & Introduction - 00:00:00
  2. Materials & Prepping the Workspace - 00:00:39
  3. Tools - 00:01:48
  4. Building the Armature - 00:05:26
  5. Roughing out the Sculpture - 00:09:27
  6. Facial Geometry - 00:23:42
  7. Roughing in the Features - 00:25:43
  8. Basic Structures - 00:35:58
  9. Eyes - Light & Shadow - 00:42:08
  10. Cheeks - Nailing the Expression - 00:46:04
  11. Eyelids & Eyes - 00:48:49
  12. Refining the Forms - 00:57:26
  13. Refinement of the Cranium Shape & Hair - 01:00:26
  14. Further Refinement of Secondary Forms - 01:08:06
  15. Detail Refinement - Eyes - 01:15:37
  16. Sculpt - Day 2: A Personality Emerges - 01:25:08
  17. Relying on Your Reference - 01:35:12
  18. Hands vs. Tools - 01:39:33
  19. Posing the Head - 01:43:06
  20. Roughing Out Clothing - 01:47:24
  21. The Benefits of Tool Marks - 01:56:37
  22. Eye Refinement - 01:59:16
  23. Sculpting Hair - 02:04:20
  24. Ear Refinement - 02:13:06
  25. Flame & Cold Air to Tighten Forms - 02:19:34
  26. Refining the Other Ear - 02:21:43
  27. Critiques in Accuracy - 02:30:07
  28. Recap Off-Camera Refinement & Prep for Detail - 02:31:09
  29. Unifying the Surface Detail - 02:32:30
  30. Hair - Fine Detailing - 02:36:16
  31. Eyes - Fine Detailing - 02:41:41
  32. Carving in the Pupil - 02:44:04
  33. The Mini Torch - 02:49:17
  34. Hair and Beard Further Detail Refinement - 02:50:37
  35. Deliberate Tool Markings Bring Focus to the Face - 02:58:01
  36. Wrinkles, Worry Lines & Facial Detail - 03:03:30
  37. Finishing - 03:08:51
  38. Last Words on Finessing the Sculpt - 03:10:57
  39. The Block Mold - 03:12:01
  40. Sealing - 03:13:11
  41. The Mold Wall Box & Base - 03:15:18
  42. Mixing Silicone - 03:23:43
  43. The Evacuator - 03:33:05
  44. Pouring Silicone - 03:35:36
  45. De-molding - 03:38:57
  46. Cleaning the Mold - 03:52:56
  47. Pouring the Polyurethane Resin - 03:55:09
  48. The Finished Mold - 04:06:42
  49. The Foundry - 04:10:36
  50. The Bronze Casting Process - 04:12:48

Materials

CLICK on the links below to find the materials you need for this lesson. 

 

Some items might be harder to find, but a little internet scouring usually finds you everything you'll need.

 

Burman Industries

Naimie's Beauty Center

Reynolds Advanced Materials

Smooth-On Inc.

 

FOR YOUR WORK STATION

  • Apron
  • Armature
    • Wooden Board
    • Dowel Rod
    • Aluminum Armature Wire
  • Compressed Air Gun
  • Evacuator
  • Latex Gloves
  • Lazy Susan
  • Reference Pictures of Portrait Subject
  • Small Mirror
  • Warming Oven for Clay

 

CLAYS/PLASTERS

  • Chavant Clay NSP Medium

 

CLEAR COATS/GLOSSES/MATTING AGENTS

  • Krylon Crystal Clear

 

LATEX/SILICONE

  • 1065 Silicone

 

PAINT/BRISTLE BRUSHES

  • Chip Brushes

 

RESINS

  • Polyurethane Resin AB

 

SKIN PAINTS/POWDERS

  • Unscented Talcum Powder

 

SPONGES/POWDER PUFFS

  • Open Cell Reticulated Scott Foam
  • Smaller Cell Foam

 

THINNERS/SOLVENTS

  • 99% Alcohol

 

TOOLS

  • BITS AND INDEXES
    • Drill Bit
  • CRIMPING, PLIERS AND GRIPPING TOOLS
    • Mold Pliers/Spreaders
  • CUTTING TOOLS
    • Box Cutter
    • Scalpel or X-acto Knife
  • MEASURING TOOLS
    • Calipers
    • Retractable Measuring Tape
    • Scale
    • Tailor Tape Measure (flexible)
  • POWER TOOLS
    • Heat Gun
    • Hot Glue Gun w/glue sticks
  • SCULPTING TOOLS
    • Loop Tools – various shapes
    • Serrated Loop Tools – Large and Small
    • Wooden Tool – pointy end & flat end
  • TORCHES, SOLDER AND ACCESSORIES
    • Bernzomatic Handheld Blowtorch
    • Bernzomatic Mini Handheld Torch
  • OTHER TOOLS
    • Wall/Paint Scraper

 

SUPPLIES

  • Air Duster Can
  • Duct Tape
  • Marker
  • Mixing Buckets
  • Paint Stir Sticks
  • Paper Towels
  • Plastic Cups
  • Quik-Tube Concrete Form

 

HEALTH/SAFETY PRECAUTIONS

When working with toxic and/or dangerous materials or tools:

ALWAYS read labels for appropriate use guidelines
ALWAYS wear a high-grade respirator
ALWAYS work in a well-ventilated area
ALWAYS protect your skin
ALWAYS wear eye protection

Reference Materials

REFERENCE MATERIALS

  • Human Anatomy for Artists Book
  • Human Skull Replica

Artist Information

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Davis Fandino

Fine Art Sculptor and Key Sculptor for ADI, Davis Fandino passes easily between the worlds of blockbuster film and high art.

Davis discovered his calling as a sculptor as a teen while watching a biography of Michelangelo. Later,...

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