Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Thinking About Sculpture Tools #1
Don't be satisfied by the meagre array of tools your local art store. Even Sculpture House no longer offers much variety.
The tools you use are part of what makes your art unique. Take the time and make yourself a new tool that does exactly what you need it to do.
The search for creating good forms and textures gives you permission for that ongoing collection of interesting rocks, bones, fabric, wood, any surface that catches your interest and inspires you. Keeping a good photo reference file of textures, both real and other artist’s interpretations is valuable. Look at not just what they made but try to understand how they made it. What tools did they use? To make your own tools all you need is a clear idea of what you want the tool to do and some scrap aluminum or hard wood, a saw, some files and sandpaper. When shaping the tool, it's helpful to keep a center line drawn down the middle to help keep the balance equal.
The full range of texture in your sculpture is what draws the viewer closer. It’s what makes them want to touch your art and be touched by it.