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Olduvai gorge

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by TWOMOONS, Mar 16, 2010.

  1. TWOMOONS Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    I would imagine this is probably the most ancient of all ancients... this vignette portrays a group of Australopethicus Afarensis..."Lucy", and her immediate family...about 3.2 million years ago. Olduvai Gorge is part of Tanzania and is a main area of reseach and discovery.
    Lucy is in the front, curiously looking at "something" just over the ridge. The male, her "mate" if you will, is gazing over her shoulder and keeps his weapon at the ready...the juvenile over-acts as he points it all out, and the older, greying female, through her one good eye, looks on, undaunted.
    Lucy is a modified Kaiyodo limited edition figure (plastic toy type) and the others are scratchbulit from various bits and pieces...plastic, wire, epoxy (A+B), Super Sculpey...whatever I could find. They are about 75mm tall
    Im trying hard to improve my photo-taking "skills" ( a stretch for me to use that word), but these are a little better I think.
    Comments welcome...

    PS. I do not wish to offend any Creationists or Intelligent Designers who may be members....this is purely a miniatures project for me...not a statement on science vs. religion.

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  2. mil-mart A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Phil, great sculpting and nice interaction between the characters, who I might add are acting typical for their age and gender. Like it. (y)

    Cheers Ken
  3. kansas kid Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    I really like what you have done here. A very creative and artistic
    presentation of this subject in a unique way. Good sculpting and super
    composition, re the base, its height (meaning that IMHO, height does
    attract attention, especially on a contest category table) and how
    the figures are displayed on top of it; and how they relate to each
    other. Very well thought out. (y)(y)(y)
  4. sarasmile New Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Excellent - love the expressions on the figures...
  5. Tommi A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    What a great idea, I like this very much (y)

    Cheers
    Tommi
  6. tonydawe A Fixture

    Country:
    Australia
    Hi Phil,

    I really like this imaginative vignette. You've captured a moment of time in early human history that may have been lost, but for the discovery of Lucy's bones some 3 million years after she died.
  7. TWOMOONS Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Thanks for the comments...I haven't done many uniformed subjects as a miniaturist in my many years, so I always wonder if my work is "kind of out there".
    Trying to combine simian /human expressions was a sculptural and modelling challenge...it still boils down to composition, interaction, expression, etc. just like any piece, in the end. But be aware: if anyone tries anything like this, the normal body anatomy and scale goes out of the window...the arms are much longer, the mid torso is more robust compared to humans, etc.
    Of course, the skull is a study in itself...the subleties and the not- so- subtleties are fascinating.
    On to humans...maybe.
  8. ubbi Active Member

    Country:
    Italy
    Very original a beautiful work !!

    cheers

    stefano
  9. Meehan34 A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    This was a neat idea and very well thought out. The ground work is very nice also. I really like your idea of using a plastic toy as a form for sculpting over. I have wanted to try sculpting also but didn't know where to start. I may give it a try using your technique.

    Thanks for posting this.
  10. megroot A Fixture

    Country:
    Netherlands
    Excellent and unique sculptwork.
    I really like it.

    Marc
  11. Ferris A Fixture

    Phil,

    This is truly original, I like it a lot!
    The composition is very well done, with something happening outside the vignette, the varying levels and 'types'.
    Congratulations!

    Cheers,
    Adrian
  12. Jamie Stokes Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Australia
    Phil,
    well done. I cant recall there ever being a figure study like this......outside of a museum or university.

    To do what you did, that pushes the boundaries of planet figure.(y)(y):D

    Bravo!
  13. frank h Well-Known Member

    Country:
    England
    Hi
    Good to see something unique
    I love all those Pre-history reconstruction tv programmes

    you have created a fine piece that tells a story

    Frank
  14. housecarl A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Brilliant idea well executed.
    Carl.

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