Art and posts by Kristopher Battles, Marine Combat Artist
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
A mule and his Marine-- Making a Mountainside
Today I finished constructing the basic shape of the armature which will hold the "mountainside" under the Marine and mule figures.
I had started a few days ago on the slope, using wood and nails to block it out:
Then I used wire screen and staples to make the form upon which the sculpting wax would be applied:
Finally, I applied melted wax to the screen and thus fleshed out the armature mountainside.
Next, I will add some girth to the base of the armature, so that the final cast bronze will not be top-heavy with mule... but I want to make sure it's not too heavy-looking and that the base has an uplift and a lightness to it. This may be a stubborn task-- perhaps just as stubborn as the subject itself!
I am a landscape and portrait painter of the Classical Realist school, inspired by the masters of art history as I paint the world around me.
I am currently serving as a Combat Artist in the US Marine Corps.
ALL VIEWS expressed on this blog are mine alone.