1. The Choosing of Composition
Before a sculptor touches her tools, she must have a clear picture in her mind of what she will be sculpting, it's purpose and disposition. This is established through the constant study of the living animal and all his attributes, the understanding of his natural anatomical structure, his disposition and an understanding of the "perfectly" conformed horse and the differing characteristics between breeds. Get a daily anatomy post in our private FaceBook group @Sculpture: Equine Anatomy.
2. Confirming composition
The sculptor is very fortunate to have many tools at her disposal for capturing the desired composition. Many often take the "easy" rout of photography, which has its uses but nothing can replace the process of sketching the composition before beginning the sculptural work. Sketching, either it be on paper or in clay, though we do encourage utilizing both mediums, helps the visualization process of the finished piece. This causes the artist to fully develop the idea into a charcoal sketch or a miniature quick sketch in clay. The artist will find the areas that are clearest and those that will need more developing for lack of visualization or understanding of movement or anatomy etc. Each new work should be approached from a point of curiosity. This enables the artist to see within herself what could be further developed to portray a more meaningful story through the work. Begin sketching today by registering for our upcoming introductory course by clicking the link Video Lessons!
3. Lets skip the artistic stuff and get to anatomy
For those who are interested in sculpting purely for the benefit of improving their understanding of anatomy and equine development, composition is still an important part of your journey. Composition is simply an artists word for the capturing of a desired movement. Therefor, making it equally important to the anatomist. You must know the movement of which to study so that your path to the understanding of the musculoskeletal development will be without mistake the study of the trot or the study of the horse in collection etc. Without this clarity, it is all too easy to become confused or derailed while studying. The topics within anatomy alone are so vast one must be clear about her purpose and goal.
4. The armature
This is where the sculptor begins to apply her understanding of joint location and function. At least a basic understanding of the bone structure will be required. This is becasue the armature dictates the external forming of the clay and its proportions. A poorly formed armature will result in a poorly formed horse. Learn about the skeletal structure as is applies to armature building in out upcoming Introduction course by clinking the link Video Lessons.
5. Taking time to prepare
It can never be stressed enough to a student the importance of preparation. A carefully thought out composition with the study of the natural behaviors of the preferred subject along with at least a basic understanding of the musculoskeletal structure will give the student a strong foundation to begin building accurate and well formed pieces both for artistic purposes and anatomical study.