First I want to say I'm so delight to take part into this very challenging group build. Thank you very much, Todd and Andy for the invitation. Second, I would have preferred to respect the historical context, because Shakespeare tell us a story at 1600 starting from an XIIIth Century older history, that of Amleth, prince of Denmark, recorded in "Gesta Danorum" by Saxo Grammaticus. More details here: www.pitt.edu/~dash/amleth.html I'm not a specialist, so I can't tell more, but it seems to me, after looking to a lot of references, that the clothes are somehow (not entirely) related to XVIIth Century, the period of Shakespeare. You can see in the images selected below that cuttings from the area between shoulders and chest missing from the sculpture made by Juan Diaz for Heroes & Villains (otherwise, impressive). I'm not so skillfull to try making them so probably I'll choose a pattern like in the first image and hoping to solve the problem by painting. So, I have full "artistic license" to choose my colours. By the way, the images show, except the first one, the English earls and kings, some indicate richmen from Holland. The last image seems to me to have served as source for wonderfull box art painting by Fernando Ruiz. Here some references:
Hey mate, I also like this choice of bust, they seem to have given him a modern hair style compared to the permed wavy hair from that era! I never really appreciated the art of a bust until recently, after joining this group build I'm going to be hooked! I wish you the best of luck with this! Shay
Post by kaytermarram on Mar 7, 2015 10:21:17 GMT -5
Will be a cool paitjob! The Bust looks great and has something I cannot specify. Do not remember the name of the movie, but there is a Shakespeare film from Roland Emmerich in which he discuss some theories about the man and his work. Could be an interesting inspiration for the bust. Hope you start soon painting!
After quite a pause for me, it's time to come back. I've already prepared the bust, all the elements had the seam lines and other "un-esthetic" parts moved away (just a few, the quality of sculpture is amazing, you can see how the hair was molded). First, some photos with a preliminary stage (you can easily notice the problems eliminated from the skull):
And the horror scene: a finger thought is better to leave me (a disgracefull accident, nothing can't be repaired, don't worry!), a skull started to think he is the headmaster, the beautifull head is arranged to be placed but...whoops, someone else already took its place. What a really mess!
Frank, let's be honest, it would have been a nice challenge but they are some pieces that don't fit. First, the skull is looking straight, the real head is looking on a part, to a distant skull. It won't work. What idea to send to the onlooker? Second, the whole composition must be modified. The Skull has to receive some part of a spine and turned to the real head. I'm not so skillfull to make this and add with milliput (or epoxy)without problems (I mean to look harmonious)to the beautifull sculpture of torso And finally, think a little, with that skull, the torso is in contrast, it should have been one more skinny,with the clothes hanging. Then, yes, it would have show "realistic" and putting the alive head in his head, another possibility.Well, maybe now, I'm too limited to think about it more open-minded. To be or not to be...creative, that's the question! Nicolae