Making Of The Running Horse
Sculpting a horse with accurate anatomy is challenging on many different levels. The order I worked through this project is the following:
- Sculpted the horse digitally
- 3d Printed
- Made a wax copy (by molding the plastic)
- Refined the forms and added detail
- Made a master mold. Poured new waxes for each finished piece (10 so far)
- The Art Castings of Colorado poured the bronze using the waxes I cleaned.
- Welded the sections together and detailed them
- Applied patination
- A friend and I made the white oak wood bases in his workshop
I have been exploring digital sculpting for a few years. In the past I was working algorithmically on abstract sculpture. With the growing accessibility to decent 3d printers I decided to move in that direction with my representational work as well. This proved to be more time consuming than I initially thought. I modeled the horse in zBrush.
What is zBrush?
I worked through several anatomy books. I made a rough ecorche model in zBrush that focuses on leg musculature. I relied on observation for the head and neck muscles and didn’t analyze them via ecorche. I am eager to study the neck and torso in more depth.
Constantly studying from life, I try to observe and include everything.