08.05.10 Toolin' Along, part I
In addition to the fine control you have in removing clay, the grooves formed by this tool help you to visually define different areas of the sculpture -- in this case the semimembranosus, gracilis, semitendinosus, caudal biceps femorus and gastrocnemius muscles of the hindquarter. Will these striations remain visible in the final sculpture? No. They are used at this stage as an analytical tool while the sculpture develops. However, this tool can be re-employed later to suggest coat texture.
There are a variety of shapes and sizes of serrated loop tools made for sculptors, many of them are available through the Sculpture Depot. This one, the #405, is relatively small at 7 inches long with a loop of only 5/16 inches across.
We'll be looking at other tools in future posts. In the meantime, what's the tool you find yourself reaching for most often?