Carving the Human Figure: Studies in Wood and Stone

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Guild of Master Craftsman, 2001 - Crafts & Hobbies - 165 pages
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Perhaps the most glorious of all artworks, and certainly of all sculptures, are those celebrating the human figure. And yet many sculptors, even the most talented woodcarvers, lack the thorough knowledge of the body's structure essential to carving the human form successfully. Highly renowned sculptor Dick Onians offers a thorough grounding in the necessary skills. Basic anatomy, both male and female, is explained, with separate sections detailing how to carve the most difficult and prominent body parts, and clay modeling is used to graphically demonstrate how bones, muscles, and fat contribute to the outward shape. The emphasis is on carving in wood, but sculptors in stone and other media will find the information equally valuable. Dozens of color photographs show both finished pieces and works in progress. Stylized and abstract sculpture, the use of drapery, and the particular challenges of relief carving are also considered in depth. The result: carved images that come alive in your hands.

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Onians opens this important book by pointing out that the human form has been used for religious and secular ritual, magic, erotica, political ends, as an aid to prayer, and as memento of the dead ... Read full review

About the author (2001)

Dick Onians'nbsp; work is mainly abstract in wood and stone and but he does representational and traditional work and lettering on commission. His sculptures appear in private collections in Great Britain, Europe, Canada and the USA. Some of his sculptures have been cast in bronze and in resin. Many of the forms combine organic with mathematical elements, mostly concerned with endlessness, growth and continuous renewal.

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