Friday, 22 May 2015

Project 9 - 3D Profile Faces

figure 1
figure 2
figure 3

You Will Need:

Modelling Lincoln board
Pastels - Jumbo Oil Pastels in black, white and grey shades
Fixative Spray
Face Mask (when spraying)
Cutting Board and craft knife (adult use)

What to Do:

On the card draw a full face of your own design, including neck and shoulders ensuring the bottom has a nice long, straight base to it. Cut it out. Colour in and shade the skin tones and hair with an assortment of pastels shades of grey, black and white, blending across the forehead, down the nose and the cheeks and neck with the fingers. Define facial features, hair and neckline areas with the tip of a black pastel. Adults to make a single, centre-line cut/incision from the bottom to the chin as shown in figure 1

As figure 2 demonstrates, using the first head as a pattern, repeat the process. This time drawing a side profile imagining how the person would look at side view, so ensuring that the size matches that of the first head, and that facial features, with eye glasses and hair fringe, or hat (if applicable), length of nose and shape of chin falling in line with the front facing model, remember to include the neck and side turned shoulder and a straight edged run along the bottom. Cut it out, and colour in with the pastels. Ensure that you enrol your adult once again to make a one long, single cut/incision down from the centre top of the head downwards to where the chin roughly appears.

You can set the artwork by using the fixative spray. Set your two model components on some old sheets of newspaper, and, while wearing a face mask and keeping your arms outstretched, spray evenly, keeping the spray away from the eyes when you do so. Leave a few minutes to dry.

figure 3 shows the model assembled, use the incisions made in each component as a way of slotting it together. You may have to tweak the length of one or both of the cuts to arrive at a the best positioning and standing that can be achieved.

Achieving the classical, statuesque look works really well on these models. The one above should be Michelangelo's David, but someone once said they thought it was the Queen! I found this stupendous design of Julius Caesar (figure 4) by my son, done in one of our art sessions during his Roman obsessive phase, sadly not a pic of the whole model but you can get an idea of a subject from it.

figure 4

the images below are taken from a family session I once led at the Herbert Museum & Art Gallery in Coventry, where a young participant did her own take of a modern girl in colour

Pretty cool, all in all, don't you think!

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