Taken A Sculpture Class

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"If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful at all."
--
Michelangelo

One of the many benefits of working for company like Lucasfilm is that every quarter, our amazing Training Department offers enrichment classes that range in topics from Python programming to painting to storytelling. For the summer, I decided to sign up for an eight week course on Maquette Sculpture. It's the first time I've ever taken a course in the five years I've been an employee.

This is in a room at work called Clay Bay. The class started with our instructor Richard Miller showing us how to make a basic armature. He made it look very easy. It was much less difficult than I thought it would be. We cut five pieces of this great wire.
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I shaped the wire that would later become the torso, hips and legs.
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I prepped the wire section that later become the arms.
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I built the armature, but I still had not decided what I wanted my sculpture to look like. I thought about making a cartoonish character, but I later made up my mind to make an overhead squat sculpture.

With an idea, I roughly shaped the armature into the correct pose.
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I drilled two holes in a piece of plywood so my armature could stand.
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It was now time to add Sculpey. A pretty cool trick that Richard showed us was to use a pasta machine to flatten the clay making it easier to work with.
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I finally started putting the Sculpey on the armature.
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I continued with this until the end of class.
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This was an awesome class. I did not expect to get this far with my sculpture in the first class. Richard definitely made sculpture much more accessible and in a very short time. I was very impressed.

As I was leaving tonight, one of the other guys in the class said, "That was the highlight of my week." I have a hard time disagreeing with him.


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