October 29th, 2014
Part 6 of 6 – Paint & Clothing
This is the 6th and final post of our 6-part series discussing the management and fabrication of human figures. Last month, we covered what goes into the figures (literally) and how they are assembled. This month, we’ll discuss paint, hair, clothing, and theming.
September 17th, 2014
Part 5 of 6 – Armature & Assembly
In this 5th installment of our Figure Guide we’ll be discussing figure armature and assembly.
This the fourth post of a 6 part series discussing the management of figures which will have sculpted bodies or heads. The decision to sculpt a figure’s body or head is made for two very different reasons. (more…)
Wanted: Exhibit Designer
You have spent the last four to ten years fundraising for new exhibits. You’ve written so many grant proposals your head is swimming. Finally, the time has come! You have the green light to start designing your exhibit space.
So what do you do now? I imagine choosing a design firm is a rather daunting task. You may be wondering, “Where do I start?” or “What are the qualifications I should look for in a firm?” (more…)
Part 3 of 6: Life Casting
This the 3rd post of a 6 part series discussing the management and fabrication of human figures. This month we’ll be discussing the process of life casting and its place in creating a figure. We tend to be a little sloppy when we use the term life cast, often using it as a substitute for “figure.” Some figures are completely assembled from life casts but most are a combination of sculpted and life cast pieces and some are totally sculpted with no life cast components at all.
The term “life cast” refers to the process of making a mold of a body part from a live model. Life casting is preferable to sculpting whenever a suitable model is available. Life casting is an exact reproduction. The level of detail and scientific accuracy life casting produces is impossible to completely achieve by sculpting. The most common use of life casting is for hands and heads. If the figure being produced is of a young child, member of a historical ethnic group, or a historical person the head will most likely need to be sculpted instead of life cast. (more…)