03-01-2008, 08:43 AM
Hey Metalman, pretty cool. Thought I would throw down my 2 bits, for what it's worth. Doing a classical sculpture like this is on my list of things to do as well :)
I think the overall gesture is nice, it definitely captures the feel of a man held captive. The stone surface is working pretty well too, although maybe if there was a bit less color/contrast etc might make it look a little more convincing.
If something needed some work, I would say the anatomy/proportions are a bit off. I know you are approaching this with a mannerist style, but anatomy should still be accurate, even when it's being exaggerated or stylized. His abdomen seems a bit long, although the abs being a bit too low is more of the issue I think. They look good though, just a little low. The clavicles/shoulder and arms definitely need some work. They are fairly anatomically incorrect. You should get some reference together to help guide you. Get some images of classic sculptures to see how other artists have addressed these areas. Michelangelo or Bernini would be a good place to start. The face looks pretty good. Good job on that. Faces can be tough. The beard isn't very beard like, and it looks like the temple area has an exceptionally hard edge there. I like his hair. It's a little stylized, but that's what's so fun about the mannerist style. Maybe give him some nipples, and maybe make his blindfold a bit more taught around his head....it would propably look better, and the tension of the blindfold would maybe enhance the tension of the image itself.
Also, the background is a little overwhelming, which is distracting from your sculpture a bit. The wall looks great, but maybe desaturate it a bit or add some plants/ivy or something to kind of push it back a bit. Or maybe try for some more interesting/dramatic lighting that could help push the wall back and bring your sculpture forward.
Anyway, that's my opinion on things. I'm by no means an authority on art or anything, but if it helps, then great. Anyway, good job, and good luck with things.
03-01-2008, 08:43 AM
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