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04 April 2005, 09:34 PM
I love sculpture, and if you know great artists, please post!!

I start with the marvelous Camille Claudel and Auguste Rodin. Camille, raises of Rodin since

1883, will become its mistress. The two artists will influence themselves mutually.

This sculpture is called "L'ge mr" 1899
Sakountala 1905

From Rodin

04 April 2005, 09:49 PM
Michaellangelo. ( sp ? )

BTW, I'm clueless as to how that these guys created sculptures out of marble.
If you make one mistake, there is no fixing it.
How did they do it :bowdown: ?
Especially, the delicate areas of the sculpture. How did they carve the stone without cracking it ?
Also how did they 'block out' the proportions correctly ?

04 April 2005, 10:35 PM
ush, im afraid i dont know more about famous sculptures than the thinker of Rodin. I would love to see this thread evolve and get enlightened in this fabulous world of sculpture art.

04 April 2005, 11:00 PM
BTW, I'm clueless as to how that these guys created sculptures out of marble.
If you make one mistake, there is no fixing it.
How did they do it :bowdown: ?
Especially, the delicate areas of the sculpture. How did they carve the stone without cracking it ?
Also how did they 'block out' the proportions correctly ?

I've got some documents about sculpture on marble,but in french , i try to translate this one in

english and post in this thread as soon as possible.

Edgar Degas is a french painter and he made some marvelous sculpture.
Little Dancer of 14 Years

04 April 2005, 11:09 PM
How did they do it?

THere are certainly a variety of methods for subtractive work with stone. The majority of the situations involving working marble are pretty straightforward.

There is a pretty basic set of tools involved. Sets of hammers and chisels for rough, medium and fine work. Usually the hammers are very heavy, of either metal or wood (mallets). The chisels are of varying lengths and thicknesses, and usually have a different blade depending on the type of cut you want (i.e. pointing, lining, blocking, etc.)

The difficulty in working with marble is not so much in the possibility of cracking or splintering, as marble (particularly Carrera marble) is actually quite "soft;" That is to say, it is workable as opposed to granite or stone with higher metallic/oreic concetrations. Marble has a high concentration of very fine silicates combined with a very tight molecular "lattice" which makes it possible to remove very small amounts of material along almost any axis without fracturing it along a plane in any given direction.

The real difficulty and danger in working marble (or any stone) is the repetetive motion with the use of the tools. It is VERY VERY tiring. Swing a 5lb. hammer against a 5lb., 2 foot long steel chisel in a 12" arc about 500 times, and you will see my point. The material is actually pretty easy to remove. The danger in ruining a work is that your arms and hands get very tired, and it is quite easy to miss a swing. Compound this with the fact that progress is extremely slow, and you have yourself a perfect opportunity to screw something up with a careless swing. The individual blows are not actually very hard. Most would assume that you have to really smash the h*ll out of it to remove some material, but thats not the case at all. It's more like thousands of tiny swings like a jackhammer that removes a tiny bit at a time. DUring the process it is necessary to switch to various degrees of chisels:Blunt pointers and short blades to go from blocking or roughing out an area, liner chisels (with teeth) to shape and increase detail, and then very fine smaller liners and rasps/files with and without teeth to polish the details prior to actual finish polishing.

To rough out or block out the designs, usually you start with a square block, and draw the image on each face of the block as it will appear when looking directly at that face. Then, while removing larger chunks with a heavy pointer or bladed chisel, occasionally going back in with charcoal and redefining the drawing.

Hope this helped.

04 April 2005, 11:22 PM
I found a great link that shows the process of carving marble really well:

04 April 2005, 11:26 PM
Thanks for the info there Maciavelli!

I always wondered how it was done, I've only gotten around to making little clay things. H*ll of a lot of fun though.:)

04 April 2005, 12:45 AM
Don't forget the rasps and callipers and other tools for scaling up your maquette. As an introduction to the techniques used in various types sculpting media the book The Complete Guide to Sculpture, Modelling and Ceramics (, despite its title, is pretty good.

My favourite sculpture is anything mesoamerican.

04 April 2005, 01:45 AM
Here are a few of my favorite sculptors.

De L'Esprie

Jill Willich

Mark Newman

Richard MacDonald


Seth Vandable

Victor Issa


04 April 2005, 05:16 AM
Michelangelo, Bernini, Rodin, and Nirasawa are my favorite sculptors.

04 April 2005, 05:50 AM
Giacometti and Henry Moore are a couple more great sculptors.

And I'm obsessed by Ron Mueck, who sculpts so believably that his work is often mistaken for lifecasts.

04 April 2005, 06:02 AM
one of my faves

Harry D'Amour
04 April 2005, 06:58 AM
The Swedish sculptor Carl Milles (http://

04 April 2005, 02:22 PM
Thanks for the link Mr d'amour :thumbsup:


04 April 2005, 02:31 PM
Tony Craggs ( minimalistic work but also his big variety of different forms and materials he is working with.

04 April 2005, 03:16 PM
For figurative scultpure, art of the Greeks of the Hellenistic period is amazing (and the Roman copies as well.) The Laocoon Group for example:

and then there's this guy:

I see copies of that one everywhere.


04 April 2005, 08:49 PM
My name, (and my occupation), is 'Stonecutter'...
After a couple of years off from my gemstone carving, spent doing CG 3D stuff, which I LOVE doing BTW, I am back doing my 'real work', and was delighted to see this addition to CG Talk. I have been doing stonework since the age of 8, and would be glad to give an insiders' view on the methods, and tools of carving whether large scale or small, from the benefit of just short of 50 years experience, and although it may be the wrong place to do so, I would like to share my own work, so here is a piece I have just gotten back to after a long absence, cut from top grade Lapis Lazuli from Afghanistan.
This is still just rough-cut, has not been polished yet, and is just under 4" long...It still has about 8 hours of work left in it to complete the rough cutting, and then I will polish it with Diamond compound on bamboo skewer sections, held in a flexible-shaft machine, my modern adaption of ancient Chinese techniques.
I hope you enjoy my modern contribution to the thread.

04 April 2005, 02:12 AM
Here is my two cents in the thread. I have been sculpting for over a year on clay and I absolutely love it. I started sculpting to enhance my drawing & CG skills. I have to say It has help me so much that I recommend to all of my friends to take sculpting. Anyways, while I was in Italy I found this sculture of St. Bartholomew in the Duomo in Milan. It is from an uknown artist and what I really like is how he has his own skin wrap around his body. It is a really impressive work mainly because it is kind of creepy but also he has a look of defience in his expression as is he is not suffering but he is rather calm.

04 April 2005, 05:07 PM
Here are two contemporary classical sculptors whose work I have a lot of respect for.

Sabin Howard (

Robert Bodem (

04 April 2005, 09:57 PM
well.. some of you know this man - H.R GIGER

great concepts, sculptures, furnitures. however he is a varied artist, and his sculpts are also based on his paintings.. does that count?

05 May 2005, 04:15 PM
If you don't know john brown.....

05 May 2005, 04:36 PM
as much as these artists are amazing, Michaelangelo's Pieta exceeds sculpting talents and approaches living creation...

if God creates us like Michelangelo sculpts, then no wonder it takes nine months to give birth to a human...

05 May 2005, 06:00 PM
Michelangelo is without any doubts my favorite artist. Every single time i go to see the Mos in the church of San Pietro In Vincoli here in Rome (basically once a month) i'd want to take a gazillion photos of every single cm of the whole marble.

That said i gotta add there are some other sculptors that influenced me a lot: Gian Lorenzo Bernini is the first one of them, starting from his "Ratto Di Proserpina"

and going on with his "Apollo E Dafne"

Other names that fill my personal archive (too many books in my room, gotta buy another shelf :rolleyes: ) are Canova, Donatello, Rodin, Henry Moore, Giambologna, Picasso, Ghiberti, Cellini and many more, i'd better not post anything else here or i'll fill a whole page :)

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