I’m going to let you into the inner sanctum of my approach to sculpting. COMPOSITION is EVERYTHING! A lot of it is instinctual but it has also become a rational decision making process. I’m starting a new mutual-figured piece. 1890’s football team. Having a blast researching it out. If you boil it down to very simple geometric shapes, one could easily make an abstract work of art out of the entire thing. If the composition, balance and design is not there…..I can guarantee you the piece will be weak and people will not connect with it. I’ve learned that people “feel” great composition, rather than see it.
Notice that in the above drawing are two large circles that intersect and create a vesica piscis. MasterCard uses that symbol for their logo.
There are a lot more geometric shapes than I’ve drawn. It’s fun to discover them as I’m sculpting. There are lots of figure eights, large triangles and diamonds.
In the studio. Still a month to go on this bad boy.
I love the fringe side of the old west. Truly, conquistadors roamed the North American continent centuries before a cowboy ever through a loop over a steer.
“For Spain, Glory and Gold”
Below, I included a video with this post. I pray it works, as I would like to include more in future posts.
So, I had the folks at the foundry begin a piece for me. They welded an armature together, put foam over it, trimmed the foam and applied the initial layer of clay. I arrived at the foundry (6 AM) to have them load it on my trailer. I figured it best to drive it to the studio in the cool of the morning. I’m quite certain this piece will be in the clay for about a year before it’s finished. It’s going to be a cowboy riding hell bent for leather on his horse.
I thought it be fun to pull over in Sardine Canyon, south of Logan, and take a picture.
So….. I’m often asked by people, “Do you ever sell the clay sculpture after the mold is made?”
The clay, on the left, is headed to the foundry tomorrow. I thought it’d be fun to show how it will look as a completed bronze, with wood base and cast tag.
Cleaning off my shelves with another idea that has lingered too long. For me, it’s actually common to rough in a piece and get the jest of an idea down and look at it for years….as a clay sculpture. Don’t judge the piece too harshly, I’ve only sculpted on it about five days over the past three years.
The special part about creating this piece is it’s an idea given to me five or six years ago by a client, who has become a dear friend. In his own right, he has the soul of an artist. On numerous occasions I have heard him talk about his love of the arts and weep while doing so.
If you have a suggestion please send it my way. I’m trying to decide if I should make the person in the canoe a Native American or Mountain Man?
The reason I like it being an Indian is I get to show the human anatomy and not cover it with clothing. That’s straight out of my mentor (Fritz White’s) playbook.
Almost every time I create a sculpture I cut the clay head off and sculpt it in my hands. It allows me to turn it and look at it from every angle. It assists me to be able to turn the head at will and see it from all perspectives.
If you look at the sculpture below, with the man on a horse, you’ll see the head ‘blocked in’. That’s the first draft. This morning,
I cut the head off and spent about 15 minutes creating this second draft.
I know I will have a minimum of five drafts on this head.
Ok sculpture fans…….and those who can identify with procrastination.
Here’s a piece I’ve had in the clay for seven years. Probably, six of those years I haven’t touched it. It’s just been taking up space in storage units or at my studio. About a month ago my wife said, “Why don’t you finish ‘Not even a whisper’?” I thought, “heck why not!”
I really am considering the title, “Wisdom lives to fight another day”
15″ high x 29″ wide
My website: ScottRogersSculpture.com
About 15 years ago I was visiting an artist friend in a remote location. The closest city of 1000 people was 10 miles away. Being completely surrounded by nature it was easy to pick out things that were man-made. Tin cans on the side of the road or stray pieces of paper / wrappers were easily identified.
At that time a thought occurred to me. Do my sculptures blend in with nature? I thought I would try an experiment. Having with me two or three sculptures in the back of my pick up, I went and got one out of the back of my pick up and set it amongst the sage brush and cedars. I was curious to see if it would fit in or stick out as something that didn’t belong.
From that time forward my goal has been to sculpt works of art that fit in with a natural landscape.
This is a new piece just delivered to a gallery for pre-cast sales.
Not firm on a title:
“War Horse” or “Big Medicine”
Does anyone both hear and act on “whispers” like I do? I find that when I listen to the faintest glimpse of an idea……I often find genius.
I’m driving to Santa Fe New Mexico and on my way I’m passing through Price, Utah. Out of the blue I get the idea to photograph a sculpture “now”. This is a piece that I don’t have a good photograph of the finished bronze. It’s inconvenient, I’d rather wait, perhaps find a better location, it’s freezing outside. But then I get the prompting a second time. And from past experience, I know that the prompting won’t be repeated again.
I set up my tripod and used my 35mm camera and took a dozen pictures.
I will take these photos home, upload to my computer and Photoshop the best one with the background of my choice.
THE PONY EXPRESS
I’ve had the grandest time researching and creating this piece. As early as I can find, baseball made its way out west as early as 1860 (San Francisco). I found baseball clubs in Texas and Colorado…..probably mining towns.
I drew a lot from old photos. Guys in bare feet and overalls touched my heart. Straw hats, quilted pants, small leather belts around ankles (to hold pants tight) all found their way into this piece.
I do love the fringe side of the old west.
It’s fun to make two or three bozzetti’s at the same time. One of my mentors, Stanley Bleifeld, taught me to do that. In one of his classes we started with clay and in 15 minutes we had to have a small sketch completed.
Oft times I find that the honesty and spontaneity of the smaller clay sketches works are better than the larger bronzes.
Even though I’ve been making small sketches for decades, I never new there was a word for it. The word is BOZZETTI. It means, “a small sketch”. Many artist will use a bozzetti to work out compositional problems for a major work of art.
I wanted to do another poker game and put the setting in a bunk house.
Here is my 45 min sketch. I’ll spend a couple months making it larger.