I can’t believe we have already reached the halfway point- week 5 in Ecorche with Rey Bustos at LAAFA! Class number five focused largely on process, as this week’s tasks were to complete the skeletal body and “bake” the ecorche to permanently harden the Sculpey.
In class, Rey demonstrated how to finish the delicate bones of the lower arm, the radius and the ulna. Rey recommended stringing the tiny finger bones onto the wire like beads. This simple technique creates a sophisticated skeletal model of the human hand.
For the fleshed out right hand, Rey drew us a diagram of the palm. He encouraged us to make our ecorches’ hands expressive, and to add creases, or flexure lines, for a lifelike effect. Everyone had more than enough armature wire to support the fingers on each hand. We just cut off what we didn’t need after completing both hands.
The next lecture topic was Rey’s favorite bone: the scapula. I have to admit, floating like wings on the human back, scapulae are beautiful bones. Rey showed us how to mold the organic protrusions that define the scapulae. He also showed us how to attach the left scapula so that only the socket, or glenoid fossa rests against the head of the humerus. As you can see, this was a well-documented moment of the class. 😉
Back at home, I carefully followed the written instructions Rey gave us on baking our ecorches. Behold! Five weeks of sculpting permanently set in polymer clay! Now, before adding the muscles, all I have to do is paint and varnish the bones. I’ll post an update on the painting and finishing process soon!