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Organic forms design

  • Class 15
  • Practice 30
  • Independent work 45
Total 90

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Organic forms design

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Course overview

The objective of this module is to enable students to learn the:
• continuing to build upon organic sculpting knowledge and skills of students further developing the student’s receptive and perceptive practices
• observe irregularities and deviations from the system which gives the character of the form and transfer anatomic built

This module is one of the vital components of the programme enhancing not only the receptive and perceptive practices as a whole but also providing a fundamental block for students aiming to conceptualize figurative characters and creatures or work as sculptors in the CG Industry.

Students are introduced to the methodology of systematic observation and perceptive abstraction of the art form they are creating and expressing in their own sculpture works through exercises. The exercises in this module are focused on (but not limited to) creating figurative portraits. This module relates to the program as a vital core for understanding 3D modelling in creative industries.

It is important for students to take this module in order to observe the regularities, the measuring system, and the ratio of the portrait, the head, and the bust. Then they are taught to observe irregularities and deviations from the system which gives the character of the form and transfer anatomic built, as well as enable the creation of a high-quality organic bust.

The industry standards today dictate that professionals are well versed in figurative art and this module contributes to the student’s development in the field of figurative sculpting as well as perceptive and conceptual figurative solutions on a professional level. The knowledge and skills presented in this module are enhancing the core skill set but also providing more specialized expertise in the fields of figurative art, sculpting, character/ creature conceptualization, etc.


Essential reading:
1. Faraut P., Faraut C. (2004) Portrait Sculpting: Anatomy and Expressions in Clay, New York, PCF Studios

Recommended reading:
1. Van der Keyl J., Cannon T.L. (2010) A Caricaturist's Handbook: How to Draw Caricatures and Master Exaggeration, Scotts Valley, California, Create Space Independent Publishing Platform
2. 3D Total Publishing (ed.) (2017) The Artist’s Guide to the Anatomy of the Human Head, Worcester, UK, 3D Total Publishing

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Minimal learning outcomes

  • Analyse and organize organic art form.
  • Connect certain tools according to appropriate art forms and solutions.
  • Analyse and compare receptive or perceptive model (a bust a head, sculpture) with certain sculpture solutions in regard to their form, character and anatomic built.
  • Create ones own busts according to various references and models, taking into account their specific character, form and anatomic built.

Preferred learning outcomes

  • Create its own sculpture solution in simple planes based on the analysed organic form.
  • Plan and evaluate the use of specific tools to reach a specific sculpture solution, i.e. the methodology of creating work pieces.
  • Substantiate and compare the methodology of creation of the bust and the correct solution for the bust compared to the receptive or perceptive model and other solutions in regard to their character, form and anatomic built.
  • Argue and evaluate how the bust created by its author, deals with the art problem in regard to character, form and anatomic built, and to identify potential alternatives of the art solution.
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