From a sketch I "rough out" a form by carving a Styrofoam block.
Another beginning of a model translated from doodles.
The form begins from a chosen view. After the X axis is cut out, I reduce the block on the Y axis, then the Z axis. From those three dimensions, I am free to merg the planes.
Foam model carved from a hot-wire tool.
This aluminum maquette was made from the "lost foam" technique.
Without a pantograph machine, this block was an enlargement scanned by my eyes.
The form approximately 60% complete.
The form for Conscience is seen for the last time before being clad with wax.
Start of a roughing out for Coalescence.
Another view of the final form.
Papier-mâché applied to the form.
Heavy papier-mâché pulp applied and textured with a meat tenderizer mallet.
Start of Broken.
After foam models are made, the wax work application takes more time than the traditional mold reproduction process.
A wax pattern before smoothing.
Some prototypes begin as plaster carvings.
Plaster model for Little Vital Machine.
Plaster model of Seeds on a foam plate.
A ferro-plaster study of Molting Self.
A tiny version of Molting Self made of spray painted carving wax. This model was superimposed for the Vinton Street public art proposal.
A rare case where I built the core out of clay for the purpose of supporting the original wax pattern for Conjunction.
A 3D sketch with aluminum wire and orange duct tape.
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