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 .
       
     
 Final form.
       
     
 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.
       
     
 Another view.
       
     
 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.  Copyright © 2019 Travis Apel
       
     
 From a sketch I "rough out" a form by carving a Styrofoam block.
       
     

From a sketch I "rough out" a form by carving a Styrofoam block.

 Another beginning of a model translated from doodles.
       
     

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.
       
     

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.
       
     

Foam model carved from a hot-wire tool.

 This aluminum maquette was made from the "lost foam" technique.
       
     

This aluminum maquette was made from the "lost foam" technique.

 Without a pantograph machine, this block was an enlargement scanned by my eyes.
       
     

Without a pantograph machine, this block was an enlargement scanned by my eyes.

 The form approximately 60% complete.
       
     

The form approximately 60% complete.

 The form for  Conscience  is seen for the last time before being clad with wax.
       
     

The form for Conscience is seen for the last time before being clad with wax.

 Start of a roughing out for  Coalescence .
       
     

Start of a roughing out for Coalescence.

 Final form.
       
     

Final form.

 Another view of the final form.
       
     

Another view of the final form.

 Papier-mâché applied to the form.
       
     

Papier-mâché applied to the form.

 Heavy papier-mâché pulp applied and textured with a meat tenderizer mallet.
       
     

Heavy papier-mâché pulp applied and textured with a meat tenderizer mallet.

 Start of  Broken .
       
     

Start of Broken.

 After foam models are made, the wax work application takes more time than the traditional mold reproduction process.
       
     

After foam models are made, the wax work application takes more time than the traditional mold reproduction process.

 A wax pattern before smoothing.
       
     

A wax pattern before smoothing.

 Some prototypes begin as plaster carvings.
       
     

Some prototypes begin as plaster carvings.

 Plaster model for  Little Vital Machine .
       
     

Plaster model for Little Vital Machine.

 Plaster model of  Seeds  on a foam plate.
       
     

Plaster model of Seeds on a foam plate.

 A ferro-plaster study of  Molting Self .
       
     

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 tiny version of Molting Self made of spray painted carving wax.  This model was superimposed for the Vinton Street public art proposal.

 Another view.
       
     

Another view.

 A rare case where I built the core out of clay for the purpose of supporting the original wax pattern for Conjunction.
       
     

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.  Copyright © 2019 Travis Apel
       
     

A 3D sketch with aluminum wire and orange duct tape.

Copyright © 2019 Travis Apel