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Human head sculpted in clay, refinement of facial features

Heather Spears

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Credit: Human head sculpted in clay, refinement of facial features. Credit: Heather Spears, photography ICandy. Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

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Photograph showing the refinement of facial details of a human head modelled in clay. This is an early stage in the process of anatomically modelling a human head. The skull is viewed from the front (anterior view) but was created by the sculptor working from behind (posterior view) primarily by touch. With the cranium completed, the sculptor now continues to work from the front. This image forms part of a series of work titled "Stranger than a Wolf" showing the gradual anatomical creation of a human head in clay. For the entire process (forming the cranial bone structure and placing the facial muscles, features and skin) see related images. As a reference, a male human skull was chosen from the Panum Collection, Copenhagen. Sculptor Ellie Scheepens was asked to reproduce it with attention to comparison and touch, and without viewing the front of the head and face (anterior view) at all. This unique method of forensic modelling was directed throughout the process by artist Heather Spears. Concept: artist, writer and educator Heather Spears. Sculpture: Ellie Scheepens. Photography: Orsolya Benkóczi and Isaac Carter.


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