Part 3: Characters in Three Dimensions

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Activity 3A: Seeing in 3-D
Hester Studios
Hester Studios portfolio examples of clay sketches, design maquettes, and CGI models used in major films and animation; these examples allow the viewer to see the differences between these types of sculpture and how they are used (see in particular “Design Maquettes,” “Clay Sculpture,” and “Digitizing Models”).
Damon Bard Interview (from the Character Design Blogspot)
Damon Bard describes the maquette process, materials that go into maquette making, and how maquettes are used. At the end of the interview, there is a very large gallery of Damon Bard’s maquettes, from films such as Ratatouille, Surf’s Up, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Madagascar, Star Wars Episode III, The Bee Movie,and Coraline. The images can be opened in a larger window.
More examples of Damon Bard’s maquettes can be found in his Web portfolio:
Digital Media FX Maquettes: Several individual examples of animated characters
Building Character: From Concept Studies to Maquettes and Animation
From Concept Art to Finished Puppets: An Interview with Graham G. Maiden, Puppet Fabrication Supervisor on Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride
This page includes concept art by Tim Burton and character studies by Carlos Grangel, as well as sculptures and puppets.
Making His Mark in Clay: An Interview with Nick Park, Creator of Wallace and Gromit and Co-Director of DreamWorks, LLC and Aardman’s Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
This page includes concept art, character studies, film stills, and photos showing how the film was made.
The Art of Making Pixar’s Ratatouille
This page includes digital art, concept art, character studies, screen shots, and an interview with Brad Bird.
Sculpture that Incorporates Human or Humanoid Figures
California Artist,1982, by Robert Arneson
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Construction of Mount Rushmore:
The Prince Impérial with His Dog Néro, 1912 by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux
The Funeral, 1995 by Marisol
Death Cart, 1986 by Luis Tapia
La Pelona, 1980 by Ester Hernández
The Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer, cast in 1922 from a mixed-media sculpture modeled ca. 1879–80 by Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas
Big Baby, 2003 by Nina Levy
Maquettes in Fine Arts
Model for California Artist, 1982, glazed ceramic, 12 1/4 x 4 3/4 x 3 3/4 inches by Robert Arneson
from Scarlett, 2/12/2004: 2 events usher in exhibition
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California Artist,1982, stoneware with glazes, 68 1/4 x 27 1/2 x 20 1/4 inches by Robert Arneson
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Maquette for Fallen Warrior, 1956 by Henry Moore
Compare to:
The Falling Warrior, 1956–1959
Inner Eye (Maquette III), 1952 by Lynne Chadwick