A first lifelike sculpture attempt

by Gloria Dwomoh on 21st March, 2013 at 11:19 AM CEST

What is a sculpture?

According to thefreedictionary.com it is:

“The art or practice of shaping figures or designs in the round or in relief, as by chiseling marble, modeling clay, or casting in metal. A three-dimensional work of plastic art”

Through history we can see sculpture from the very beginning. God the Genesis of sculpting. 

Genesis 2:7: “then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.” 

Some worth mentioning famous sculptors are Michaelangelo along with Donatello, Auguste Rodin and others.

One morning I decided to do something more challenging. I started sculpting for a photography competition I wanted to take part in the summer of 2012. I had no prior experience in sculpting but I had a vision of how I wanted my picture to look like and that involved me sculpting to look exactly as I wanted. Later on I had some remaining clay. I thought “why don’t I make something challenging?” so I went about asking few people what do they think I should make. I decided to do what looked demanding in my perspective. That was a lifelike sculpture. I really liked cute little baby sculptures and I thought it would be great to try. So I started gathering random tools around the house like glue, toothpicks, clay et cetera that I believed would help me come up with what I wanted. A miniature baby that looked real. That’s how it began. The first hours things didn’t look good. I sculpted it then a little pressure would spoil it and I had to start over again. I continually looked at baby pictures to keep in mind of the scale and human features. After some good amount of trying to master the clay I was able to come up the basic body parts. 

I went ahead and asked for feedback and not all were good. But I continued trying to work it out. Sculpting really teaches you patience. Because it’s the essence that makes sure you finish what you started. No matter how it looked like initially, patience and willpower took me through it from beginning to end. As you work with such sculpture you also start seeing human anatomy elaborated. Anything you decide to sculpt you must pay attention to the details. Things you never noticed before becomes the icing on the cake. The little details change a whole picture. 

Finally I did it! I wanted it to be a girl but it turned to look like a boy. That’s funny. When I held the finished material in my hands I felt so content with my work. I accomplished something good. At that moment it was like me experiencing the miracle of life right before my eyes. It intrigued me to think as a Christian of how God is patient enough to create so many human beings. It also taught me to love unconditionally because when you hold it in your hands you have no choice but to love it! It happens instantly. So everyone around the world remember. You were born to be loved. Your life is worth living. 

Sculpture is a beautiful art that teaches valuable life lessons while allowing you to give a form to what you envision. 

Gloria Dwomoh - Action Team #10

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Muhammad Ali Ali

Muhammad Ali Ali

very inspiring Writing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


25th March, 2013 @ 12:39 PM CEST

Gloria Dwomoh

Gloria Dwomoh | Action team

Thanks Muhammad! I'm glad to inspire you.

25th March, 2013 @ 3:15 PM CEST

Hitesh Thakkar

Hitesh Thakkar

Good learning for all of us from this article..

27th March, 2013 @ 6:37 PM CEST

Gloria Dwomoh

Gloria Dwomoh | Action team

Thanks Hitesh :)

27th March, 2013 @ 7:08 PM CEST

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