SLEEPING PIG

A SCULPTURE PROJECT

January 2019
 
Polymer clay, acrylic paint
This sculpture was an assignment for my DSGN 102 [Design II: 3-D Form in Space] class at SCAD.
 
The theme of the project was "Pig", as the upcoming Chinese New Year fell on the year of pig when I took this class.
We were supposed to highlight one specific trait of a pig, or a person born in the year of pig, through our sculpture.
 
I chose the sleeping trait because that is the very first thing that comes to my mind when I think of a pig (also, my sister's zodiac is a pig and she loves sleeping).
The sketch here is the concept art that I came up with. I wanted to capture the serenity of a pig sleeping.
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After printing out my comprehensive sketch to-scale, I started forming the base armature using wires and aluminum foil. I then built up the structure using clay and shape them accordingly.
Once I reached the general form of the pig, I started adding smaller details. The toothpick is a useful tool to add creases and other texture around the skin.
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sssshhhh...
time to sleep in the oven :)
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After its nap in the oven, the pig was ready to be painted. I used acrylic paint to color the sculpture. I also added some layers of cotton on the blanket to give the illusion of fuzzy texture. The pillow was the most challenging to sculpt and paint, as I was trying to depict such a soft object through this hard clay.
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