A friend of mine has recently become a qualified Yoga Instructor and he wanted a Ganesha sculpture as as centerpiece. Ganesha is a Hindu God, he is generally depicted with an elephant head and four arms holding various things, he represents a number of things from abundance, obstacles (placing and removing them to learn) and learning. You can read about him here.
He has commissioned me to do a sculpture of Ganesha. Initially we thought I would do the whole thing in digital 3D (Zbrush) and then print it but when we broke down the printing cost, it started to get beyond the budget. After some thought, I considered that this would be great as a multi-media sculpture including found objects (bones, feathers, etc), a mixing of 3D printed and hand sculpted parts to create a truly unique one of a kind object. Also to imbue the sculpture with spirit and fetish it.
‘A fetish (derived from the French fétiche; which comes from the Portuguese feitiço; and this in turn from Latin facticius, “artificial” and facere, “to make”) is an object believed to have supernatural powers, or in particular, a man-made object that has power over others. Essentially, fetishism is the emic attribution of inherent value or powers to an object.’ – Wikipedia
I will be documenting most of the process and will post some digital sculpting videos soon. We have settled on the concept and will develop it further during the digital sculpture face.
One of the reasons I love being able to go between traditional and digital tools when creating art is the flexibility, the ability to work collaboratively with people and to experiment freely.