Creating a Statuette

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About the author:
Eugene F. Fairbanks, is a son of the sculptor Avard T. Fairbanks, and often assisted in the studio and darkroom. He graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School and practiced 50 years as a family physician. During these years, he accumulated photographs of the sculptures and has documented the process Avard used. He has published seven other books of Avard T. Fairbanks sculptures. Avard T. Fairbanks is listed as posthumous author.

Creating a Statuette

Avard T. Fairbanks' Method

Authored by Eugene F. Fairbanks
Authored with Avard T. Fairbanks

This book about how to model a statuette is offered to help students and serious amateurs in their endeavors. Avard Fairbanks' statuettes - "Pele, the Hawaiian Volcano Goddess" and "Smoke Signal" - were photographed as a systematic process, and explanations are included, stressing the elements of design and anatomy. Also included is "The Hawaiian Fisherman" statuette. Since Dr. Avard T. Fairbanks was a university professor of fine art, the outline of the book is a simulated demonstration lecture. Nude female figures and nearly nude male figures are chosen, not only to exemplify the natural beauty of the human physique, but also to emphasize the importance of anatomical modeling, since it is fundamental to the creation of fine sculpture. The anatomical illustrations were selected from lecture notes distributed to students. Illustrations, tables, and discussions of human proportions were a part of his doctoral thesis, a dissertation titled "Anatomic Design". Visit to see more art and books on Avard T. Fairbanks, and other books for artists by the author.

Publication Date:
150285953X / 9781502859532
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
8.5" x 11"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Art / Techniques / Sculpting

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