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Sculpting the Figure in Clay: An Artistic and Technical Journey to Understanding the Creative and Dynamic Forces in Figurative Sculpture Paperback – Apr 20 2010


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill; 1 edition (April 20 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823099245
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823099245
  • Product Dimensions: 21.9 x 1.4 x 27.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 780 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #72,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Peter Rubino is an acclaimed sculptor of numerous private and corporate commissions. Among his many works, his piece Mother of Life,a ten-foot historic monument, graces Boyko research center at the Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Beer Sheva, Israel, and Angel, a thirty-five-foot monumental figure, was created for the Walt Disney Company. His previous book, The Portrait in Clay, has been translated into numerous languages, and he teaches annual workshops in both the United States and Italy utilizing his easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructional methods perfected over thirty-five years as an educator at such prestigious institutions as the Brooklyn Museum Art School and the National Academy School of Fine Arts in New York City. He has sculpted portraits of President Barack Obama, jazz icon Dave Brubeck, and sports legend Lou Gehrig. These and many other examples of Rubino’s work can be viewed at www.rubinostudio.com.

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I loved this book. I had no idea how to sculpt the female torso. I love using this book and felt I had a wonderful guide to help me through what I thought would be a most difficult process but instead a wonderful fulfilling one. I had my fellow students review this book as well my instructor and we all marvelled at the simplicity and subtle ess of this book Brian
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Made a torso following the instructions. Although I found a few steps missing I figured them out myself.Turned out quite well.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sidney7 on Sept. 4 2014
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Bon livre pour un débutant
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Scullpting the figure in clay Nov. 15 2010
By pottery person - Published on Amazon.com
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I find the book very informitive and precice. A very well illlistrated and written book. The illistrations are very important to me to help understand what I am sculpting.
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Great book Feb. 5 2011
By Barry W. Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
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I originally purchased and used Peter Rubino's first book when I began to sculpt. Years later I attended a masters class taught by the author where he opined that one day he would write book on figure sculpture. Apparently he completed and published the book which is great. It clearly describes a tried and true technique for figure sculpture that is an aid to both the novice and advanced sculptor.
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For the Beginner or Expert Sculptor, a Great Reference Jan. 20 2013
By HarbinCreative - Published on Amazon.com
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I teach sculpting and have for a number of years. I had mentors when I started sculpting, but I also relied heavily on reference materials,
from experts such as Rubino (the current author of this volume) and Bruno Lucchesi, among others. Though I put Bruno at the top of my list, a close second is Rubino. He is truly a gifted sculptor who is an expert teacher. This volume on Sculpting the Figure in Clay is his best and most comprehensive. It even includes black & white photos of models in various poses which are perfect for sculpting. I will certainly "steal" his suggestions. No other reference book of this type ventures into doing an "abstract" figure, after completing a realistic version. This section I found particularly instructive, as it makes it easier for me to relay this type of information to my current (and hopefully future) students.
As a fellow artist, I commend and congratulate Rubino on an excellent and indispensable sculpture reference book.
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good book Dec 26 2012
By alex heveri - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very good book for learning to sculpt the female figure. It gives instructions for each step and if you follow them, which it is easy to do, you will have a great sculpture. Furthermore, the instructions helps a beginning sculptor learn how to sculpt the female torso for any future venture. Good book, easy to follow.
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Great Book! I bought it twice! July 2 2014
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This book is awesome! I love the way the author approaches sculpting the torso form. A very valuable addition to my library, I will refer to it often! I bought one and apparently one of my students liked it so much it disappeared. So, I bought another one! Great book, don't hesitate with this purchase!


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