Setting the scale

The first step in scaling to full-size is to decide upon the scale.  Our first encounter with a sculpture is usually an awareness of scale; the size of the work relative to its surroundings.  In the open air, to make a figure appear life size, I generally increase the dimensions of the sculpture by at least 1.25, which ups the volume by something like 60% (maths experts please verify).  As Tom is sitting, I am going a little larger.

From maquette to full size, I work out a percentage increase.  Later I will work back from the full size to the ley figure.  I kind of know why I do it this way round, but find it hard to explain - its allong the lines of not wishing to dilute the spirit of the maquette with an interim stage.  As you will see in the armature stage in a later post, the feeling of the maquette should be apparent even in the steel superstructure.

Here are some stage photos of the maquette enlargement process

 Squaring off the baseboard for the maquette....my lucky board...before Tom this was used for John Bonham....the curve is for John and I paint around Tom's maquette so as to distinguish the marks.

Squaring off the baseboard for the maquette....my lucky board...before Tom this was used for John Bonham....the curve is for John and I paint around Tom's maquette so as to distinguish the marks.

 The maquette baseboard to levelled and the maquette secured with filler.

The maquette baseboard to levelled and the maquette secured with filler.

 With a laser level I mark out reference lines on the maquette that coincide with crosshairs drawn on the baseboard.

With a laser level I mark out reference lines on the maquette that coincide with crosshairs drawn on the baseboard.

 The full size baseboard is made with corresponding crosshairs and a painted footprint of the seat under Tom.  The board is secured to a turntable and levelled.

The full size baseboard is made with corresponding crosshairs and a painted footprint of the seat under Tom.  The board is secured to a turntable and levelled.

This my first go at time-lapse Taine...thanks for the tips.  Will aim to improve as the project progresses