In the creative process I discovered the powerful influence that images and objects have on people and their state of mind. This is what happens when I am in search of my next masterpiece.
My work generally tries to make an impression on the viewer: pushing the emotions through the object is for me a constant task, I pursue it while the form is being constituted, my mind is obsessed with the viewer and his reaction.

Oscar Cedillo and clay prototype.

The divine creative process of Michelangelo

Michelangelo’s creative process involved a combination of technical mastery, profound understanding of human anatomy, and a visionary approach that brought his sculptures to life. His sculptures continue to inspire and captivate audiences centuries later, serving as a testament to his extraordinary talent and artistic genius.

Do you Michelangelo sculpted David, masterpiece of Italian Renaissance sculpture?

His process can summarized in 9 steps:
  • Extensive Study and Observation: Michelangelo believed in the importance of studying and understanding human anatomy, architecture, and classical sculptures.
  • Idea Generation and Sketching: Michelangelo would generate multiple ideas and compositions for his sculptures.
  • Selecting the Block: When working with marble, Michelangelo would meticulously examine various blocks to find one that suited his artistic vision.
  • Direct Carving: Michelangelo had a preference for the direct carving method. Instead of using intermediate models or maquettes, he would chisel directly into the stone, allowing the sculpture to emerge from the block.
  • Emphasizing Human Anatomy: Michelangelo’s sculptures were renowned for their accurate portrayal of human anatomy. He skillfully rendered muscles, bones, and tendons, paying meticulous attention to detail.
  • Iterative Process: Michelangelo would frequently rework and refine his sculptures as he progressed.
  • Unfinished Works: Interestingly, some of Michelangelo’s most famous sculptures, such as the “Slaves” or the “Captives,” were intentionally left unfinished.
  • Polishing and Finishing: Once satisfied with the overall composition, Michelangelo would meticulously polish the surfaces of his sculptures to achieve a smooth and refined appearance.

What steps you follow when you are in the creative process?

The art of the creative process

It’s important to note that every person uses the creative process all the time for everything. One thing I can think of is the creative process i went through writing this blog. I wanted to focus on letting you know how it worked for an sculptor like Michelangelo and  how the creative process is for me as a full-time sculptor in these days.

the creative process is not always linear and can involve iterations, experimentation, and improvisation along the way. Each sculptor  or artist brings their unique artistic perspective and techniques, which contribute to the creation of a masterful sculpture.

The following images is a visual tool for you to understand more about this beautiful process.

My creative process

As an individual artist, my creative process is a deeply personal and immersive journey. I constantly think about the public the spectator and the emotions that this new piece will share to them . The creative process is my favorite step on the making, which is full of little steps until o find the piece it would become great for me and  my clients.

Here is my description of the steps involved in creating a masterpiece sculpture:

  • Inspiration and Conceptualization: The sculptor begins by seeking inspiration, which can come from various sources such as nature, emotions, personal experiences, or historical events.
  • Sketching and Design: The sculptor translates their vision into preliminary sketches or drawings. These sketches help them visualize the form, composition, and overall design of the sculpture. But lately, the AI tool has been a big help in the sketch step of this process.
  • Material Selection: Based on the concept and design, the sculptor chooses the appropriate material for the sculpture. Common materials include wood and clay.
  • Preparation and Armature: If necessary, the sculptor creates an armature, which acts as a supportive framework for the sculpture.
  • Sculpting Technique: The sculptor starts working on the actual sculpture, using various techniques specific to the chosen material.
  • Refinement and Detailing: As the sculpture takes shape, the sculptor focuses on refining the form, proportions, and details. And something I want to share in this point is that, as your prototype looks, your big pieces would look alike, so you better work hard on having a good prototype.
  • Evaluation and Adjustments: Throughout the process, the sculptor continually steps back to assess the sculpture’s progress. I personally work with the client in this step.
  • Finishing Touches: Once the sculptor is satisfied with the overall sculpture, they proceed to add the finishing touches.
  • Presentation and Display: After completing the sculpture, the artist determines the best way to present and display their masterpiece.

 

 


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