Saturday, January 11, 2014

Anatomy for artists -- écorché with Rey Bustos

An écorché is a painting or sculpture of a human figure with the skin removed to show the musculature.

I had the privilege of taking an écorché class with Rey Bustos last Summer at the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art (LAAFA).

Over 10 weeks, we built a 16" tall man in Sculpey clay, getting hands on, 3-dimentional knowledge of the human figure. It was a very challenging class for me, but definitely worth it. You can see Rey's website at He's a great teacher--so passionate about what he does, and generous with his time. I hope I'll have the opportunity to do another workshop with him sometime soon.

Week one -- starting with the armature

Starting to come together, lots of blood, sweat and tears later.

Clay has been baked and painted, now starting to lay the muscles on.

Finished ecorche -- front view
Finished ecorche -- side view
Finished ecorche -- back view