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Date: Wed, 6 Dec 2006 03:59:42 -0500
Subject: [Puptcrit] Review: The Gnomon Workshops's John Brown Sculpture 2 DVD

Hi all. Thanks to a gift, I was able to purchase a John Brown DVD (from Gnomon Workshop). The title is:
Sculpture with John Brown. Volume 2: Character maquettes.
It is part of a 5 disc series. I can't afford the whole set right now, so I got the volume that seemed the most "overall", and deduced the maquette building from pictures on the site.

see all the details, with a cool video sample and screen captures, here:

for the main page of the impressive website:

I received the DVD yesterday.

It is so very very good. I am so very-very glad I got it!

Very clear, info-rich, lots of good shortcuts, and just looking at the artist work is a great learning tool. Beats any book. As he says in the DVD, this is not an anatomy course. But one with a keen eye can learn a lot from his advice and the visuals, from the clean armature to the finished maquette, ready to be molded and cast into a final product. I am so getting my hands on a new anatomy book! I sold mine years ago because I didn't like the style of the artist (no photos, just drawings), and never got around to replace it with something better.
I'm also going to start with live model drawing again. I used to love it at university.

This DVD can also be used as a great intro course to working with oil-based clays. He favors the Chavant brand.  The character he creates is a fat fantasy creature with horns, which is great since there is great anatomical accurac with just enough interpretation, and horns as an animal reference.

The extras are good too.

Avoid the extra cost of shipping by convincing a local art supply store or a bookstore to carry the DVD in their inventory. It's sure to be a success for them!
It cost me 17$ shipping from the USA to Canada. This is absurd, I paid 4$ for a book more than 7 times heavier, coming from the UK.

Two spoilers: I learned what an alcohol torch is (awesome!) and that the dust-off spray can to clean computer equipement has the property to rapidly cool  oil-based clay that became too warm (use the can upside-down) !

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