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The Art of the Armature

Mastering the Pose with John Brown


Creating great sculpture is very much like creating great Architecture. The foundation and framework has to be built first and it must be strong and contain the necessary landmarks in order to achieve aesthetic success and evoke emotion. In this tutorial, figurative artist and educator John Brown demonstrates how to set up the mannequin frame correctly; what we call the ‘back story’, plotting out the proportions on paper first, constructing the Armature, and blocking out the Boney Forms. You will discover through pattern recognition, the common threads that unite all things figurative… what the masters knew, the Higher Levels of Awareness. Establishing Line of Action, Plumb Line, Compositional Balance, blocking in the movable masses, how narrative affects pose; all omnipotent factors in setting up the Armature correctly and making your work stand out! It is about making the right creative decisions and everything that happens before the muscles go on.

Duration: 3h 00m

Format: HD 1920x1080

John Brown

Character / Creature Designer Sculptor

With over forty film and television credits, John Brown’s skills as a sculptor placed him in the top live-action special make-up FX houses in Hollywood. Credits include Alien Resurrection, Species 2, George of the Jungle, Jumanji, X-Files, Mars Attacks, Bless The Child, Monkeybone, The Cell, Spy Kids, Scary Movie 2, Planet of the Apes and a host of others. John is also a bronze figurative artist whose sculptures reside in private collections throughout the United States.

  • In this new set of lessons from one of America’s leading figurative sculpting tutors – John Browns approach on how to sculpt the planes of the human male head is carefully and methodically explained. John’s teachings deliver a pragmatic set of simple to understand lessons that help ground the sculptor in the critical importance of learning the fundamentals of this art. It is these fundamentals that our creative team here at Weta Workshop value as the underpinning of our sculpting process – whether we are sculpting a hyper realistic figure or a more fantastical alien creature. Johns insistence that, all good work must be underpinned by a thorough understanding of structure and form, is also the cornerstone of our creative process .

    - Richard Taylor
    Co-Owner and Creative Director Weta Workshop