I’ve always been fond of DaVinci’s “grotesques,” and other such portrayals of “unpretty” people, but in particular Rodin’s Man with a Broken Nose. It got me to thinking about a subject and up popped a memory of one of Paul Simon’s old songs, The Boxer:
“In the clearing stands a boxer,
And a fighter by his trade,
And he carries the reminders
Of every glove that’s laid him down,
Or cut him,
'Til he cried out
In his anger and his shame…”
Anyway that all got mixed around with vague memories of George Bellows’ Stag at Sharkeys and DeNiro’s Jake LaMata portrayal and made me think that a near-used-up old warrior of the ring might make a good subject.
Anyway, a start has been made:
Since I knew I was going to do only at most a head and upper torso, I started by extruding from the inside of the mouth, continuing with the extrusions until I had the main features blocked in for the head.
The loop-by-loop extrusions practically guaranteed good topology but require a solid abilty to pre-visualize since the form emerges loop by loop. My experience with the Katrice model has helped me a lot in this regard, though she’s not nearly as “clean” as this fellow will hopefully turn out to be.