the aim with this project is to make an allegorical sculpture representing love. at the same time she is a study piece for me, as she is my first nude carving… instead of the standard model figure measurements, her proportions are more like many woman really have…

this project started with collecting reference images for my idea, for pose and for details,,i used mainly images from sculptures i like, but also fotos i found with google, and for some aspects, fotos from myself…

i did a very quick drawing, and then a claymodel to fix my idea somewhat. this time, i wanted a claymodel only for guiding me in the big proportions, and the pose, but work out the finer things on the carving… , so i concentrated on that, leaving things like hands and feet only as clay-blobs to indicate their general position. also, when this model was finished, i liked the overall mood, and pose, but she was a little too thin for my taste. keeping that in mind i prepared for carving…

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tamara
    May 15, 2009 @ 19:12:06

    Hi Doris,

    Congratulations on finishing her! She turned out wonderful. I like that she has a petite figure but still plush and full in certain areas (buttocks, thighs etc.). She looks like she is dreaming of something with her eyes closed like that. What is the meaning behind the base? Is it a rockmass or is there some further meaning?


  2. dorisfiebig
    May 15, 2009 @ 19:59:54

    hi Tamara, so nice to have you as the very first person to comment on our blog ,,, and thank you for your kind words about love…i am glad you like her… underneath her feet, this are flames,,,flames of love,,,she is an allegorical figure, and i tried to put an attribute explaining what she presents.. and, to me, flames show nature of love…


  3. Paul Guraedy
    May 25, 2009 @ 16:45:07


    I have returned to your photos and description of carving “Love” several times. Wonderful and very instructive.

    I do have a couple of questions concerning the clay model. Was it to size or did you use a ratio? As I remember you are a math person so don’t guess this would bother you much. Also, you used your pointing thing to get measurements and you show it in a frontal position. Did you turn it over to get the back measurements?

    I am certainly enjoying this blog…even though I don’t do human figures.



    • dorisfiebig
      May 25, 2009 @ 17:14:50

      hi paul, glad you enjoy our blog, and we sure have fun creating it…
      as to your questions,,,the model is same size as the carving. i just did not want do math while carving, though you are right i easily could…
      i used the pointing machine only for the front view, and carved that first. after that i erected the clay model, and judged by eyesight the proportions for the back, using the guidelines from the frontal view, so to say, ,,, when i was unsure about my judgement i measured with divider and ruler to see if correct… the pointing machine is nice, but it slows down carving tremendously, so i wanted use it only as long as necessary to transfer proper proportions


  4. Phillip
    Nov 16, 2009 @ 08:07:57

    You are so talented. I love this piece. I think that I would – one day – like to attempt a nude. I do have a question though; what is the left hand gesture? Is it a ‘come hither’ motion?


    • dorisfiebig
      Nov 16, 2009 @ 10:34:03

      hi philip, yes, it is well worth to try carving a nude, one learns so much about anatomy since one has to look closely and understand the hills and valleys of muscles ones sees, to get it carved convincingly. very rewarding task… no, its not come hither motion,,, actually it has a personal meaning, it is kind of a memory of someone making this gesture…


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