AFRICAN FASHION V&A
Universal Display were thrilled to be awarded the tender for African Fashion and as part of that we were excited to sculpt a bespoke head. The head was to be digitally sculpted using photographic reference using the model Adhel Bol for inspiration.
We started with a scaled body and then built the head using several different CAD programs. The head is slowly built and refined using a digital clay, the technique shares many similarities with traditional clay sculpting of adding and subtracting forms. The start point is from a low resolution clay mesh and as the sculpt progresses the head builds in detail and the mesh becomes more complex. At all the stages of the sculpt the head was rendered in different materials and critically examined in AR.
Once the facial aesthetic had been achieved several hair styles were sculpted onto the head, a close crop, braided & Bantu knot, these were developed with cutorial feedback and guidance.
Adhel’s head was digitally sculpted by Adrian Coe and then over several remote sittings with Jonathan Berlin, Lara Flecker, Gill MacGregor & Rachael Lee, the sculpt was refined in real time via a remote connection.