Rodin’s sculpture of a hand, plaster I’m in NY, taking a figurative sculpture marathon at the NY Studio School. The instructor is pushing me to be less tied to recreating what I see with my eyes. He’s getting me to push more into angles and space and movement with my artist’s mind. I like this. Chatting after class, the TA suggested I take a look at Rodin’s hand at the Metropolitan Museum. He pointed out that Rodin’s plaster sculpture of a hand feels more real than a plaster cast of an actual hand. I went to the Met, and spent hours among the Rodin figures. Yes, they did feel much more real than the people walking past them. Here’s a cast in plaster, taken from an actual hand: A plaster cast from some guy’s actual hand Rodin’s hands feel more real: …If you’re wondering, yes I was the crazy lady of the day that became all verklempt over the Rodins. I’m told it’s a thing. Interested in hearing more thoughts like this? Take my figure drawing class, or the more sculptural Planes of the Face. I am also teaching drawing camps for teens. Thanks to this NY marathon, I’ll have a lot of new ideas to share this summer. We start next week! Short on funds? Contact me. I have two scholarships to give away.