Friday, January 6, 2012

Horse For Geronimo - Some Days the Magic Don't Work

I'm working on a 1/4 life size figure of Geronimo on horseback. I'm using an 18 inch human armature for this figure that will sit on top of another armature of a horse by the same company.
If you wish to order armatures go to
Here's where you can buy my kind of clay.. I use the medium grade
Geronimo, born June 16, 1829 -- February 17, 1909) was a prominent Native American leader of the Chiricahua Apache who fought against Mexico and the United States for their expansion into Apache tribal lands for several decades during the Apache Wars. Allegedly, "Geronimo" was the name given to him during a Mexican incident. His Chiricahua name is often rendered as Goyathlay or Goyahkla in English.
After an attack by a company of Mexican soldiers killed many members of his family in 1858, Geronimo joined revenge attacks on the Mexicans. During his career as a war chief, Geronimo was notorious for consistently urging raids and war upon Mexican Provinces and their various towns, and later against American locations across Arizona, New Mexico, and western Texas.
In 1886 Geronimo surrendered to U.S. authorities after a lengthy pursuit. As a prisoner of war in old age he became a celebrity and appeared in fairs but was never allowed to return to the land of his birth. He later regretted his surrender and claimed the conditions he made had been ignored. Geronimo died in 1909 from complications of pneumonia at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.


Following Him said...

I don't think it's magic ... I call it God given talent.

Artist - David Lemon said...

Aww.. thank you.. :)

Lori Kiplinger Pandy said...

David, did you take classes in ecorche or did you learn form self-study? I see you keep your ecorche figure model handy to reference as you're working, but you are so well educated in your muscle placement (both human and animal!)

Once again, let me say how much I enjoy watching you sculpt and listening to your thinking and reasoning in sculpting. As I am still fairly new at this myself, it's like having a more experienced and talented friend in my studio with me!

Artist - David Lemon said...

Lori, I'm so uneducated.. I couldn't tell you what a ecorche is.. lol. No I bought those online. As far as the horse one, that was given to me. I'm always refreshing my memory. Never rely on it.. especially as old as I'm getting lol

Lori Kiplinger Pandy said...

David, you downplay your knowledge and talent with great humility and humor. I only just learned the fancy word "ecorche" (and did a google search pronunciation to figure out how to say it ;-)

It's lovely to hear that you innately know how to apply muscles...I understand. I had one class nearly 30 years ago in college and just got the same muscle model online a couple of months ago myself.

I really like your attention to physical were telling about how you planned to tilt the horse's head at just the moment that I was 'seeing' the horse in my mind and I was seeing it with the head tilted - the direction making sense to the weight, balance and direction of the piece. Your sculptures are so natural and intuitive, I'm glad that people get to see just how much thought, study and time goes into achieving this.

Artist - David Lemon said...

You honor me. When I work on a horse, I try to get my mind into his movement to where I feel the bones move and the muscles react. Not sure I'm ready for tomorrow. I can't force it.. so we'll see if I get back on him tomorrow.. Thank you again.