FROM B/W TO COLOR
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Finding material to represent human skin tone and texture has been the artist's quest since the dawn of civilization.
Realistic representation of the human form or abstract anthropomorphic shapes is enhanced greatly by the appropriate choice of material.
Below are examples of Italian Renaissance sculptures carved in white marble.
Bronze is the material of choice for dark skin. And in this case the lowly black fiberglass is a cheaper and lighter substitute. Lindsey B of England created this black sculpture in 1985.
Rose quartz has been used in Italy by carvers and sculptors since Roman times. The Italian pink marble which is highly translucent actually resembles pink skin.
For a while in the 1980s, there was a craze to collect Aztec/Mayan clay figures made in Mexico. This human figure was made in burnished terracotta. Admire the skin tone!