A Bawdy Good Time

1/24 scale figures by James Carrington in medieval garb.

1/24 scale figures by James Carrington in medieval garb.

Dealing with the bits and boobs, I mean bobs, of the human figure brings a bit of the fun and bawdy to the sculpting classes of Jamie Carrington. So, don’t even think about signing up for one of Jamie Carrington’s doll classes if you’re not comfortable when things get a little saucy. Explicit details are not necessarily part of the sculpting process, but you do want to create a figure that accurately represents a human being-though some very creative fantasy figures have been known to come out of Jamie’s classes as well, intentionally, I might add.

1/24 scale figures in Tudor garb, by James Carrington, prototypes for his 2012 class at the Guild School.

1/24 scale figures in Tudor garb, by James Carrington, prototypes for his 2012 class at the Guild School.

Jamie, an IGMA Fellow member, has been teaching at Guild School as well as at many other locations, for many years. Last year he departed from 1/12 scale to teach a class in 1/24 scale-also known as half scale, figure sculpting and dressing. The reasoning behind the new approach being that sooner or later, most of us are going to run short on display space and moving to smaller scales is a way to fit more in. Jamie felt that the quality of the 1/24 scale structures and furniture had been gradually improving, but there very few quality figures to be found. He decided to take on the challenge. and any doubts that it could be done convincingly went out the window when the class projects went on display at the end of the week.┬áSo he’s back for a reprise in 2012-this time working on sculpting and dressing figures from the Tudor period. It is not too late to sign up.

Jamie will also be teaching at the Guild Show in September-a one day class focusing on tailoring. Students will learn how to cut and shape sleeves for all sorts of garments, as well as how to construct lapels that will avoid appearing bulky and will lie flat for a perfectly tailored look.

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