Creating a Statuette
Avard T. Fairbanks' Method
by Avard T. Fairbanks (posthumously) and Eugene F. Fairbanks.
8.5" x 11", 250 pages, 192 illustrations and photos
Creating a Statuette, Avard T. Fairbanks' Method. This book about how to model a statuette is offered to help students and serious amateurs in their endeavors. Avard Fairbanks' statuettes Pele, the Hawaiian Volcano Goddess and Smoke Signal were photographed as a systematic process, and explanations are included, stressing the elements of design and anatomy. Also included is The Hawaiian Fisherman statuette. Since Dr. Avard T. Fairbanks was a university professor of fine art, the outline of the book is a simulated demonstration lecture. Nude female figures and nearly nude male figures are chosen, not only to exemplify the natural beauty of the human physique, but also to emphasize the importance of anatomical modeling, since it is fundamental to the creation of fine sculpture. The anatomical illustrations were selected from lecture notes distributed to students. Illustrations, tables, and discussions of human proportions were a part of his doctoral thesis, a dissertation titled "Anatomic Design".
Front cover: Pele, the Hawaiian Volcano Goddess is shown being sculpted by Avard T. Fairbanks.