“I realized PoseSpace had so many poses that I could literally never see myself wanting to do classes again”
Ricardo Pontes is a talented artist based in Washington DC, in the United States. He has always been interested in art, but it wasn’t until failing at painting that he discovered his true passion: sculpting. His beautiful sculptures highlight the beauty of the human body and its fascinating anatomy.
You can appreciate this sculptor’s passion by visiting his Youtube channel Sculpt Some. Pontes features a fun video where he sculpts Batman in pasticine and has uploaded other interesting educational content where he teaches how to sculpt a hand or hollow out a terracotta sculpture for firing in kiln.
In this Q&A, sculptor Ricardo Pontes shares with PoseSpace how he got into sculpting, details about the process of making his work, what he thinks of our website, and more:
Can you tell us about your background and how you got into sculpting?
I picked up sculpting after I failed badly at painting. Sculpting came more naturally to me. I took classes at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and started sculpting then, it’s been a while now and im improving bit by bit.
Can you tell us about the process of making your work?
Recently I have been using PoseSpace.com. I was using it before the pandemic hit, but afterward I realized PoseSpace had so many poses that I could literally never see myself wanting to do classes again. I tend to be slower than most, so I prefer the ability PoseSpace gives me to go at my own pace.
Where do you get your imagery from?
Before PoseSpace, I had to hunt images on Google, and often the research involved days to get enough reference.
What challenges do you face working with the nude figure?
One of the challenges is learning about anatomy, it’s a bit more difficult online.
What do you think of PoseSpace? Do you have a favorite model?
PoseSpace has been great to find great photos with high detail and to take my time working. When you work a 9 to 5 it’s not always easy or affordable to hire models. I did use another artist reference website and prefer pose space because it lets me buy a pose instead of a monthly fee. I like that you are always adding new poses, but i feel i could never run out with the ones you have now.
I think one of my favorites is Anastasia, she might be many artists’ favorite as well. She has an old time feel to her, great figure for sculpting.
What advice would you give to young artists interested in sculpture?
The best advice i could give is to do it often and daily if you can. Practice as much as you can, and always do drawings. Drawings help sculptors more than they think.
Ricardo Pontes’ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sculptsum/