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Christopher Pardell Christopher Pardell specializes in public sculpture that marries traditional fine art techniques with the best of the present.


“Pritzlaff” (2008) (figure 7) depicts a former


chairman of the Santa Barbara Botanical Gardens and was commissioned posthumously. Pardell started by roughing out a small 6” maquette from a target photograph, then he scanned it and imported the scan data into FreeForm. He then imported multiple reference photographs of the subject, each onto a plane that he oriented to match the camera position of each photo. Despite not knowing the focal length of each picture, Freeform allowed him to actually move the planes through the portrait model on the photographic axis of each photo, to ensure that facial features lined up accurately where the features on each photo intersected the model. The Tug, Attract, and Smudge tools enabled Pardell to rapidly adjust and correct the contours and detailing to match photography from several angles, which eliminated any distortions caused by the various cameras’ focal lengths, and allowed the sculptor to verify the portrait as correct. Once approved by the family, Pardell reduced the file size of the model in FreeForm, then sent the decimated STL file to a CNC machine, which milled it as a 120% life size bust in urethane foam. This was hand tooled, covered with 2 mm of plastilene, hand- sculpted, and the final sculpture cast in bronze.


Insert: Figure 7. “Pritzlaff,” (2008), Christopher Pardell


Figure 8. “Red Tailed Hawk” (2008), Michael Stutz (photo credit: Michael Stutz)


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