1014: Tribute To Eric Joisel – ‘Nude Man #4’

It is a well known fact that Eric Joisel was a sculptor before taking up paper as his medium of choice. Never is it more evident than the figurative human series of nudes he made, of which this is my approximation of #4:

Joisel's Nude man #4

He uses an ingenious grid system, dividing each corner up into 18 radial lines, where they intersect geometry emerges on a square and that geometry provides the landmarks for the base.

Joisel's Nude man #4 views

I had tried 2 different schemes for corner division, failed both times until I realised that, relative to the centre line, the interval is a geometric series that increases the further away you get. In the end I used a CP template to “rough out” the divisions and then with my trusty straight edge, ironed out the anomalies.

Corners of the sheet give you arms and legs, the head is near the top middle and a torturous neck reduction brings the chin down to allow the face to look out. The layers are reminiscent of musculature and indeed, Joisel teased and primped, each model different, few photographed clearly enough to really see what was what.

Joisel's Nude man #4 Collapse

A naked man is, well, naked – so has bits emerging from the folds. To peen or not to peen is not a question I have ever had to face before, but it is prominent (and deformed) in the original, so will be rendered here. I managed to suggest calves and hips, a chest and some awful rounded shoulders (modelled after the original, which, objectively, is positively deformed), and sort of mucked in the body morphology, determined to keep the paper as pure as possible – not going for elaborate surface treatments, slatherings of MC and other modelling cheats, I wanted the paper to be the hero. I know I will lose points for this, but, fuck it, it is my interpretation and tip of the had to Joisel, If the judges do not like it it no longer bothers me.

Joisel's Nude man #4 - quite a journey

I am enormously proud of this fold, it has taken an age and I had all but abandoned hope of successfully folding it. This little man self-stands (I embedded a wire armature) and makes me smile.

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