I realized today why it is that I've been shooting with the 24mm only for the past week - all my characters have been incredibly small. When you're shooting a small subject up close and need more in focus, there's only so much that stopping down the aperture can do. Sometime you just need a wider angle to get deeper depth of field.
This Sigma 24mm Art lens has been a blast to work with. I was at first put off by the weight of it but have overcome that in recent weeks.
I plan to continue making simple sculptures this week. The goal is to focus more on creating work I enjoy and concepts rather than ridiculously intricate shots.