|Bas relief portrait of a young man, 10inX9inX1/2in, clay for bronze|
Yesterday, I spoke with the client and he asked me how I learned how to do relief sculpture. It is a good question and I had to remember back to when I first tried sculpting in relief. When I was an art student there weren’t any classes in relief sculpture (at least none that I can remember) and it seems I just learned it as I started sculpting more and more, making mistakes along the way but always learning from them. Some of my early private commissions were creating bas relief portraits of family members and kids. In fact, my very first commission was a bas-relief for St. Mary’s College of California in Moraga back in 2001. So how did I learn how to sculpt in relief? There really is no substitute for hard work… and patience!
“Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety nine percent perspiration.”-Thomas Edison
“Patience is also a form of action.”-Rodin