Since I’ve had a little down time before installation next month I decided to sculpt a life size clay bust of a friend of mine and fellow bronze sculptor, Bez. I still have work left to do on the backside and profile views, but it is getting there. At this stage I’m only 18 hours into the clay work which doesn’t seem like much. However, when you are focused and zeroed in on getting things as accurate as possible and constantly critiquing the likeness, 18 hours can be a long time. Usually after a sculpting session my eyes will start bugging me and can get a little blurry which means it’s time to take a break and look off into the mountains or someplace far away.
Before I began the clay work I took accurate measurements from the model, such as the width from the outer edge of iris to iris, tip of nose to chin, etc. These measurements are 75% of the work right there. Once I have these important measurements for creating a convincing likeness, I take several hi quality photos making sure to keep the same distance from model to camera (about 6 feet apart) since perspective can distort how a person looks depending on how close the model is to the camera.
I’ll post more pictures when he is completed.