Friday, 19 January 2018

Portrait Sculpture

Welcome to the site showing examples of portrait sculpture.
The Sculptress JOEL has recently been asked to do several portraits of best loved dogs, and examples of these are included, though she has also been working on other animals and people.
Click on the link for all the latest news of more sculpture portraits

Here there are examples of  portraits

A Life sized sculpture of a female working Labrador

 Life sized portrait head of a Cairn Terrier

Table top sculpture of  West Highland White
You can follow the making of the portrait of the head of a Deerhound
Here is an image of the  original

The Bronze portrait sculpture of the Deerhound was unveiled at Blenheim
"She's Gorgeous" was the client's response
and a quote from visitors
"The Celtic Hound is fantastic - Just like our Deerhounds"

If you are interested in having a portrait sculpture of a special individual please contact JOEL at the Studio

Precious Gift

Portrait sculpture a life sized statue of a special canine friend - Precious

Follow the making of this unique dog sculpture.



The armature has been designed - measurements being assembled.
First elements of the armature welded. 
Other elements planned and sourced.

Steel rods and first wire

The wire set against outline

Close up of head components

Next the build up of the wire forms for the body and neck

here the filling of the wire to develop the width and first depth of the body core

Then the first layer of the clay to cover the wire and body

Next the study of the top line and the lower profile - and to add the clay to that profile

Good build up of overall top line

Build on the chestline

The chest line and top line will be refined.
Work has happened to add to width of loin shoulder and neck.

Next the study of the front and rear views.
Looking to support the head and set the positions of the legs....

Good sessions follow to build up the neck, head and body form and confirmation. I left some of the shade as I prepared the image for uploading... Giving an indication of the final topline after skin and hair detail are added

Checking of measurements. Research into Breed characteristics.
Continued work out of the form and development of the back and hip into the top of the legs.

Work continues 

The body and legs have been developed

The head and neck sketched in

Just a hint of paws 

Next to fill out the sides

A sketch of a collar has been dropped on to start to gain a reference

The ears are only sketched in place and will be adjusted and refined 
We can start to see her breed!

Every time an area and muscle group is adjusted all must be checked.

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Portrait of a best friend

Here the first images of a very special friend

The challenge to capture  the individual and their expression

Here we go.... Early days and after build up, the first base of clay is ready

Next a focus on the eyes and shape of topline

Checking the match

Lots of coat to do later - after the home visit
Focus on the eyes and then cheeks and nose continues

Areas round the eyes and brow are added and the face balanced - you can see the pins used for checking and focusing on key points/measuring. 
Alongside  the lovely original, photographed from similar angles.
 Precious time together and help with all those details to make Dotty

All done and through the foundry...ready for THAT  Birthday ...big Smiles

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Making the Stars !

Capturing the portraits of dearly loved companions - including life sized statues of dogs - here the project to make a  Labrador Dog called  Galaxy.
Here is Galaxy the original - visit here to follow this project through its making

Equipment and boards ready for the armature for Galaxy

Development of armature
Mesh and rods developed under the future profile

Build up of the  base layers of clay

  Progressing well on all profiles
Sketch of front paw to help with proportions

 The root of the tail begun
 Sketch of tail to bring proportions of the rear

 Shoulders and hips building up

This is where we are going
Below view from the front
Big push - intensive time developing  the Clay into a young Labrador dog!

A visit from the clients with Galaxy's friends - then days of intensive work to build up Galaxy Clay body and  develop his neck and head.

After months of work the last images are taken of Galaxy the Life sized Labrador statue in Clay 
Latest news on the Galaxy project - the mould is made and the next part of the process can  soon go forward. Thanks to Robin for all his work on this. 
It makes a big difference to have someone with skills and expertise  put the mould on something you have worked on for a year!

Work on the wax stage 

All the details of the paws

 Weeks pass and the foundry makes the investment mould, and proceeds though the casting process.

All cast and  finished by the skilled foundry workers in Birmingham 
and here pre patination.

Photo session at home and then careful delivery to the site of the happy owners and family

His sister is pleased?!

Project brought to completion thank you to all involved for their time and trouble and input.