Category Archives: In Progress/ At the Zoo
This has been a challenging piece. I really like the kudu and I dont want to just copy him in a naturalistic way. I feel like there is an idea behind my interest with him, but i need to sculpt it first and then I will be able to see it. I have to put him down and work on some other pieces and try again later.
This was a quick start and is a study of their unique proportions. It’s been just one visit, so I would have a lot more to do to finish it. It will either be a study, or I will change the pose to fit some ideas. Not sure at this time. Because it was quick, the head proportion is a bit large.
I learned a lot about bronze relief sculpture on this project. When the bronze is poured into the shell mold and starts to cool it doesn’t want to stay flat, it can warp.
So when you start welding it together you really have to work it. Make sure you have it clamped to a flat table, or it will warp again with the heat from the welding. But there are many tricks to getting it back the original flat shape.
Ocean State Veterinary Specialists is a state of the art, 24 hour clinic for all kinds of pets, even the exotics. I had a great time meeting everyone there.
Here are some pics and some explanations of the casting process so far.
Out of the mold.
At this point he is put back together, but he still needs to be cleaned up and painted
It’s been fun and exhausting at the same time.