Biggest Project Yet

A three month long project, full Reveal: 19th October

Firstly, I’m forever grateful for receiving the opportunity to create this piece and can barely contain my excitement for the project. On top of this, it’s a topic that has been important to me since I first saw one. It has been an absolute pleasure to create this sculpture and I hope its presence benefits those that require the support of the commissioner.

Initially a daunting challenge, once underway it really took off. Dare I say I’ve enjoyed every part of this piece (even the fiddly, scary bits!) and already have plans to apply focus to this area next year.

What am I talking about? Check out the progress below!

Please click on the above image to see the next in the sequence

  • The first image is the beginning of the design stage after discussing with my client what they’d like from the sculpture. Intent researching ensues for a suitable image to base the majority of the design on, including the internal frame (thank you Pro-Fab!). This also acts as my continual reference and helps me keep my proportions correct.

  • Once the frame is built and ready to go - using galvanised steel - I begin to shape the main muscle groups, flank, shoulders, rib cage, and give myself a general idea of where other joints (and the head!) will go.

  • Moving on further, I start focussing on and around muscle groups such as; the point of shoulder, gaskin, hock etc. Once density has increased, I finish with my 2mm wire and swap to 1.6mm to start finessing what will be the final layer. This smooths and ties together all the muscle groups and joints.

  • At this point I can get into tackling areas requiring more details, like the head. After marking eye features, “filling in” (increasing the surface density) can continue, as well as introducing a hammer. It’s with this that I refine the surface and add curves/ridges to accentuate or disolve shadows, depending on what’s needed.

  • In the final steps, the entire surface is gently hammered and checked for stray or sharp edges, final details - such as the mane and tail - are added and most importantly, Mum gives it a final look over.