I have a huge 'to do' list - its comprised of so many different animals I would like to portray in metal.
But how do I go from a thought to sculpture?
Well there is no exact science to it but I can give you an insight into the first 'process' that gets me started and in later posts I will take you trough the full journey.
Firstly if an animal takes my fancy I start out with research - looking at books, images, reading about the animals and, if possible, observing it in real life.
I then start to sketch. Now here's a thing... I am a sculptor not an illustrator! I don't sketch so that it looks good... I sketch to start getting a feel for the way I may design the sculpture. As I have been doing this, over time, my sketches are becoming less realistic and I am now almost missing a step and going straight to drawing the animal 'styalised' and moving towards a sculpture design.
I then continue to draw the design until I can factor in the limitations of my material (there are many!). I just keep going until I get a design I am happy with that I know will work in metal.
Sometimes it ends here... sometimes I have designed and never made, sometimes I have designed and come back to it months later to take it up again, sometimes I have designed and am making the very next day. That's why I describe what I do as 'how long is a piece of string'.
So that's my rainy, cold day work... designing, drawing and adding a little bit of luck and hope!
Here are a couple of examples of sculptures I have finished recently and how they were portrayed on paper before making their way to metal.
|This little lion began with this sketch here and he pretty much ended up as he started out on paper.|
|This penguin was sketched over months before I came up with the eventual design. This sketch is the final sketch before I made the end sculpture pictured.|
In the future I would like to continue the 'Where does it all begin?' journey and take you from sheet metal to a semi completed sculpture 'shape'.
In the meantime if you would like to see more my my work visit my website.