Creating a portrait

  • The armature

    I start by making a wire armature to create the basic shape of the head and hold the clay. The clay used is water-based ceramic clay. It's easy to work with but needs to be kept moist.

  • Building the shape

    Working quickly using wet clay, I try to get the correct proportions of the face and features to capture the likeness of the sitter.

  • Adding the details

    As the clay portrait progresses and you begin to add more deails, it's important to keep the freshness of the modelling so it doesn't look over-worked.

  • Finished portrait

    The finished portrait on this occasion was cast in plaster, painted and toned to give a bronze effect. Portraits are usually cast in bronze.



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