All the sculptures start with an armature of sorts, but this obviously becomes more crucial the bigger the sculpture, where the armature in itself can be a substantial skeleton. The armature becomes the base from which the whole sculpture is secured, allowing it to be worked on from any angle without supporting it by hand.
Upon this the form of the sculpture takes shape, firstly just the rough shape and dimensions, in the same way in which you would start an oil with an underpainting. This allows you to compose the sculpture and crucially, gives you an idea of its presence, and it’s relationship with the base. Dimensions can come from anywhere; skeletons, photographs, or just observing the subject in the wild in relation to objects that surround it.
From here, the body of the sculpture is slowly refined; adding and removing detail, and generally building up the piece to it’s finished state. The materials used here very much influence the look of the final sculpture, and are chosen with the desired size and feel in mind.
The sculptures on this site are mostly made up from one or a combination of plaster, plasticine, clay and car filler.
The completed sculpture is then taken to the craftsmen at Pangolin foundry in Stroud, where it is cast into bronze (and in some cases silver) using the lost wax method. For more information on this ingenious and ancient process please visit the Pangolin website at: www.pangolin-editions.com