After a bit of a hiatus I'm back and now sculpting full time. Recently Green Whisker Works, my NY-Based studio, had a contest on FaceBook. The contest was simple, go on the Green Whisker Works page do the "like" thing and then post a picture of your pet. The prize, I would then sculpt your pet. After the deadline, I put everyone's name that posted in a hat a randomly pulled out one lucky winner. The winner was this little chihuahua Nacho. So I set to work on immortalizing him. This might be a bit sedate for some of the stuff that goes on at Concept art, but maybe I can turn him into a cyborg later... Here is a look into my process.
I start the sculpture by building an armature. Using a few photographs I begin to add clay to the sculpture. I don't need many photos at this point, mainly the mug shots front and side as well as a couple of 3/4 shots. I am not worried about details at this point, so I don't need many. Later I will use more of the reference photos provided (and you can not have too many pictures of your subject) toward the end of making the sculpture when I am working on the details. I'm getting ready to add the eyes. I feel the eyes are very important in creating a sculpture. That quote about "being windows to the soul." I feel is the foundation to figurative sculpture. This is true if I'm making a human or an animal. Maybe even more so with our pets. I know much of our communication with our pets can be expressed through eyes. So I take the time to measure using the photos as reference and transfer that to the clay sculpture. Here is Nachos progress after day one, not there yet, but you can see he is starting to emerge from the clay.