Today’s post depicts the rough work-in-progress on the life size poodle statue commission. The client requested an open mouth pose; therefore, most of my time to this point was sculpting the tongue and teeth sections. The mouth is a two piece section that is temporarily attached. I will remove the lower section (jaw-tongue & teeth) after the head is completely detailed.
The reason for making the jaw a detachable part is to make it easier for the mold maker. A mold will be fabricated of the jaw alone. Later when the jaw is cast in bronze it will be welded to there head. Without this process it would be very difficult trying to create the wax positives from the mold. In other words with complex sculptures things tend to break when removing the wax copy. In this case the teeth will most likely snap off when de-molding because the silicone wraps around all the detailed areas.
Next I roughed out an armature using foam and aluminum rods in the legs for support. The tail section armature is composed of an 8″ aluminum rod and aluminum folio to created the fluff ball.
Chavant NSP hard was melted in a crockpot and brushed on to the armature. This is what some sculptors refer to as the “clay-up”.
On the next post I will begin to build on the hair and introduce some texture.