I have been asked to make a great blue heron garden sculpture. I decided to make a cast resin piece that stands 27” high. I chose to model in oil-based clay, which I would then make a mold of in silicone. From the mold I will cast the final resin piece.
The base structure didn’t look like much to begin with. I started out with just a soda bottle and some pipe insulation.
I then built up the form using one of my favorite understructure materials, spray insulation (Great Stuff).
I then began building out the form in clay. This was a very time consuming part of the process as I had to soften the clay in order to work with it, and it always seemed I needed to add more.
Once the major forms were where I wanted them I began adding minor forms such as the primary feathers, tail, and beak.
After that the real fun began: Details! Here I’ve started adding the strand of feathers around the neck and belly and penciling in the detail on the head.
I really got into the detail work. More to follow soon.