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Sculpting Process

When you place an order for a CopyCat creations sculpture you are entering into a collaborative process with us to achieve an end result that meets all your requirements. Together we will establish the important details that will affect the nature of the end sculpture, from information provided by yourselves:

  • What is the purpose of the piece?
  • Who or what is the subject?
  • What are some of the details of their lives, or quirks of their character?
  • Is there any overriding theme to the piece?

Once we have a detailed understanding of what you want we begin the process of creating your sculpture. The following stages outline the processes that most figure sculpts require:

  • The wire armature is constructed and shaped according to the desired pose of the figure. The process of 'roughing' is then undertaken to build up the rough form of the figure, by adding and removing clay. At this point the size and shape of the base is decided.
  • Once the rough form has been achieved the first sculpting phase begins. This is when the main shapes, forms and muscle groups are sculpted and the figure starts to take on a semblance of the final product.
  • Once the first sculpting phase is completed the figure may then be fired to set the basic structure, or it may remain un-fired until the full sculpture is complete.
  • The detailing phase follows where more clay is added or removed but in smaller amounts to create fine details like fur or clothing textures. At this point the majority of work on facial features is undertaken, along with any other additonal details.
  • Once the sculpt is complete the figure undergoes its final firing, which can be anything upto six hours to allow the clay to fully harden.
  • Once cooled the final sculpt is then 'finessed' - small adjustments made by removing or cleaning away hardened clay - and is then cleaned ready for priming. Mounting holes are created in the base, and the sculpture is placed into position to check alignment, then removed for painting.
  • 2 coats of acrylic primer are added to 'deaden' and flatten the surface of the sculpture, giving an ideal base for detail painting.
  • Detail painting now takes place by gradually building up layers of paint to simulate materials, fur, light and shadow. Once this has been achieved the fine details like eyes and facial features are painted in.
  • Once painting is completed the sculpture is mounted onto its base, any final painting touch ups are done and the sculpture is readied for delivery to the client.

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