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African Male Lion life-size - Bust / Head-Study

Limited Edition Bronze Sculpture
edition size: 50

sculpting the african lion's mane
The Lion's Mane

 

 

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sculpting the african lion's mane sculpting the african lion's mane
For this process I need to use a filler in order to create the mass for the mane. Using clay for the entire mane would make the clay sculpture too heavy and expensive. Therefore, I decided to use bubble wrap for its light weight properties. Moreover, I can always remove volume from the mane by popping bubbles.
sculpting the african lion's mane sculpting the african lion's mane
Duct tape was used to aid as I formed the mane. Regular tape did not what to adhere to the oil base clay. The mane will under go several alterations until I find the correct look for the mane. After several hours of working on the mane, once I reach the correct look/feel/attitude for the lion, I will know to stop.
sculpting the african lion's mane sculpting the african lion's mane

AT this stage the lion looks as if he has the mumps

With the duct tape wrapped around the head, it reminds me of Alfalfa from the little rascals
 
sculpting the african lion's mane sculpting the african lion's mane
As I build up the mane, I have to think about how I am going to anchor the bronze to the base.
sculpting the african lion's mane sculpting the african lion's mane
The head is so large that I need to take several steps back in order to make the mane look somewhat symmetrical.
Overhead view of the lions mane.
sculpting the african lion's mane sculpting the african lion's mane
Here the mane looks symmetrical, but I still need to add more mass to it. Lions with large manes tend to look more majestic...
sculpting the african lion's mane sculpting the african lion's mane
View of the rear of the lions bust. Right now, I need the entire back filled. This will allow me to save on mold material (rubber/silicone)
Here the lion is posing with his shower cap.
sculpting the african lion's mane sculpting the african lion's mane
Taking images of the work in progress really helps in finding errors. Here I notice that the nostrils and lower jaw are not symmetrical.
A bit more obvious here where the tip of the nose is not correct. In the next session will have the lion with it's mane built up in clay. Most likely it will be a very rough foundation, correct proportion and balance will be my focus...
 
»continue: Next page .... lion's mane begins to take form »
 
Note, our bronze sculptures are true bronze, cast in
the traditional lost-wax method - not “cold-cast bronze”, which is a resin blend.


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