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As a sculptor capturing a likeness is an interesting challenge especially when you think that a simple ball of clay can be transformed into a convincing portrait sculpture and an object of beauty which can stand the test of time.

My portraits are based on intensive observations I endeavor to capture the subjects personality, individual mannerisms, expressions and their style of dress. To acheive a likeness the subjects bone, muscle structure, individual features and hair are studied from all views. The shapes and colours of the clothing are captured using texture, pattern, lines and curves to create knitted jumpers, collars and ties, smocked dresses and glasses .

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Before starting a portrait sculpture you need to determine the scale, it could be 60% life size or life size and larger, often this depends on where the finished sculpture is to be placed.

A portrait starts life in clay on an armature. First I model an overall basic head with the correct bone and muscle construction, if this is wrong at this stage it will be impossible to achieve a likeness. I then establish the placement of the features by making marks with a knife, these will be my guidelines.

Next I can progress to develop the individual features by observing the subjects characteristics. These have to be observed from every angle to achieve a true likeness. The personality, expressions and attitudes of the subject have to be considerd too. Everybody carries their shoulders in different ways, or their hair in different styles I also study the way the hair grows around the face and falls from the crown this all creates a likeness. Next I continue to observe and model the work from all views until I feel I have achieved a true likeness of my subject.

When the sculpture is finally finished moulds in plaster and rubber are taken from the original sculpture, it is then ready to be cast in bronze at my foundry using the traditional lost wax process. The finished bronze is then mounted on a plinth and signed.

Portrait sculpture is a unique way of capturing the likeness of family members, friends,and well known personalities.

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Christine Beardwood
Ridgequest Foundry, Croft Road, Croft, Skegness, Lincolnshire, PE24 4PA, England.

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