Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Painted Irish Brigade Relief Sculpture

I was pleasantly surprised to receive an Email from Bernd Rummelein of Germany. Enclosed was a photograph of the Irish Brigade relief I sculpted for the Artist Preservation Group a few years back. It's really rewarding to see people not only buy your work but paint it as well. Thank you Bernd.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

One for the road Part 3

Figures 14 to 19   Show the relief's progress through to completion. Resin copies of this relief are available from The Artist Preservation Group. Enquire about copies by going to the following link.


One for the road part 2

Figure 7   I then placed a sewing needle into a pin vise and proceeded to transfer the subject by poking holes through the major elements that make up the painting. This method gives me the most accurate representation of what it is I am copying.
Figure 8   I then remove the Wax or Parchment Paper after tracing the entire image by poking through the paper with the needle held by a pin vice.

Figure 9     I then go about removing the Sculpey that is outside of the figure. I mostly concentrate on the larger areas surrounding the arms, legs, and parts of the body.

Figures 10 & 11   These photos show the progression of sculpting the face and tricorn hat of the subject. I'm always mindful to keep the areas of the subject closer to me thicker and those parts that are way from the viewer thinner. This helps add to the three dimensional effect.

Figures 12 & 13   Shows further development of the relief.

One for the road

One last post to close out 2015. This relief sculpture is based on a figure study of a Continental Staff Officer by Historical artist Keith Rocco. I have to thank Keith for allowing me to use his painting for the subject of my latest donation to the Artist Preservation Group.
The following photos illustrate how I approach sculpting a relief with emphasis placed on how I start such a project.

Figure 1 & 2  I first take a piece of floor tile that will accommodate the size of sculpture I plan to make. The tile is given a very light coat of Vaseline so the sculpture will easily separate from it once it's completed. Two pieces of wood or plastic strip stock is then placed on either side of the tile. It's important that the height of the stock allows it to sit above the surface of the tile. This will be used to determine the thickness of the relief.

Figures 3 & 4   A large piece of Sculpey was rolled out and then press down onto the tile. A piece of Baking Parchment or Wax Paper is then placed over this. A second piece of tile is pressed down onto the Sculpey positioned on the tile underneath. The strip stock on either side will ensure that the Sculpey is flattened to a uniform thickness. The Parchment or Wax Paper prevents the Sculpey from sticking to it.


Figures 5 & 6   I then peel the Parchment or Wax Paper off and replace it with a black and white print out of the subject. Keep the strip stock in place as the black and white image is then pressed down onto the Sculpey so it adheres to it to allow transfer of the image to the Sculpey.


Sunday, June 29, 2014

Recent relief sculpture

Giving some attention to this blog is long overdue. With the exception of the odd figure or bust recent sculpting projects have all been miniature relief sculptures. Most of my relief sculptures have been donations for the Artist Preservation Group. These funds help continue the mission of the APG by providing funds for the purchase of historical property or the restoration/ conservation of historic artifacts and documents. I am currently sculpting a relief of Principal Musician George Williams of the 146th NY Volunteer Infantry. At the time of the Battle of the Wilderness Williams would be serving as Color Sergeant. He would be wounded in that battle and later paroled. Resin copies will be available in August, just in time for the APG show in Fredericksburg, Virginia.


 I'm still roughing out the main forms and applying some finish to others. The head/ face is going to need a bit of tweaking to get a better likeness of Williams.

The major forms are mostly blocked in. Some of the final details will be added before and after baking. The rest of the Drum Major's baton/ mace will be added after baking. After the major forms are complete all that remains are the details on the uniform.



The completed relief


Saturday, September 29, 2012

Abe Lincoln relief sculpture

I just finiehed this miniature relief of Lincoln. It will be sold through Michael roberts Ltd.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

The completed relief

The completed relief. The bayonet was made mostly from plastic stock with the remainder being putty and a very small piece of brass wire. Castings of this piece will be available through The Artist Preservation Group.

Early stage of sculpting

These photos show the early stages of sculpting. I started with the head to establish the character of the piece.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Getting started

The techniques used to make this relief are the same as those used for the Confederate bugler. So if you're trying to make a relief of your own refer to those other posts in those areas where I may have unintentionally skipped over. The photographs in the following image are intentionally dark so the steps can be more clearly seen.

The drawing is attached to the sculpting surface by rubbing it down while applying a little pressure. It will be enough to hold it in place while transferring the drawing to the Sculpey. The drawing is transferred by poking through to the sculpting surface using a pointed tool.

The tracing is slowly lifted from the sculpting surface revealing the drawing which is made up of as many or as few holes as one chooses to make.

The entire outside of the design is cut into with an X-Acto knife. Then a second and third pass is made slowly cutting away the excess material from the outside of the design.

The excess material can be used where additional relief is needed. There is a thin film of Vaseline between the tile and the Sculpey. Given that the excess material may be a bit softer than usual due to the Vaseline. This excess can be thrown away, I just chose to use it. 

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Son of Erin

Though I was happy with the way the confederate relief came out, something was missing. The Artist Preservation Group (APG) show is being held this year in Fredericksburg VA. I thought a relief of the famed Irish Brigade could not be a better choice given the show venue. I've decide to do another relief and make this a second donation to the APG's show and continued efforts towards Historic Preservation.