Making of a realistic head sculpt. Sculpture demonstration – portrait of Pope Francis
This portrait of the Pope was a commission for a wax figure.
If you are interested in learning to sculpt, check out my online course in portraiture: Strong Foundations – sculptingmasterclass.com
About Strong Foundations:
Achieving a good likeness in portrait sculpture requires getting the foundations right. In Strong Foundations, Amelia Rowcroft shares her method for creating a clay likeness from life or a photographic sitting with a model. The course will you take you through the whole process of sculpting a portrait to a very high finish, with an emphasis on getting the anatomical structure correct at the beginning. This is key to achieving a likeness. Amelia will show you how to train your eye to see objectively, so you can learn to trust your own judgement.
Strong Foundations provides you with demonstration videos, downloadable notes and a full set of reference. You will begin by understanding how to see your model’s bone structure and blocking this out in clay. You will then build onto this skull-like form the big shapes of the face. Once you have the whole face blocked out, you can begin looking for smaller shapes, before adding final detail and completing your portrait to a high level of finish.