Sculpting demonstration – One Day Portrait – Life Model

Amelia Rowcroft demonstrates how to sculpt a portrait from life in a one day sitting. Amelia is an internationally exhibited portrait and figurative sculptor of 20 years experience. She creates fine art sculpture for public display and private collectors. She welcomes commissions.

In her online course, Strong Foundations (see:, Amelia shares in detail the process of creating a realistic likeness from a life model or photographs from start to finish.

She studied at St Martins School of Art, Wimbledon School of Art and the Florence Academy of Art.

More 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.


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