Creating Statues


Please note: We no longer produce custom sculptures.

Statue.com has been producing custom sculptures since 1996. We have been commission to create a portraiture bust of an American Bully which will become an award for this breed. This American Bully bust will be mounted to a base then finished in a bronze patina. We have sculpted many other dog busts and sculptures in the past but have documented a step by step photo documentary of the process of make a custom sculpture such as this dog portrait.

First we begin by photographs of the subject and we like as many as possible, so we capture as much detail of the subject to be sculpted. If at all possible we will take measurements and dimensions of the anatomical features.

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Here is an example of the profile photo we took of the American Bully but we have at least 20 other photos of the different view of the dogs head. This way we can also capture as much personal attributes, character or characteristic as possible of the subject we will be sculpting as shown in this dog profile shot.

 

Then at Statue.com we would build the framework for the sculpture which is commonly made with wires, steel rods and metal then bolted to a wood base which is called the armature. This armature is the stability the gives the artist the framework to start adding clay and begin the rough draft of the head of the American Bully.

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This is when the custom clay sculpting begins and the sculpture begins to transform and take shape. Statue.com has a sculpting and replicating staff of creative artist that are ready to create your sculpture or anything you can dream. This process and each detail of the photo must be studied and refined to the customer’s specifications, this clay process it the most time consuming of the entire sculpture and each sculpture will vary on difficultly. We will have more of the American Bully to be shown soon so the entire process will be on our Statue.com Blog shortly. So keep checking back to see more of this wonderful sculpture transform into the finished product.

 

Statue.com is glad to introduce artist Number 2  in our  Music Legends statue collection!  )“Come and join the party ever day,” sang Jerry Garcia and his band in the first original song on their first album.

Born in San Francisco on August 1, 1942, he joined with Ron “Pigpen” KcKeman in the early sixties playing a folk bluegrass style of music and forming the “Grateful Dead” band in 1965.

Over the next three decades, the Dead would extend its repertoire to include many different musical idioms, and would bring its wild show and entourage to cities across America and Europe, but throughout it all, good-jerry-garciathe band’s music would remain rooted in what was eventually called the “San Francisco Sound”.

The Dead carried the spirit of the Sixties counterculture through three decades of touring and a dozen more studio and live albums.  The “hippies” lived on in the form of Deadheads.

Another lasting legacy of the Dead was its influence on a new generation of jam bands which adopted improvisation as the basis for their music.  The Dead’s music endures because it is so unique. No other band brought together jazz-inspired improvisation and all of rock’s root idioms – country, blues, folk, R&B – into a live performance art Jerry Garcia bustwith such wide and sustained appeal.

Jerry passed away on August 9, 1995.  What a long strange trip it’s been…..

inital clay build up

Statue.com is pleased to be one of the first companies to offer a statue of our new President Elect Barack Obama!  It is a beautiful thing to see a boy or girl grow to become not only  a good man, a fine woman, but also a long awaited leader.

To make a portrait bust such as this one, from  the rudimentary build-up of clay, the details that distinguish each of our faces must be  teased out of the mass.   This reminds me of life!   Seeking paths, finding niches, and thus building our destinies.

finding the forms

finding the forms

It never ceases to amaze me that though most of us have all the same facial parts, 2 eyes, 2 ears, one nose, one mouth, the measureable difference in their arrangements creates such an overall unique face!

The creative process is a dream seeking forms–becoming something real, visible & meaningful.

In the words of our soon to be 44th President:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Barack Obama Bust

Barack Obama Bust

“We are the change that we seek. We are the hope of those boys who have so little, who’ve been told that they cannot have what they dreamed, that they cannot be what they imagine. 

Yes, they can.”

~Barack Obama