joel will be a full bust in the round, which i have not carved very often, as i mostly did high relief portraits… because of my missing experience with full busts, and more importantly, to fix my vision, i made a rough clay model. i modeled it hwithout reference fotos, for i wanted better concentrate on what i want show in the model. later when carving, i will use reference fotos to get all the shapes correct, the clay serves me for fixing the idea, as well as giving me general proportions and placements of feaures and keep my vision stable and fixed ..
i really love this very aspect of clay. still, the clay modeing itself is something i do not enjoy that much, partly because i still have a hard time to get smaller things smooth,,, but i truely love using a clay model for carving. its help as a guide is something one cannot overestimate. for example, i am pretty sure i could not have carved the arabian mare successfully without the clay model. and, when you look at that, the clay horse was comparativley crude, the legs merely indicated, the head shape hardly modeled,,,but when you compare the clay horse with the final carving, you see how well the clay guided me, i was able to carve the essence that was already to see in the clay… to me, this makes a clay model priceless, and well worth the little extra time in the beginning of a project to create it.
i am not planning to copy the clay model exactely, but only to use it as guide. therefore, it suffices for my purpose to keep it pretty rough.. at each time, i am free to abandon the clay completely should i feel i want go a different path with the carving. and that´s the beauty of clay, it helps me, but is not demanding, since the final product is the carving, not the clay …
so here is the clay model, i am sorry for the poor foto quality, but i was not aware how poor the lightning is.