This is the first sculpture I have ever done - and it was a very emotional one for me. I lost my old boy just before his 15th Birthday and he was, to my mind, a legend. I wanted to do a trubute to him and the wonderful time we had together. I had also re-built the old well in the garden as a flower bed and wanted a centre piece to go in it. I'd looked for something online but either couldn't afford it or didn't like it. Found one nice pointer statue . . . but then realised it was only 15cm high - which would be a bit lost! So thought to myself, I shall make my own . . . how hard can it be?
As it is a new medium for me it wasn't without it's problems. I used air dry clay as I don't have access to a kiln - and this was a mistake. Nice to work with but cracked as it dried . . and cracked . . . and cracked. I tried filling the cracks and that fell out. In the end I resorted to polyfiller and bvowed never to use the sodding stuff again. Ever. I wasn't going to paint it - just leave it plain - but by now it was blotchy with filler so had to. Bought bronze paint - which made it look like cheap and tacky gold. Humph. Then airbrushed colours over it until it looked a bit more suble.
All it needs now is a coat of protective lacque as I'm not sure how it will stand up to the elements. I really would live to get it cast properly but think that would be well beyond my means. I did look at a foundry - who had an offer on - they send you a sort of wax to work in and themn will cast it for you in bronze for £95 . . . wow! I sent off for it with enthusiasm . . . the bit of stuff that arrived would have made a very nice life size hamster. Oh well, if that size cost that much I guess my life size piece would be extortionate! You never know, one day . . !
I enjoyed doing this however so you never know I might try something else. Hope you like it x