Custom Portrait Bust from pictures

I have the honor of memorializing this customers father who recently passed. Working from around 10 different pictures of his father, I started with a Styrofoam inside and built up epoxy clay (magic sculpt) on top of that…

raul sketch

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Getting close… The customer asked for a few more adjustments, so here are the changes with those adjustments…

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The final step is to apply the finish which looks like cast bronze…

Step 1 – Paint in a black/brown color


Step 2 – Lightly brush in metallic wax

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Step 3 – Layer the black/brown color over the metallic wax with a little aqua green for an oxidized look. Photos can’t capture the luminescence of the metallic wax accurately. It looks much better live…

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While sculpting I have been thinking about this scripture in Ephesians 5:18 and letting His love move my heart with melodies…

“Be filled with the Spirit. Speaking to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord. Always giving thanks for all things in the name of Jesus Christ.”