Our approach to sculpting reflects the very 3D nature of sculpture, as compared to the implied 3-dimentionality of drawing and painting. The making of sculpture is less dependent on the position and direction of light, and has more to do with the tangibility of form and anatomy.
We set up the model in the same way as for drawing and painting, and the initial sense of the pose is established by standing back and comparing what one is making with what one is seeing – to scale – and making adjustments accordingly. We then work using calipers for measurements, and also apply matchsticks to physically mark fundamental points of reference that one can then trust.
The emphasis is on the silhouette as created by the contour or outline of the figure (or portrait) and, to bring this out, the model is set against a white background for ultimate contrast.