Good day! Thank you for the kind compliment! I really appreciate your interest in my art work. I am currently making a duplicate of this piece for another person that requested one. It takes me a fair while to make reproductions, but I could do so for you as well, should you wish. I have no problem shipping Internationally. The reproduction I am currently making I quoted a price of $300 for, so I would do yours for that amount as well. I don't charge for shipping. The piece would take me some time to produce however, so you would have to be patient with me. I seem to have a backlog of commissions I am working on currently. Knowing others find my work satisfying helps feed my passion! So thank you!!!
thanks a lot for the message.Can i ask from what material you cast them? right now i'm not into much money but as soon as i have 300$ for art, i will let you know cause its simply wonderful.By the way i am also creating little buildings/houses/castles ,something like Lilliput lane if you know them, i am using plaster(dentist type grade 3) but its very fragile...i don;t know what king of resin i should use to look like plaster/concrete but to have a very good strength...and of course not to have bubbles when casting... Oh and one more curiosity that i have, how long does it take you to finish a model? like the angel type?Thank you so so much! you are such a great perfectionist with your work and creations, truly a master from whom i would deeply appreciate to receive some tips! thanks a lot!
I use apoxy sculpt putty, from AVES. It is a soft putty that you mix equal amounts of by kneading it together for a couple minutes. After that you have a two hour work time before it hardens. So I have to do small areas at a time and make certain everything is smoothed or shaped the way I require. After the piece is done it is harder than clay and can take more stress. I then mold the piece and make reproductions out of resin. For a project like yours, small buildings, I might suggest you look at the molds this website sells. It is geared toward building diorama's. [link] you could use resin or apoxy sculpt in the molds. But you would just want to clean the molds well after every use with apoxy sculpt. How long it takes me to make a sculpture is a hard question. I normally work on a series of sculptures at one time. I currently have 6 or 7 going. I jump back and forth between them. As one drys I start on another. I could produce a single statue in about three weeks if I concentrated just on that piece. As is, it usually takes me a good 8 weeks or so to complete a statue (given I work for a living also). I very much appreciate you kind compliments. I hope my tips help. Feel free to ask me further should you wish. I don't mind! Best Regards - Robert
thanks a lot! and last question, is your talent all natural? or you finished some art school? you get all the body proportions so right and everything that is hard for me to imagine that you just learned all by yourself...keep up the good work! i just love all you do! do you use a degausser pomp to get rid of all the bubbles from the silicone when creating the mould? Thanks!
I am self taught. I was in advanced art classes in high school, but at the time only did drawings and paintings. I discovered sculpting about ten years ago. It took me a while to learn body proportions. I am pleased you think I get it fairly right! I do not use a vacuum to remove bubbles from the silicone. It is too expensive. I mix the silicone very well and then pour from a height of about three feet (92 cm). After the pour I tap the mold with the handle of a screwdriver for a minute of two in order to vibrate the air bubbles upward. It works fairly well. I seldom have air bubble issues in my molds. You seem to know a fair amount about molding and sculpting already, judging by the questions you ask. Always nice to speak with people that know a bit about the subject! Thank you!
wow! you are incredible! i'm glad actually that self taught technique is possible in this field! to be honest i also started with some ugly little castles and now...its not even near perfection but its much much better.I will give you my Facebook link to see what i do.If you like it, i would appreciate a like from a master modeler like you! www.facebook.com/world.of.castelini thanks a lot! by the way, i bought a vacuum compressor soon i will finish the installation and hopefully i will get rid of the bubbles form my models i use a special clay called DEGAS -HARD ,its with bee wax and its fantastic for this kind of miniatures.
I should also add, that I studied one year in Firenze, Italia but that was a wide array of studies, ancient history, political science, as well as art. I studied sculpture while I was there, but the art I did was still drawing at the time!
Thank you so much for the kind compliment! I appreciate your interest in my art work. This piece sold long ago, but I took separate molds of his body and wings and can recreate him fairly easily. Should I do so, I would be happy to let you know prior to posting the piece for sale. Many thanks! -Robert