So many people ask me how I get from a block of stone to the smooth finished piece, so I have taken a series of images of my carving during the making of my latest piece to show the stages.
You have seen my drawings for sculpture, but the next stage is often the making of a maquette, particularly if I am working on a commissioned sculpture. A maquette (a small scale model or rough draft) can be made of any material, but I usually use clay or plaster, occasionally I use stone.
These are the quick sketches I made in clay to get the positioning and attitude of the dogs.
Then, once a pose is chosen, I start work on carving the block, using the maquette as a guide for the scupture. Here is the album of all the stages inbetween the block above, and the finished piece below.