Get a Portrait Done
We will discuss the process, the timeline and what you would like. I live in Vancouver BC. Contact me at louise.s.weir at gmail.com.
Do I have to sit for hours?
No, I prefer to work with at least one sitting with adults of about 3 hours and during which I begin the modelling, take facial measurements and photographs. Additional sittings may be advisable, (not unlike a second fitting for a suit or dress, just to be sure). If the subject is not available to sit, then I will discuss possibilities while looking at the photographs available.
Young children’s sittings are best spread out over several dates of about 40 minutes depending on how well they can sit still for measurements and photos. Like and art class, they usually they play with clay on my stand while I work on them or parents may bring in a video, iPad etc. depending on what the parents think will work best. I have four children, sculpted them all, and have worked with preschoolers to elderly people.
How long does it take?
Depending on how often the sitter is available, from beginning to the end you should allow about 3-6 months for the whole process to be complete for a life sized work. The piece will need to be modelled, hollowed, dried and fired. Bronzing will double the time (and the cost) but can be a great option.
How do you decide it is finished and ready for casting or firing?
You decide. The clay model is presented for approval. When approval is received the piece is fired or sent to the foundry. The last step is the finishing. You can leave the piece as plain ceramic sculpture or think about different finishes which I can discuss and show you examples of.
How do I keep track of the progress?
Feel free to ask for digital pictures of the progress whenever you like and come in and visit.