Portrait Sculptures by Ohio Artist Terri Meyer
Portrait Sculpture is the art of capturing a subject in clay and then casting it into bronze or firing the original clay piece. When I approach a portrait sculpture, I have the model (subject being sculpted) sit for two hours in a rotating chair, so I can capture their skull structure and unique features. I photograph the model to work on the nuances of their features and refine the structure in preparation for the second session. During the second session I focus on creating more personality by tilting or turning the head, adding a smile, etc. It's these little subtleties that bring the portrait sculpture to life. Sculpture requires more physical energy than painting, as the artist is continually working the clay with their hands and engaging the body as well. Nothing is more rewarding that having the sculpture capture the essence of the model.