This project was to create a life-size ‘merman’ creature in the form of an ancient bronze statue. The armature is welded steel, with a sculpted polystyrene form covered in plaster for the fine detail and sceniced to create a bronze finish.
The plasticine maquette that will be used to construct the final, full-scale sculpture. I used the maquette to work out the design and details since I wasn’t working from a specific reference photo.
Before begining to sculpt I needed to construct a welded steel armature to support the free-standing pieces such as the tail and arms. I used MIG welding with lengths of bended steel to create a skeleton for the polystyrene to attach to.The next step was to cut the large block of polystyrene into pieces which would be attached to the armature.
The colour was added with a spray-gun, building up layers of colour to create a subtle colour change over
the surface which will add depth. Further detail was painted by hand using stains and shellac.