After the drawings were approved I had models pose in the desired positions and began sculpting.
I first created a maquette. The 13" version of my sculpture was made of wax. The wax is much better than clay for tiny detail. However, working with wax is a slower more tedious process.
Once I felt comfortable with the look of the maquette I began work on the full sized piece.
These images show the armature, made of wood and piping. I also stuff the figure with news paper and pink insulation foam. This helps build size without adding a lot of extra weight. After hours and hours of mushing and carving the clay, he starts to take form.
To create the face I combined portions of the model's face and my own.
After I finished the bark texture on the tree portion of the sculpture, he was ready to be cast and bronzed. So I loaded the work in the back of my truck, tied him down as securely as possible, and headed for the foundry in Atlanta.