How I capture the ‘spirit’ in each Portrait
My most important aim is to achieve a great likeness. The cameo has to match the portrait photo. However, I actually work on a deeper more advanced level to make a cameo that the recipient will fall in love with.
My goal is to have the mother feel the love that she has for her child when she looks at my cameo portrait. For this I need to know the personality of the subject of my cameo. I ask questions during the design interview to learn the life story and most importantly their character.
I study the portrait photos very carefully. I do like to have more than one photo as different angels and looks can help me tease out the details of the profile.
I also work with plaster models that show the structure of a head. An ‘ecorche’ helps me visualise underlying bones and muscle groups. I also have plaster faces that show age progression. A baby’s proportions are very different to an adult. I have learned how age changes the face.
There are also profound differences between male and female faces. Knowledge of anatomy is a vital part of my learning and approach to crafting an accurate portrait sculture. I have to take the time to check details as I carve. This is where the value is in my fee.
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