A few months ago, I featured Jeff Wolf as an Artsy Fartsy Tuesday artist. Jeff is an incredible sculptor, especially of animals. He was commissioned by a client a little while ago, to sculpt a life size Black Lab. The client owns black labs, and wanted a sculpture done. So we are going to follow the progress of this piece for the next couple of months. The first Tuesday of the month I will have pictures showing the work as it nears completion. The start of any sculpture is referred to as roughing in. Just like the name implies, this is the rough idea, getting the basic shape. Here are a couple pictures showing the front view. As you can see, there is no detail, yet. In these pictures you can see glimpses of pipe under the dog. That is part of the armature. Sculpting clay is soft, and needs support to hold the shape. Pipes, wires, and foam blocks are all used underneath the clay of any sculpture. These are not part of the finished sculpture, the bronze is strong enough to hold the shape. I’m hoping I will be able to show some of the foundry process towards the end of this series. That’s about all there is to say for this week. Hopefully everyone will have a better understanding of the sculpting and casting process when this piece is done. This is going to be fun!!