Most clients favour modelling sessions in the comfort of their own home. This involves choosing a good light spacious room and ample sheeting to protect the floor! I can offer sittings in my Devon studio should you prefer.
At the end of the sittings many of my clients tell me how relaxing and enjoyable they have been. There is no need to keep absolutely still – on the contrary – it is time for numerous teas/coffees and good conversation. Movement and shuffling to remain comfortable are encouraged and if the work is done in your home, you will have the use of your most comfortable chair.
I will take approximately 10 hours of your time. This can be divided into 6 × 1.5 hours, 5 × 2 hours or 4 × 2.5 hours over a period of approximately a month. Photographs will be used to minimize your sitting time but the process cannot be rushed.
At each stage of the sittings I invite you and your family to take an active role in informing me of your opinions of the resemblance. This helps to ensure that everything is considered.
Once the sittings are completed and the clay finished and approved, the work is ready to progress to stage 3. At this stage (for a private commission) you will be invoiced for the first payment of 1/2 of the total value of the commission.
When the sittings are over the clay is ready for casting. From the finished clay I will prepare a rubber mould. From this I take a wax model which will be delivered to the foundry to be cast into bronze. This can take up to 90 days depending upon the schedule of the bronze casting foundry.
With a diploma in lost-wax bronze casting, I am able to complete the detailed finishing of the bronze myself, ensuring that every nuance is captured.
Having chosen the patina (colour) and the type of base suitable for the bronze, the work is now ready for delivery. I prefer to deliver this to you or we can use my insured art delivery courier. Written maintenance instructions together with a signed certificate of authentication and guarantee of workmanship are supplied with every bronze.
All casting is overseen and finished by Luke ensuring the highest possible standard of replication of his work.
Bronze: Bronze castings are individually cast at a specialist art casting foundry, using the traditional lost-wax process. Each piece is carefully filed, hand-finished and patinated in Luke’s studio. Each bronze comes with a guarantee of workmanship.
Bronze-Resin: Cold cast bronze is polyester resin saturated with bronze metal dust giving a highly durable and quality imitation of genuine bronze. All bronze-resin castings are undertaken by the artist. The bronze-resin castings are so effective that they can easily be mistaken for the real thing. Bronze-resin also comes with a guarantee of workmanship.
Children’s busts offer a fine memento of a special period in their lives. There is no particular age that is preferable for sittings, as this is a very individual decision.
With young children the sittings will be limited to shorter periods and they often watch an i-Pad. This helps to keep their attention just that much longer! The use of photographs can help too.