Starting a commission of bas relief medallion

stencil on foam board ©Lori Kiplinger Pandy drawing stencil on 1” foam board ©Lori Kiplinger Pandy Drawing transferred onto foam - ready to cut ©Lori Kiplinger Pandy Foam cut with hot wire tools ©Lori Kiplinger pandy sketching details onto foam cut out ©Lori Kiplinger Pandy Carving foam using serrated knife ©Lori Kipliinger Pandy Shaping foam using rasp, file and sandpaper ©Lori Kiplinger Pandy foam shape roughed in ©Lori Kiplinger Pandy

Foam sealed and ready for clay ©Lori Kiplinger Pandy

I received a commission to sculpt a bas relief medallion about 24" x 24". This sculpture will be cast in Forton or Aqua Resin.

To start, I scaled up my drawing and laid it out on a piece of hard foam.

Then I traced the shape out onto the foam board using a marker.

Next I used my hot wire tools to cut the foam away. This stuff is toxic so I was careful to work in the garage and wear a mask!

Once everything was cut out, I drew in some guidelines for the shapes and began carving away using a serrated knife.

When I had the basic forms started, I refined them using files, rasps and sandpaper to further define the medallion.

Finally I put on a coat of primer to seal it. This serves two purposes: to keep the crumbly bits out of the clay and to give an even 'tooth' for the clay to adhere.

I'll let this dry overnight and then I'll come back with some warm oil-based clay and begin sculpting over this armature foam.

foam sealed and ready for clay ©Lori Kiplinger Pandy
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