How to Make a Statue
Ever since people evolved and began making art pieces, the three dimensional statue has been popular. Statues are versatile creations that may capture a moment, such as Rodin’s “The Thinker” or a general on a horse leading his troops into battle, that capture bigger-then-life detail.
On the other hand, statues can be modern art pieces that are constructed from recycled materials. No matter if you are going to make a miniature clay Statue of Liberty or carve a stone piece for the garden, there are some basic steps you need to follow.
How to Make a Statue
1. Assess your skill level
If you are in school and this is your first sculpture project, you are in a different position than being a fine arts major at college. As with most skills, making a statue you are proud of may require a few attempts before you get it right.
2. Go to the library and sign out some books on statues.
Read about great statues of the world and learn more about the people who created them. Scrutinize statues in museums, art galleries and parks to get a feel for the art.
3. Calculate your budget.
Figure out how much money you have to spend on tools and materials. Start small and add items as you need them, rather than rushing out and buying everything you need to do bronze casting.
If you are on a limited budget, consider using recycled materials for your statue and making it abstract.
4. Experiment with the four sculpture techniques used to make statues: carving, casting, modelling and assembling.
Perhaps you have a natural knack for, say, carving, but working with the various genres gives you a better overview of the possibilities of making a statue and you may find that casting works best.
5. Plan your creation and decide if you want your statue to be realistic or abstract.
Rather than just picking up a chisel and setting to work, take some time to plan for the sort of statue you want to create. Start with sketches and add detail. Working from a blueprint results in a better end product.
6. Select your material.
If you are a novice sculptor you may want to start with wood or local stone, rather than making a marble statue. Try doing the same statue using wood, soap and clay and compare the results.
7. Use the right tools.
If you are going to work with wood or stone, you will need a hammer and a chisel. Softer materials, such as soap or chocolate, can be carved with a knife. You can also use your fingers to smooth a statue made with soft material.
8. Be creative.
Let your imagination run wild and see what you statues you come up with. Gaze at the piece of wood or marble and see if you can mentally capture the statue that is trying to get out.