Most clients favour modelling sessions in the comfort of their own home. This involves choosing a good light room with space to place the dais and manoeuvre the modelling stand together with 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 time sitting, but the process cannot be rushed. If the time-honoured skill and judgement of modelling is to fully capture your appearance, then sittings rather than photographs are essential and I will ask that you allow me to look from all angles. A skilled eye can always detect the difference between a bronze modelled from sittings or from photographs.
I invite you and your family to take and active role in informing me of your opinions as to the resemblance of the developing clay, at each stage of the sittings. This helps 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.
Your work is over and the clay is ready for casting. This can take up to 90 days depending upon the schedule of the bronze casting foundry. From the finished clay I will prepare a rubber mould and take a wax model, which will be reworked. This is delivered to the foundry to be cast into bronze.
The fine detailed finishing of the bronze will be done by myself, in my studio, to ensure that every nuance is captured as seen, and not lost in the roughness of the casting process. I am one of th every few sculptors that hand finishes all their own bronzes.
Having chosen the patina(colour) and the type of base suitable for the placement of the bronze, the work is now ready for delivery. Preferably this is by hand or possibly by insured parcel post. 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.