Shortlisted to sculpt a maquette and 1/2 size bronze of the British Olympic gold medal winning Dressage horse 'Valegro'.
On a first visit I will discuss with the potential client what he or she is looking for, the character of the subject. What it is about the subject that really matters, key attributes. Along with an approximate quote which will vary depending on final size and dimension of the finished bronze.
I will spend time with the subject, taking detailed measurements, noting proportion and characteristics. I will take my own photos from varied angles, making sketches and notes. I will then make more detailed drawings in the studio of possible poses, which I will send the client along with a firm quote. Only then, if the client is happy, will I proceed with a firm commission.
Once the clay is at a middle stage, I like to do some work from life if the clay is of table-top size and portable. In any case I will invite the client to view the sculpture or will send photos before it goes to the foundry. At this stage I can still do many tweaks to your satisfaction.
Casting will take around 4 months, and the client is welcome to view the bronze in progress at key stages.
I ask for payment in 3 stages. 1/3 when the drawings are agreed and a firm commission given, 1/3 before I take the clay to the foundry, and the final 1/3 on delivery.
If the final bronze is easily transportable I will deliver myself if of a reasonable distance, or on an easy run for me. Otherwise I ask the client to pay for carriage. If of a bigger or life-size, I will arrange transport and installation, but at cost to the client, who I ask to pay the contractor direct.