Commissioning a sculpture of your dog (or other animal)
A commission is a sculpture created by request. Whether it is a sculpture of your dog, another pet, a wild animal, a person, or a composition, I can sculpt you a bespoke commission designed for your home, garden, or office building.
|APPROXIMATE PRICE GUIDE||Estimated Commission Price|
|LIFE SIZE – SIZE TO SHOULDER||BRONZE RESIN||FOUNDRY BRONZE|
|Small dog / animal: Approx. to shoulder 250mm (ed. 25)||(£2,900 – £3,480)||(£4,450 – £5,340)|
|Medium dog / animal: Approx. to shoulder 350mm (ed. 25)||(£3,750 – £4,500)||(£6,450 – £7,740)|
|Large dog / animal: Approx. to shoulder 550mm (ed. 25)||(£5,100 – £6,120)||(£9,500 – £11,400)|
|Extra large dog / animal: Approx. 700mm (ed. 25)||(£6,200 – £7,440)||(£11,600 – £13,920)|
|SMALLER – TOTAL HEIGHT OR LENGTH
depending on pose, whichever is the greater
|Total height or length of sculpture 300mm (ed. 25)||(£2,850 – £3,420)||(£4,300 – £5,160)|
|Total height or length of sculpture 300mm (ed. 50)||(£2,200 – £2,640)||(£3,850 – £4,620)|
|Total height or length of sculpture 180mm (Charities range – open edition)||(£1,900 – £2,280)||(£2,150 – £2,580)|
- Where a commission of your pet (or family member) involves travelling to sittings to take their photos and measurements, it may cost extra, depending on your location. If you live outside the UK, or if your beloved pet has passed away, I am very comfortable working from photos.
- The prices above do not include delivery of final sculpture. I can estimate these if you tell me your location.
- All Commissions permit me to take a limited (or open where stated) edition of your sculpture for me to sell afterwards. If you want your commission to be unique or a very short edition, please ask. Unique sculptures (edition of 1) are approximately 4 times the price estimated above.
- The edition copies will vary in price, and you may see copies of your commission being sold at a much lower price. Later buyers are not purchasing a bespoke sculpture, and they are not paying for dedicated time spent sculpting their commission.
- The payment schedule is usually 50% upon commissioning and 50% on approval of the clay models.
What’s the difference between Foundry Bronze and Bronze Resin?
Foundry bronze is the traditional method of bronze casting, using the lost wax process – used by sculptors in ancient Greece. The bronze is melted at extremely high temperatures and then poured into a ceramic mould.
The lost wax method of casting is a highly skilled, complex, time-consuming and labour intensive process. This, combined with the innate value of the bronze (which is made from copper and tin), gives rise to the comparatively high price of a bronze sculpture.
Bronze Resin sculpture also known as “cold cast bronze” or bonded bronze, is made of real bronze powder, mixed with polyester, epoxy or another resin and poured into a rubber reusable mould. This is backed up with very strong fiberglass and resin. Because real bronze powder is used over its surface, cold cast bronze can be coloured or patinated (a chemical reaction with the metals in bronze) to look very similar to Foundry Bronze.
Other powders other than bronze may be mixed into the polyester or painted onto the surface to enable the resin to achieve the appearance of different materials, such as iron, copper or stone. Casting a cold cast sculpture is faster and less expensive than casting bronze. It is also much lighter and is still relatively strong, as it can be reinforced with an internal steel structure.
Bronze Resin is very robust and can last outside in the garden for over 25 years. Some last between 30 to 50 years, as while some cracking and patina discolouration may occur over time, particularly along seam lines if water sits and then freezes, the material is very easily repaired.
Displayed indoors bronze resin treated with care can last indefinitely. It is more fragile than foundry bronze and knocking or dropping can break or crack vulnerable parts of the sculpture. However, it is also quite easily repaired and is a fantastic bronze substitute. It’s generally very durable and much more affordable.
Depending on the size of the commission, the process from start to finish is likely to take from 6 – 12 months. Where possible, I will work to a specific date if you have one, smaller pieces particularly may be easier to fit to a tighter timeline. The lead time for starting will depend on the time of year and what other work I have, so this would be discussed.
Subject, size and location
Contact me to discuss Subject, Size and Location, then I’ll send you a quotation. In the case of larger commissions, you may wish to request one or several three dimensional models (called maquettes), to show my ideas.
Visits or just photos
Before creating the sculpture of your dog, I’ll most often come and visit, to see and get to know your pet. If you are commissioning a sculpture of your dog but you are based in another country, or if the pet has passed on, then I can create a sculpture of your dog (or subject) using photos. In both cases you will be invited to show me photos of poses that particularly characterise(d) your dog. In the case of a visit, I’ll spend time with the dog, talk to you about their character and mannerisms, take photos and measurements, then discuss a pose with you that captures him or her, and confirm the size of the sculpture.
I’ll then build an armature in my studio, and begin modelling the sculpture of your dog in clay or wax. When I would like further inspiration, I may speak to you about a second visit, or a sitting at my studio with the sculpture and the dog together. This is not always necessary, and sometimes it can be satisfied by asking for a few more photos where you live outside the UK, or your beloved pet has passed away.