After editing the more than 100 pictures of Clay and Sophie, they were printed and mounted to storyboards. The storyboards are placed on an eight sided carousel that I turn for reference as I sculpt.

After creating the maquette, my next step was to do a model photoshoot to capture the posture and emotions to be translated into clay. I would normally have the individual model for the photoshoot - they bring the look and emotions to the surface. After discussing this with Melaura, we decided it would be too much to ask of her students. This led me to asking Melaura if she could pose for the students before I try and find individuals to model for the photoshoot.

Fortunately for me, Melaura knows her students so well she had no problem doing this. She even knows the little things about them, like how they position their feet while standing or sitting.

Armed with the images of Melaura, I set out to find some teenagers of the right age and size to model for the photoshoot. As it turned out, two of my neighbors/friends have a daughter and son who fit the age and size. I asked if they would model for the sculpture.

I explained that a photoshoot requires about an hour to take up to more than 30 shots capturing all angles. Both of them agreed and were perfect for this project. I explained to these great kids that I would be using their pose for the body of the individual figures; the faces would be the faces of the students.  This was of no consequence to them as they were both pleased to help.

I hope you have found this newsletter informative. The next one will give you more behind the scene stories and pictures as the process continues in creating this original art for Melaura and Dr. Edward Miguel (Eddie).

If you have any artist in your network of family and friends who would like to know about my process, please do not hesitate to pass this along or contact me.

Stay tuned for Part 3. Until then, all the best.


If you had the time to read Part 1 about Capturing a Client’s Passion in Original Art, you joined me on my journey of uncovering the clients’ heartfelt vision for this piece that will become part of telling their story. You were exposed to the power of targeted questions and images that unveiled their passion - all of which led me to the conceptual design of the sculpture to be created and the story to be told.

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Capturing a Client's Passion in Original Art - Part 2 

During this initial stage, I asked Dr. Melaura Tomaino (Melaura) to send me pictures of a number of her students so I could have specific individuals in mind as I was creating the study maquette. Three students connected with me, Zach, Wendy, and Carlos.