I've finished the first bronze sculpture, and the patina. I brought it home, but it is Rane's and so now it is at his school in their art room being shown to all the other elementary kids.
In the first photo, which is a little dark, you can get a feeling for the size. It's turning out to be about double the size I was thinking about when I started. But, hey, when I'm sculpting things I just trust my hands.
This second photo is also too dark, but I liked how it sets the mood for this piece. :-)
So, I turned on the flash to give you more a sense of the details. I've been working on the left side primarily, then trying to reflect that on the right side. It is interesting how in this early phase there is little difference between a dragon and a goat or a sheep. But, when I get to implementing the suface details, the reptilian features will become more pronounced.
And, here is a little more close up. I'm technically still in the rough phase of determining the form, but I like to add a few details to help inspire me about where the form will go next.
I figure it will take me about 2 more hours of work to finish the form, 4 or 5 more hours to finish the detailing, and then the fun begins. Gating and spruing, then building the plaster form, then waiting for the next bronze pour. After that, many hours of surface work on the bronze, then adding the patina.