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Fallen Angel: Step by Step

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Fallen Angel Prework

The rendering for “The Fallen Angel.”

Fallen Angel: Step 1

The first model, Perry, poses in front of welded rebar wings made for this project.

Fallen Angel: Step 2

Perry reclines for the piece, although the final positioning is vertical.

Fallen Angel: Step 3

The model is covered in Alginate.

Fallen Angel: Step 4

Cotton is embedded into the wet alginate.  When it sets, excess cotton is removed, leaving only a fiber nap.

Fallen Angel: Step 5

A plaster gauze mother mold is created on top of the alginate.

Fallen Angel: Step 6

Artist Philip Hitchcock is pictured with the mold of “Fallen Angel.”

Fallen Angel: Step 7

The first coat of Ultracal 30 is pigmented and layered into the mold.

Fallen Angel: Step 8

A second and third layer of gypsum are applied.

Fallen Angel: Step 9

The “raw pull” is positioned in front of the rebar wings.

Fallen Angel: Step 10

Little remains of the mold; literally broken in the process of creation.

Fallen Angel: Step 11

The second model, Danny, will be the face of the statue.  He is prepped for molding using cholesterol on his hair and beard.

Fallen Angel: Step 12

Alginate covers his head ears and throat.

Fallen Angel: Step 13

Cotton is embedded into the wet alginate.

Fallen Angel: Step 14

When the alginate sets, the excess cotton is removed leaving only a nap.

Fallen Angel: Step 15

A plaster mother mold is created on top of the alginate.

Fallen Angel: Step 16

Face model Danny has survived the process.  Notice the eerie 3D effect created when you stare at the negative mold.

Fallen Angel: Step 17

The first coat of Ultracal 30 is laid into the mold.

Fallen Angel: Step 18

A second layer of gypsum and chopped fiberglass is added.

Fallen Angel: Step 19

The raw pull of Danny’s face.

Fallen Angel: Step 20

The model with his matrix.

Fallen Angel: Step 21

The head is blocked into position on the torso.

Fallen Angel: Step 22

Shown here is the rough blends between the face and torso.

Fallen Angel: Step 23

Shown here is the finished blend with skin texture recreated, making for a seamless blend.

Fallen Angel: Step 24

Face and torso blend seen from front.

Fallen Angel: Step 25

A resin and fabric technique is used to create drapery and clothing details.

Fallen Angel: Step 26

Authentic Mouflon sheep horns are embedded with bolts for attachment to the head.

Fallen Angel: Step 27

Horns are anchored into place and blended using epoxy clay.

Fallen Angel: Step 28

Detail of the horn blend and primer.

Fallen Angel: Step 29

Though it will not show, the back of the statue is painted black.

Fallen Angel: Step 30

The statue receives a final coat of primer.

Fallen Angel: Step 31

An undercoat of nickel/ stainless steel pigment is applied.

Fallen Angel: Step 32

A palette of metallic pigments is worked into the finish.

Fallen Angel: Step 33

The sculpture is glazed in clear.

Fallen Angel: Step 34

Sculpture Detail: Mid views

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Sculpture Detail: Center View

Fallen Angel: Step 36

Sculpture Detail: Close ups
Notice the addition of the necklace, nose ring and earring.

Fallen Angel: Step 37

Sculpture Detail: Center up.

Fallen Angel: Step 38

Full view of “The Fallen Angel”

Fallen Angel: Completed

Artist Philip Hitchcock poses with “The Fallen Angel.”