See the full process
The rendering for “The Fallen Angel.”
The first model, Perry, poses in front of welded rebar wings made for this project.
Perry reclines for the piece, although the final positioning is vertical.
The model is covered in Alginate.
Cotton is embedded into the wet alginate. When it sets, excess cotton is removed, leaving only a fiber nap.
A plaster gauze mother mold is created on top of the alginate.
Artist Philip Hitchcock is pictured with the mold of “Fallen Angel.”
The first coat of Ultracal 30 is pigmented and layered into the mold.
A second and third layer of gypsum are applied.
The “raw pull” is positioned in front of the rebar wings.
Little remains of the mold; literally broken in the process of creation.
The second model, Danny, will be the face of the statue. He is prepped for molding using cholesterol on his hair and beard.
Alginate covers his head ears and throat.
Cotton is embedded into the wet alginate.
When the alginate sets, the excess cotton is removed leaving only a nap.
A plaster mother mold is created on top of the alginate.
Face model Danny has survived the process. Notice the eerie 3D effect created when you stare at the negative mold.
The first coat of Ultracal 30 is laid into the mold.
A second layer of gypsum and chopped fiberglass is added.
The raw pull of Danny’s face.
The model with his matrix.
The head is blocked into position on the torso.
Shown here is the rough blends between the face and torso.
Shown here is the finished blend with skin texture recreated, making for a seamless blend.
Face and torso blend seen from front.
A resin and fabric technique is used to create drapery and clothing details.
Authentic Mouflon sheep horns are embedded with bolts for attachment to the head.
Horns are anchored into place and blended using epoxy clay.
Detail of the horn blend and primer.
Though it will not show, the back of the statue is painted black.
The statue receives a final coat of primer.
An undercoat of nickel/ stainless steel pigment is applied.
A palette of metallic pigments is worked into the finish.
The sculpture is glazed in clear.
Sculpture Detail: Mid views
Sculpture Detail: Center View
Sculpture Detail: Close upsNotice the addition of the necklace, nose ring and earring.
Sculpture Detail: Center up.
Full view of “The Fallen Angel”
Artist Philip Hitchcock poses with “The Fallen Angel.”