This image served as a reference photo for the bust of Dorothy. There are key but subtle differences between the male torso and the female. I struggled to get the proportions "right" for a long time, but then it all came together.
This the concrete cast of Dorothy a few days after being released from the mould.
This version of the Cowardly Lion served as the inspiration for my work. I wanted something more African, a bit "rougher" and less cutesy, so this pic nailed it!
This is my friend Nigel Lendon, former lecturer and now a practising artist. He was the model for the Scarecrow. There are strong similarities between his physiognomy and that of my sculpture.
At left the Tin Man rests while the Scarecrow looks downcast. Each sculpture takes 4-5 months to make. It's an extremely rigorous and painstaking process!
I decided to change the physiognomy of the Tin Man a fews weeks into the modelling phase. A friend had sat for me, and it just wasn't working! I felt that the face had to be much "heavier", square jawed and blocky. So this Zbrush image of NBA star LeBron James was the perfect reference.
Here I am standing next to the Tin Man at the end of the modelling phase. It's a clay model coated in one coat of shellac.
The poster I designed for the exhibition in April 2017.
Here you can see me assisting Sean Davey with our photoshoot of the Scarecrow.
The four original actors from the 1939 film: Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley and Bert Lahr. Legends of the silver screen!