A. Kelly Richard


The Process
I begin by doing detailed drawings of my subject.  Correct proportions are very important in creating believable figures.  I work from real life whenever possible but also rely on photographs when necessary.  My drawings are transferred to an aluminum armature.  At this time, I determine how lean or stocky the figure will be.  The turn of the head or position of a limb defines the personality of the figure and gives it life and energy.  Anyone can produce a stiff rigid figure.  I instill life and infuse emotion into all of my works of art.

The armature forms the base for the polymer composite or epoxy clay.  The clay is applied in thin layers to the outside of the form.  For me this is the artistic part of the process. I enjoy creating texture on my pieces.  Countless hours and extensive attention to detail go into creating each work of art.  Each sculpture is made up of many layers of clay.  Each layer requires 24 to 48 hours of drying time before another layer can be applied.  I always create the eyes for my figures, never relying on commercially made glass or plastic eyes. 

The dried piece of sculpture is sealed with a primer.  Each sculpture is hand painted with acrylic paint and sealed again with a matte or satin finish.  From concept to finished product it takes 4 to 8 weeks to complete.