Sculpture is a beautiful and very old art form. If you dream of creating a volumetric image of stone or other material, but do not know where to start, how to continue and how to end, then you will definitely not be hurt by a few useful recommendations.
Decide on the material. Since sculpture can be sculpted from many types of material, you should initially decide which material will be easier for you to work with. Most often, metal, stone, clay, wood, plaster, sand, ice are used for sculptures. In principle, any material is suitable that can hold its shape and which will be quite plastic so that any shape can be made from it.
Execute the model in plasticine. Before you start making the statue itself, you need to make a small copy of it from the available material. Ordinary plasticine is fine here. In principle, a copy can be life-size. In this case, if you are making a statue out of plaster, which is one of the simplest materials to work with, you can later cast the plaster sculpture itself from the plasticine mold.
The plasticine model from which the plaster statue will be cast must have the opposite shape to the depicted object. Therefore, if you are new to the art of sculpture, you should not think too complex compositions.
Prepare the material. In case you are making a statue out of plaster, you should dilute this material to a state of sour cream. Next, use a brush to gently apply the plaster of Paris to the clay mold. After the first layer is dry, apply the second, then the third, and so on.
Strengthen the structure. If the statue is rather large, it should be reinforced with a wire mesh structure. After about half an hour, the plaster will harden, and you can carefully remove the mold from the plasticine sculpture. Give the plaster some time to dry. After that, cover the plaster statue with varnish.