For me as a sculptor in stone I strivevto become better with each carving.
Although I do make clay models to practise and understand in a much technically easier way, the final sculpture is stone.
This is a practise portrait of no one in particular. I am carving directly with no drawing or maquette to work from.
As you are probably aware once I remove the stone I can’t put it back so by searching for the best way to carve an eye ball with eyelids or a mouth that looks like it will open eventually I will get it just right.
This is a very exciting journey, as I look back at previous carvings I can see how to improve them for next time.
The various types of stone make a huge difference, the amount of detail obtainable depends on how course the stone is.
This is a piece of Sandstone from St Bees in Cumbria. It is very dense with fine particles making it suitable for a greater amount of detail.
There are no fossils to intefere with the detail but at the same time it is not fine or dense enough to polish. I would need marble to achieve that type of finish.
As you can see this is still very much a work in progress but without this type of developmental carving I would not improve.