Portrait of a Cat

23 March, 2014 – 2:54 pm

Sadly this beautiful tabbie cat Ozzy was put down last year, I was given the honour of carving him as a memorial doing what cat’s do-walking along a fence!!

From this picture, I made a template and applied it to the piece of Portland limestone.  430mm x 300mm x 100mm

This stone was a particularly hard piece and therefore I used my angle grinders to cut the outline and remove as much stone as possible.

By carving around the edge and creating an island, using a sinking square to square down and create the same shape at the surface of the stone, this is so I can remove the stone and shape the cat to create the perspective, the illusion that he is walking along the fence.

As this is a relief with a complicated perspective it can only be viewed from the front any other angle would make it look distorted and incorrect, much like the marble wall reliefs found in churches.

This commission took me 50hrs.



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