I've just come in from cleaning my tools, straightening up the studio, putting away MONTHS worth of reference photos and getting an armature set up for my next project! Yay! Taking a day off tomorrow to visit my friend (I think I said that already), but I'm rarin' to go on another piece. I may need your help on this one. I have a photo of my mama with a big hat on with the wind at her back, her skirt blowing and a big grin on her face. I think it's their wedding day, honestly. The skirt from that suit was in her cedar chest when she died (I don't know what happened to the top) and that's what she wore when they got married (by a JP in NM during the war before Dady went overseas).
Anyway - I do a lot of reliefs and had wanted to do a high relief for a while. This one just fit exactly what the customer wanted, so it gave me the chance to do what I wanted and be PAID for it! YAY!
No, this piece won't cost much to cast. It's 10" wide x 9" high - not a lot of bronze involved. It will weigh 7-10 lbs probably. I'm also looking into having it cast in resin to have an even more affordable piece for sale.
I suspect they'll cut his forelock off and mold it separately - that's what I would do. It's too complex on its own, and even more complex in front of the mane the way it is. It would be easy to remove it and make a mold just of that, then weld it back in place. Now for the resin, that's another matter entirely since resins need to be cast in one piece! (It's hard to join them so the join doesn't show - it can be done, but it's difficult and time-consuming, therefore expensive.) The tendrils are thick enough to cast easily. As for the mold - I suspect they'll put a bit of plastic between each one to make the mold separate easily. I'm glad I don't have to make the mold for it, though!
I wanted him to be looking straight at the viewer. His owner can hold him up to the place where he wants to hang him and see exactly where the right spot is so the horse is looking at people who approach him. I think that will be pretty darned cool!
Glad you like it!