The first stage in producing a sculpture would be to produce a number of drawings; this provides Ian and the client an overall feel of what the final piece will look like. This is an important creative stage where ideas flow and any changes on those ideas can be made.
The second stage is to make the sculpture in either water based or oil based clay; at this stage further minor alterations can be performed as necessary before the work is cast.
The third stage the approved artwork is then cast in bronze and a colour for the patina is chosen. Patinas on bronze sculptures are created by various chemicals, combined with the application of heat; this process gives the bronze the desired effect e.g. browns, honey, blues, greens or reddish effects.