I use various epoxy mixtures and conventional construction materials as a base for my sculptures. The composition and technical execution are carefully planned prior to beginning the piece. Various editing software applications are used to create an anatomically-correct figure. A structural foundation is then assembled and the 3D elements are created using epoxy clays, a process which often requires wearing an industrial-grade respirator. This operation can be quite laborious as it is done in multiple layers. A combination of clay sculpting and stonework techniques is used to achieve a realistic figure with abstract elements. If a close likeness of the subject is preferred, I use 3D photography to gather multiple reference materials. Glass pieces are then broken and inlaid into desired shapes.
Once the sculpture is dry and non-toxic, it is mechanically attached, sanded and primed with a high quality oil primer. The final oil painting finish is the most freestyle part of the artwork where I can paint in a more abstract manner. The painting usually has at least 4 layers to achieve the desired depth of color. To maintain the paint integrity, I do not use solvents, only extra refined linseed oil. This slows down the painting process but eliminates mixing mistakes and ensures the durability of the paint. I use a limited pallet for the same reasons.
Next, a custom frame is designed to structurally support the entire piece and then finished to complement the theme. Flexing surfaces are painted with acrylics and the external frame is often touched up with oil to give it a deeper color.
Depending on the size of the sculpture, the entire process can take over a year with the minimum time being 3 months for a smaller portrait. Oil paints alone can take months to be dry to the touch and a year to fully cure. The piece can also be delivered wet, however, safely secured inside of a custom-made wooden crate.