Taking the Bull by the Horns

On May 13th, 2008, I responded to a request for an artist to produce a 'Custom Bull Sculpture'. I was contacted after my client reviewed my portfolio and was awarded the commission. I started the concept sketches the same day.
The sculpture is being made for the 60th birthday of a gentleman in the Boston area. The gentleman is a bull collector and his son wanted to have a bull made that would incorporate aspects of his fathers life into the form of a bull.
This project has been a milestone for me as an artist. I feel as though this project has re-lit the desire I have to create. To this point in my artistic career I have worked as an interpretor for many clients. It hasn't been since college that I painted freely expressing myself in the individual manner that I enjoy. Granted, I am producing a vision of a client again, but this project fits my hand so well I can't help but feel like it was meant to be.
The photos along this post are of the concept sketches, and the rough-in of the bull from, the addition and progression of elements. There is no mold being made for this sculpture. It is a one-of-a-kind. From this point, I will now finish up with the placement of the birthday 7/14/48, and two birds on the rump of the bull, the number 55 on the neck, and the letter "B" in the claws of a condor that wrap around the neck. Then details......

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