A reclining bull in white marble

block of marble for lying bull in white marble

It's been a bit quiet on my blog, because I a big job had in progress. Messages about that to follow later, because it is not finished yet. But last week I carved a reclining bull in white marble.
My father asked me: 'How do you take on such a project, how do you make such an animal?’ I explained to him that in such a case I usually first make a clay model.

I first went looking for photographs, and modeled a rather coarse clay model on the basis thereof. It was all about the posture and dimensions to me. I knew how big I wanted to make it, because I had already bought a piece of stone. If you do it the other way around, it's often a bit more difficult to find a suitable piece of stone.

Clay Model bull in white marble

When the clay model was about right, I drew an outline template on a piece of white cardboard (plasterer's milk carton board, see here↑ some tips). I cut out the template and put it on my block of stone.

These contours I traced on the piece of marble with a marker and then carved them out with a sharp chisel. I then cut away all the excess stone outside of the lines with the diamond saw. The result was a piece of stone that looked as if I'd cut out the outline with a bandsaw.

Then I put the model and the stone together tightly and I started transferring the dimensions of the head and the body. For this technique, see the aforementioned blog post.

Nandi-bull in white marbleFinally, I precarved the bull, on the basis of these sizes, in the rough, and refined, adapted and detailed it by eye. The last step was the detailing and polishing. I ultimately made its head a bit smaller because it was a bit too big in the original design. The bull was carved in white Sivec marble and is about 50 x 20 cms, at an height of 33 centimeters.

I also made a black granite base piece on which it can lie down. Just as the previously made padukas this is a temple piece; the bull Nandi is the mount of Shiva and is traditionally present in every Shiva temple where there is a Shivalingam.

reclining bull in white marble reclining bull in white marble with garland

Beeldhouwerijblog.nl is the blog of Koen van Velzen, sculptor in stone and bronze. Look up my website as well: beeldhouwerijvanvelzen.nl

2 responses to “A reclining bull in white marble

  1. lacquet wrote:

    Wish to further pursue this information.

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