Frequently asked questions about portrait sculpture commissions continued

I would like to have more than one child sculpted should I have them created together?
Again this is left to the discretion of the collector, however the artist often suggest that the children be created separately, unless there is more than one piece created. Commissioned artwork often becomes a family heirloom. With two separate pieces each child, in adulthood, can have their own treasure. Separate pieces can still be created so that they interact with the other. Example: Sarah and Jane are playing jacks, two separate companion pieces each with their own pose and jacks but they can be situated on the table to interact and work with each other.

What is the final piece created in?
The options to the final piece are many and depend on the budget of the collector and the application of the art. Fired clay in either white or terracotta is one way of creating a piece of artwork. If a bronze is to be cast from a sculpture an original is completed in clay and then a mold is made. The bronze is made in the foundry from this mold. If an outdoor figure is desired and bronze is not in the budget some decide to cast the original in another medium such as a resin or cement. Though Ms. Mongeon has given prices in the past for these mediums she do not recommend them. Bronze is really the best investment. The nice part about going into the mold process in either bronze or another medium is that more than one sculpture can be cast. The sculpting fees and mold making fees are incurred during the first piece making additional pieces quite a bit less. By going to a mold it offers the collector the opportunity of sharing the loved one with another. Example: A mother commissions the pieces and has one cast for each grandparent.

Just how expensive is bronze casting?
Bronze casting is an art in itself. The cost of having a sculpture created in bronze depends on the intricacy of the piece and the amount of bronze it takes to make it. After the sculpting, a major part of the cost is having a mold made. After this mold is completed it can be used to make future pieces in the edition at a much lower price. If bronze is requested an estimate can be given to the collector before the commission is begun. Example If Chipper were to be cast in bronze after the sculpting process the one time cost for the mold would be approximately $700 with an additional cost of $700 for the bronze and each additional bronze.

Do I have to decide now what I want the final piece in?
Yes. The final medium of the work affects the design greatly. Some mediums offer more freedom to the artist. It is all in the engineering of the piece. Example: Suzy balancing on one foot while reaching with a butterfly net can be created in bronze because of the nature of the medium. In clay it would be almost impossible.

Is there anything else I need to think about concerning this commission?
Yes. Is the piece to be casual, or formal? Is there a certain outfit or piece of jewelry that you want the subject to wear? And do you have any snap shots that offer that special or certain look that you are hoping that the artist can capture — the furrowed brow, strand of hair that always falls over the face or the crooked smile.

How long does the process take?
The process begins with the signing of the contract. At that time a deposit is given and the first sitting is scheduled. The schedule for your work of art is determined by my schedule upon signing of the contract as well as the schedule of the foundry. A schedule is given to the client with the contract. If you are trying to work within a time frame for example a birthday, anniversary or memorial service, please let the artist know. She may be able to work her schedule around your needs.

Portrait bust and small figurines
Clay- four to sixteen weeks
Bronze- four to eight weeks for approval of clay, an additional eight to sixteen weeks for bronze.

Life-size figures bronze(Clay is not available for life-size pieces they are only created in bronze)
Eight to twenty weeks for approval of clay an additional eight to sixteen weeks for bronze.

Do you always have to have access to the subject to sculpt them?
Though it is extremely helpful it is not necessary, and under certain circumstances is not always possible. For example, if a loved one is to be created at another time in their life than the age they are now, or if they are inaccessible because of distance or death. As much reference of the subject as possible, is requested. Receiving as many photographs and videos depicting the person from as many different angles is very helpful.

I have a favorite photo can you recreate the scene for me?
Certainly. Ms. Mongeon has yet to find one that she could not do or that was not just as inspiring for her. It is a pleasure to make those cherished memories come to life.

This is sculpture is being created for a memorial. Is there anything special I need to know or think about?
The artist would first like to express her sympathy for your loss. Posthumous sculpture is one of her specialties, in fact, she is writing a book about the process and has created the Memorial Sculpture section of the web site specifically for this type of commission.

Do you have payment plans?
Yes there are many different ways to work out the payments. Typically payments are made in thirds- one third upon signing of contract, a one third upon approval of the sculpted piece and the balance upon notification that the sculpture is complete. Tax, delivery and installation if applicable are added to the final payment.

I belong to an organization that gives awards. It would be great to have our own award. Can you create such a thing?
Yes. The artist has done this for other organizations. Some want to purchase so pieces many of a design created specifically for their organization. Others have commissioned me to create a design; they give it as an award and also sell it to interested parties. This opportunity has great potential as a fundraiser for the organization.

Can I follow along with the sculpting process?
That is the exciting part. The artist usually document the work on her blog of forum. So not only can you keep up with the progress of the sculpture, but often friends and relatives all over the world can watch the creation come to life.

How do I begin?
You can fill out our contact form detailing what you would like and the artist or or one of her reps will call you.

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