This was one of my earliest cast studies, completed over 5 days at Sarum Studio. It is a sculpture of Niccolò da Uzzano (1359 - 1431) an Italian politician, the Gonfaloniere of Justice in the government of Florence. The original sculpture, attributed to Donatello, is in the Bargello Museum in Florence. I spent a considerable amount of time pushing the shapes around during the early stages. The cast itself has a rather enigmatic, inscrutable expression - wry and calculating but weary - and difficult to capture.
There were a number of 'happy accidents' behind the success of this drawing. I wasn't fully aware at the time of the importance of edges in creating the illusion of form, but I seem to have controlled them rather well. The drawing also has just enough reflected light to give the subject three dimensionality, without breaking the hierarchy of values.
Ben Laughton Smith
Contemporary works of art in the classical tradition.