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Creating a portrait takes a lot of time, concentration and effort. Production time of the portrait shown here was about 50 hours, spread over a month.
For his portraits, Tim uses polymer clay. It’s a modelling clay and is often used in the movie and toy industry to make prototypes. Also, a lot of artists use it to create one-of-a-kind sculptures. After being baked, it becomes a very durable PVC-like object and can be painted. Because it is a rather new clay (1939) it is not a very known product in the art industry like e.g. ceramics. But, it is used more often by artists because of it’s qualities and ease of work.
 
Tim approaches his work in a unique way and creates his portraits in a more technical manor. Everything is build up bit by bit. The eyes and teeth are made separately and are positioned on the sculpture rather than creating the eyes and teeth simultaneously.
This method creates a more realistic look. Especially the mouth stands out. Due to this process it is hard to create a mould and gives Tim’s portraits a unique character.

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