De Niro portrait sculpture

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"De Niro - Taxi Driver "



A life size portrait sculpture of Robert De Niro, made from silicone, hair, acrylic and costume.

Using publicity photos and screen captures, "Bob" was sculpted over several weeks in water based clay. Once the form was good, skin detail was added and the clay sealed before being moulded in fibreglass. The clay was then removed and a more precise thickness of clay laid in, which would end up being the thickness of silicone rubber. Over this new clay layer, the fibreglass core section was fashioned, and the clay removed. The resulting void was then filled with pigmented silicone rubber to simulate a base flesh colour. Cleaned up, this was then painted with more silicone pigmented, in thin layers to give a skin like final finish.

Hair was then implanted for his scalp, eyebrows and lashes, then his head given a shave to replicate his later "Vietnam Vet" look.

Eyes were fashioned from acrylics and inserted. Finally he was dressed in suitably finished clothing similar to that from the film.


Taxi Driver portrait sculpture bust

De Niro Taxi Driver realistic portrait sculpture

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