Relief Sculpture Gallery

Relief Sculptures in Wood, Bronze, and Other Cast Materials

Bas Relief Sculpture

Low relief sculpture is similar to drawing and painting in that it depicts an image from a single viewpoint. When you move from side to side as you view a relief, you still only see the represented view. This in contrast to a fully 3-dimensional sculpture where what you see changes as you move around it.

 

The challenge in modeling or carving a relief is to represent 3-dimensional form within a relatively small depth. The lower the depth, the greater the challenge. And within this depth, every element is seen in relation to, and in proportion to, all the other elements. A subtle change of angle in a plane will suggest a wholly different form. The gradualness or steepness of a plane makes all the difference in conveying the intended effect.

 

When beginning a relief, it’s important to establish the maximum depth so you have a range to work within. Every subtle change of angle in a plane will suggest a wholly different form. The gradualness or steepness of a surface will make all the difference in conveying the intended effect.

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