Andrew Lovell in Atlanta Georgia produces amazing sculptures using .9 lb density EPS as the core and then covering them with clay for the fine detail. The EPS core keeps the figure much lighter than using all clay or using a wire cage for the basic structure. It is also very easy to carve. This sculpture was commissioned for a Norman Rockwell Christmas display in Houston Texas. As the photos show, the EPS was first carved to create the skeleton for Santa Clause and then covered with oil-based clay. This is where the sculpture really starts to come to life. His attention to detail is remarkable.
Andrew can be reached on Facebook at AB Lovell Art.