Family sculpture sets — or as I like to call them, “portraits in 3D” — make unique, surprising and funny gifts. They’re small and portable, plus it’s fun to rearrange them within their own groups. These little keepsakes can adorn the top of a dresser or a shelf, or just sit nestled on a busy desktop.
All I need is a few photographs to get started. Then I try to find some distinguishing features to identify the people, taking creative liberties with their clothes. Since I find it challenging to make people, I keep them more cartoony than real.
This first set consists of the welcoming grandfather, grandmother with grandchild, mother and father. And, of course, the two pets!
Another set I made featured a grandmother and her three grandchildren: