worked for years developing his image for the Southwest Pieta.
He made a small model.
When he drew his image to make the
lithographic print the process reversed the image. For example
you can see that the woman's head hangs down to the left in
the model but to the right in the print.
After Jiménez has developed
and refined his image, he begins working with tools and materials
to make his final sculpture a physical reality.
For centuries sculptors have used molds
to make more than one cast of their work. Jiménez prefers
this process because he is able to get his ideas out to more
Luis Jiménez has pioneered
a way to make several sculptures using fiberglass. Once he
has made his mold, he makes an artist proof for himself and
then makes up to five casts from the mold. The artist is standing
in front of three casts of the eagle part of this sculpture.