What is a sculptor?
A sculptor models abstract objects or 3D likenesses using carving, casting, or other shaping techniques. Sculptors may also work digitally, using visual software to push, pull, smooth, and otherwise manipulate digital objects into the desired shape.
How do you hire a sculptor?
You can source sculpting talent on Upwork by following these three steps:
- Write a project description. You’ll want to determine your scope of work and the skills and requirements you are looking for in a sculptor.
- Post it on Upwork. Once you’ve written a project description, post it to Upwork. Simply follow the prompts to help you input the information you collected to scope out your project.
- Shortlist and interview sculptors. Once the proposals start coming in, create a shortlist of the professionals you want to interview.
Of these three steps, your project description is where you will determine your scope of work and the specific type of sculptor you need to complete your project.
How much does it cost to hire a sculptor?
Rates can vary due to many factors, including expertise and experience, location, and market conditions.
- An experienced sculptor may command higher fees but also work faster, have more-specialized areas of expertise, and deliver higher-quality work.
- A contractor who is still in the process of building a client base may price their sculpting services more competitively.
Which one is right for you will depend on the specifics of your project.
How do you write a sculptor job post?
Your job post is your chance to describe your project scope, budget, and talent needs. Although you don’t need a full job description as you would when hiring an employee, aim to provide enough detail for a contractor to know if they’re the right fit for the project.
Job post title
Create a simple title that describes exactly what you’re looking for. The idea is to target the keywords that your ideal candidate is likely to type into a job search bar to find your project. Here are some sample sculptor job post titles:
- Need a 3D sculptor to create some funky pop accessories
- Seeking a sculptor for a claymation project
- Looking for a digital sculptor with experience creating character models in ZBrush
An effective sculptor job post should include:
- Scope of work: From 3D modeling to stone masonry, list all the deliverables you’ll need.
- Project length: Your job post should indicate whether this is a smaller or larger project.
- Background: If you prefer experience with certain industries, software, or sculpting mediums, mention this here.
- Budget: Set a budget and note your preference for hourly rates vs. fixed-price contracts.
Sculptor job responsibilities
Here are some examples of sculptor job responsibilities:
- Create 3D models using graphic software or mediums such as stone, marble, plaster, concrete, metal, and/or wood
- Research additional reference material that complements the client’s artistic vision
- Assure model’s size and shape are appropriate for the space it will occupy, and consider lighting, transportation, and safety if appropriate
- Provide client with progress updates as needed
Sculptor job requirements and qualifications
Be sure to include any requirements and qualifications you’re looking for in a sculptor. Here are some examples:
- Experience sketching, molding, casting, or otherwise planning and executing sculpting projects
- Familiarity with sculpting software such as ZBrush, Blender, or Sculptura for digital sculpting
- A portfolio of previous work