It has been a joy for me to spend time with him learning his stock in trade. I am never going to be as proficient as he is, hence the ? mark in the title, but I do enjoy the process and enjoy the opportunity to learn a new media. I will admit that I do not do a lot of sculpting the remainder of the year, which also indicates that I will never become as proficient as he is, but for that week that I sculpt with him I am all in and love it.
Our first two years were spent working on a sculpted head, working with an oil based clay and on an armature made out of wire. When I say the first two years I mean it literally took me that long to develop a head which resembled a head. The first year the head looked emaciated and gaunt, which was not my plan, the second year we spent the time fleshing out the face and building character. I did spend a lot of time with my hands in clay, using his tools, so I guess if that is my definition I was "sculpting" and I use that term loosely.