Noel Neill Statue Model

April 8, 2010: An Interview with Sculptor Gary Ernest Smith

By Steve Younis

Gary Ernest Smith is the artist responsible for designing and sculpting the Noel Neill "Lois Lane" statue to be installed as a feature attraction on the town square in Metropolis, Illinois.

The Superman Homepage would like to thank Gary for agreeing to do this interview, and for fitting it into his busy schedule.

    Q: Can you please take us through the initial design phase of creating the Noel Neill statue? Were you given photographs of Noel as Lois Lane to work from? Do you sketch out a design on paper first? How does the process work?

    A: I collected as many visual images of Noel in costume as I could get my hands on. I even watched multiple shows from the [Adventures of Superman] series. I filled my head with her countenance and spirit. I also familiarized myself again, with the DC Comic interpretation so I would have a historic context to the character. Most of all, I concentrated on Miss Neill's personality and presence while in character. I felt like the statue should represent a dignified, self assured, image of her in her classic pose as a reporter. From all of this information I did pencil sketches and, in the end, a final model.

Read the complete interview with Gary Ernest Smith right here at the Superman Homepage.



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