Lifecasting is the process of creating a LIFE SIZE three-dimensional copy of a living human body, through the use of moulding and casting techniques.
The most common lifecasts are of torsos, pregnant bellies, hands and faces, and it is possible for an experienced lifecasting practitioner to copy any part of the body.
Lifecasting is usually limited to a section of the body at a time, but full-body lifecasts are achievable too. Compared with other three-dimensional representations of humans, the standout feature of lifecasts is their high level of realism and detail.
Lifecasting is considered a sculptural art by some, while others think it is more a technical skill and the work of artisans. In fact lifecasting has been called a three-dimensional type of photography.
Artistic choices begin with choice of model, of pose, and of area of the body shown.