The first step is a photo shoot to get the right gesture or pose. This includes all of the actual clothing and embellishments that will be included in the bronze, as can be seen with the pioneer boy model here:
The next step (below) is showing the client what that pose will potentially look like, after being cast in bronze, via photoshop manipulation and then considering a base that will best emphasize the concept of the piece and it's sculptural form,:
The next step (shown below) is to scupt the clay miniature, in gestural form, on it's base:
The final step (shown below), before the piece is cast in bronze: it is modeled in clay, full size, after the client's approval of the clay miniature.