Wednesday, September 27, 2006

So far, so good...

This is where I am so far in my attempt to create a finished figure from one of my head sculpts. I'm practicing on this guy because he is good enough to finish, but not my best piece so I won't be too discouraged if he isn't totally remarkable. I aim high. (grin)

I'm not at all happy with his hands. I forsee more sculpting practice in my future. Not a problem -- I adore getting my hands into the clay!

I am VERY happy though with his boots. They almost look real up close. I sculpted them in brown, painted them black, then sanded them lightly to make them look like worn leather boots.

The next step will be some needle sculpting on the body to give him a little more shape, and then I can begin his costume. Right now I am thinking I want him to be a Father Christmas type figure. I already have some lovely brown-ish velvet that will be perfect for a robe or cloak.

Just for fun I'm putting up this photo I snapped of the very first head I ever sculpted. Isn't it so awful it's funny?! I know most faces are slightly asymmetrical, but I don't think there is a single feature that even begins to resemble its counterpart...

At least I learned that I hate paperclay, and have never forced myself to endure touching it again.

The last shot for today is the necklace I promised in the last post. This is Eni Oken's "Chaos" pattern, done with blue and pink peruvian opals and sterling silver. The charm on the center stone is the chinese character for "Happiness". I have some small drops I am considering attaching as dangles as well, but I haven't decided yet. As much as I adore fringy stuff, I am liking this one just as it is too.


Kai said...

Oh my goodness, Judi! First things first: That necklace is positively delicious! I'm serious! Everything ABOUT it is perfect! How do you DO these pieces? And your sculpt-turned-figure is wonderful! You are improving every single time I see your work! Those boots are amazing! I would never have known they were clay! Bowing, bowing, bowing to you, my sweet lil' friend!

Judi said...

Wow - that necklace is phenomenal! Absolutely gorgeous. Are these for a bazaar? I want to go to it to buy one!!!!!!

Linda said...

OMG! I love your sculpted head on the body- nice work! I can't wait to see him finished.
Linda F from FL

Linda said...

The guy is great...but the necklace is awesome.
Auntie Linda

Anonymous said...

I am not a jewlery person but your necklace is gorgeous!
I love the man sculpt, fabulous! You are really doing great with sculpting!