So I got it in my head a few years ago, that I wanted to sculpt. I am a freak for clay….. How it feels in my hands, the therapeutic properties of centering it. I have a pottery wheel. I’ve made Jewelry, bowls, shields and several things that qualify as art. So It seemed like a natural progression for me to sculpt. What ? might you ask. Well , a side note to this is that I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE DOLLS! I love all dolls but especially fantasy dolls….not the kind you might see on Hugh Hefner’s desk or as a hood ornament in a gay pride parade, but the kind of fantasy that makes little girls eyes light up and sy-fy freaks scream, ” DUDE!”
Fairies, Mythology, Aliens and legends. There are no limits to fantasy… because well.. its fantasy… you choose.
Guess what? This is way more complicated than I had anticipated.
It is a bit complex. There are a few basics you have to know, like how body parts are proportioned in relation to the head. etc. Armatures and wires and eyes and what kind of clays and whose method is the best and AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! As you can see my first attempt didn’t go so well so I tried again….
So it occurs to me that I might need a little instruction. A few pointers . A lot of practice. So I did that. I went back to a clay that I love ( polymer ) and decided that I could get a pretty good basic out of it. So Now I am working on a piece that I hope will become a fantasy piece.
Thought it might be fun to kinda watch the failure or success of this little venture so I will try to give you updates as I get them. Go Ahead.. Laugh. I don’t mind. Gotta find a little tickle in yourself some times especially when you are on a learning journey. I am determined to learn this no matter how many uglies I do.
So This piece is what I am working on right now. Excuse my workspace… I tend to make a mess when I create something.
SO far, I am calling her the Watcher… I can see a fairy emerging and old soul who’s warrior heart watches out for the younger.
I did not sculpt feet because I am going to put boots on her. This is the skeleton so to speak of my character….
Cant wait for my new camera to get here …. These pics are not so great.
So now I am working on her arms. One of her hands will hold a staff . I’ve remade them twice so far. Proportions… Think proportions.
OK … This is remarkably hideous… But I’m committed…
OK… Right now, This thing looks incredibly bad. I had to build up some places with more clay- shoulders etc. I broke it, tried to repair it, burned it and quit. This is the point where I want to just scrap the whole thing and start something new. But I am trying to learn to follow through, even when I think it cant be done. So I went ahead and painted the face and put on some tats…
Next I will be putting on hair and making the wings. Oh Yes and covering up the chest. I spent thirty minutes trying to explain to my son the difference between porn and art. But He’s 12 going on 13… It’s a chick with no shirt as far as he’s concerned.
OK – My family affectionately came up with a name for this thing-UGLY FAIRY WITH BOOB JOB.
It is ugly and I did give it boobs I wish I had… so Any way here is an update …
and I quit….. Ready for another challenge. I learned a lot from this exercise. I broke it, burned it, dropped it, repaired it, cussed it and covered it with fur. I have decided that I need to spend a little more time on anatomy before I attempt this again. Jack Johnson says you have to do this 20 times, 20 dolls before you get it. 19 to go I guess. I’ll try not to hurt your eyes with the ugly stuff anymore. But I might have to show my pretties.
OK The goal here 20 Sculpts. According to Jack Johnson, this should be progressive, so here goes