Long time no talky..........wassup with that???? Well, it seems the bad economy is finally really hitting the southwest, and I got news recently that my husband might be without a job soon. So, while scrambling to create more shadowboxes, sending out the ones that sold, working on the sculpt............blah, blah, blah, I got very behind in blogging. I hope you'll all forgive me. I've been trying to get around to see different friends, but it's been difficult. To have your future a question mark is needless to say, a little unsettling. We're in our 50's and I'm disabled, so prospects are a little dimmer. I'm not thinking negatively, just realistically, and I'm gonna' pray that everything works out, but prepare for the worst.........that's the way I roll folks. I'm on very strong narcotic drugs for my chronic pain issues, as well as other medicines, and without insurance I might have to seriously face withdrawing from the narcotics..........and frankly..........as I've gotten older............I'm more of a baby than I used to be! REALLY! I don't know if we'll be able to keep our lovely home either, as we've been struggling with payments since my husbands employer cut his pay back over 20% before Thanksgiving. Hey, I'm sure it will all work out fine...........I'm trying to not stress about it, too much.......what can you do anyway?
Anywho.....here's part two of my sculpting tutorial. I actually have realized that there might be more posts of the tutorial as I'm pretty anal and I'm trying to show as much as I can without actually filming my every move (hard to do when you're all alone). My apologies to Lynn Stevens my winner of the sculpt, as the recent events have pushed my progress back a bit.
|In the first part of the tutorial I mentioned letting|
the piece dry and crack.......well, here it is after
the first stage of drying and cracking.
My methods are not exactly the same as other sculptors that create their pieces from their imagination. When I'm copying an image, there's a lot more manipulation, or adding and subtracting clay as I'm trying to match the image proportionately. When creating a piece from your imagination, you tend to be a little more relaxed and liberal with your sculpting...........hence the imagination part. I will never profess that my pieces are exact copies or replicas of the chosen image, as I'm not perfect. However, working from a one dimensional image and coming up with a three dimensional piece still uses a lot of knowledge of shape, volume and a some imagination.
|At this stage, I thought my sculpts cheeks were too small. I had|
also started a base to build up a hat on.
|In building up the hat, I'm able to get it more proportionate to|
the scale of the piece.
|I've added more clay to the cheeks, head and|
hat. I will still have to refine it further to replicate
the look of the image.
Hey I did say I was anal!!!!!!! The majority of my time is spent at this stage, adding and subtracting clay to get the proper shape. I will then let it dry and crack one more time, and then proceed to final refinement. Final refinement will be using my Xacto knife and carving back where I feel the shape needs to be more defined. In the next tutorial I will show you the carving stage, and most likely the finishing portion, as well.
Till next time.........
Have a great week.