Sunday, March 18, 2012

Second clay layer complete!

I've now got the second layer of Super Sculpey complete, and I've bulked it out a bit in the right places. There are some slight imperfections- well, not really 'slight'. Yes, my Absolem does have ten legs, but they don't quite match up perfectly. I think one is there just for support. But it doesn't matter, it's Alice in Wonderland, nothing has to make sense. He'll look fine in the end. Also, the whole construction is a little off. A real caterpillar wouldn't look like that. But I'll just keep saying it- it doesn't HAVE to make sense. It's Alice in Wonderland. Nothing ever really does, which it how I like it. Unless you look for it.

But now for the exciting part. Next, I finally get to start adding the color clay, which is really exciting and stressful, because here, I can't afford to mess up. This will be it. How it will look to everyone. No mistakes! It must be perfect, or as close as I can get! I'm gonna start with the legs, then cover the back, and work my way up, doing his head last, the most important. Then I will start on the hookah, which should be a lot easier. Wish me luck!

First big sculpture!

I'm pretty excited about this new project I'm working on. I know it's been a while since I've posted, and I do have pictures and things, so I'll try to keep this up. I had the idea recently that I would try a larger sculpture, outside my range of miniatures. I was inspired by a YouTube sculptor, TheBroodingTom (, who frequently does this sort of thing.

Anyway, I'm sure you would like to know what I'm doing. I'm trying to sculpt Absolem, the blue caterpillar from Alice in Wonderland, one of the greatest book/movie series' of all time, in my opinion. I'm going to do him and his hookah, sitting on a 'mushroom,' which is really a wooden base I bought at Michaels. I'm gonna make him & his hookah out of clay and the tube for the hookah will be the sort of thin pipe you find on fish filters (I think they sell those separate at PetsMart) and I'll probably order his monocle online. I want it to be as accurate as possible.

I've so far gotten the armature done, all completely from scratch. I attached the wire to the base (which I painted white) with short screws, positioned it, and filled it out using LOTS and LOTS of foil. I then covered it with tape. After this, I will cover it with Super Sculpey, two layers, before beginning the real color clay. It doesn't look like much now, but it's only the armature, after all. It must be done before the real stuff starts.
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