Fresh Start 2
This is my second try at Fresh Start. This time I’ll be using a self dry clay. I did a lot of preparatory steps for this project. Hopefully they will help me gaining more skill.
I used some reference photos for the pose of the girl. From the photo I drew a quick sketch. Ok, I couldn’t resist and I messed around a bit with her face just for fun. I didn’t sketch a full figure for years, but it felt good.
Next I made an armature after a tutorial by I Sculpt (http://isculpt.org/index.php/all). Sorta. Because I simplified wherever it was possible. I Sculpt’s blog has a lot of useful information about sculpting. Thanks for the help with my first “real” armature.
Armature twisted into position more or less.
I’m adding the clay on. I love this type of clay, not too soft, not too firm, just the right consistency.
This is the stage where I usually want to give up.
Usually I’m not happy with the back, but this one is good so far. Photos do make it easier.
Tomorrow I’ll work on hands and feet, maybe the head. I’m not sure at this point whether to leave it as a sketch or finish it. This is an intermediate piece for the large piece on the drawing. Hopefully I won’t work it to death.
I finished one hand, but the other one dried on me. I gave the piece a good spraying, hopefully it will make it more workable. Tomorrow I’ll try and break off that piece and reattach a new one. Did not have time for toe detail either, it was getting too hard. Silly me I should have done one at a time. I worked on her face for a bit. I might add a base to it and paint her with some outrageous pattern. Obiously this air dry clay is not good for detail work. Although the whole piece is tiny.
Well, I haven’t given up yet…
Final version. I just remembered that this is my first full nude, so I shouldn’t be too hard on myself. Unfortunately I cut the wire too long on her feet, and it was sticking out when I wanted to remove clay. So her feet can’t be as detailed as the hands. Had a very hard time with her face, since she is so tiny. Ended up with closed eyes, as my tools aren’t small enough.