thnx a lot for the link!!!i decided to use mostly clays on my mermaid project..i want to minimize the "fantasy" on it..and dont want mymermaid to look like the rest of mermaid dolls on the net..that really is a challenge..i have another problem..recently i added some patch of clay on already baked clay and it turned out looking different..i mean the color..and it really ruined the part..tragically it's on her torso..is there anything i can do??
The clay gets darker and yellower each time you cure it. best thing to do is under cure it the first time. Not cure it as hot or as long and add your second bit of clay. Then when your finished, do the final full cure time. Also it helps when baking to cover parts with foil to keep them from darkening as much. If you do this you have to be careful of course. if you have a light patch you can use a heat gun and a mask/stencil to apply heat only to the whiter clay. Or you can disguise it with paint.
Knowing when to stop is very important - so many artists just keep going and going (in accordance with some kind of 'more is better' philosophy, I think) As a result the impact of the piece can be totally lost in blingy accretions - dollmakers in particular can be very guilty of this. Those that rise above the pack - like you - never seem to succumb to this - understated can be way more powerful than over-the -top!
Well dont get me wrong I am into heavy victorian ornamentation,but only where it has meaning for the whole peice. The expression and body language is more the focus than what is put on it. In her case being a queen I wanted more beaded ice fringe, but I ran out so that decided for me. Im not fond of alot of craft store bling though. I want my sculpting to be the atraction not whats stuck on it.
My point exactly! You have an innate sense of what is right/enough/appropriate for a piece - lots of dollmakers seem to lack this sense, but it really is only a personal preference thing - I just don't go for all that stuck on meaningless bling: I suppose there are plenty of people who do, however. To each his own......................
Well thank you very much. I value your opinion! Alot of it is to taste. Some artists can handle alot of ornamentation gracefuly. I think its more in if they are truely thinking or simply add willy nilly out of like you said a sence of more is more or just want to cover up poor sculpting.
Well I dont clock myself. It took all of July,but much of that was ordering supplies and waiting for them to arrive. Id say about 2 weeks maybe 2 and a half including weekends. I had 2 days of sanding to get her smooth up to 1,000 grit,because it was so hot my clay would melt.
The fabric I ordered was the wrong stuff. delay on the clothing. I spent most of that time finishing up the throne. About 8 hours beading the hem. her crown I made twice. I hated the first one. Im also working on a fairy along side her. half done right now.
Actually Ive been meaning to streamline production a bit. I just recently settled on a the size I like ..which helps. I can sculpt a head in an hour ,but Im so particular I fiddle with it for a long time to get it just so. The steps are wire armature, bulk out armature and cure, condition and custom mix clay color, make eyes,add on clay ,smooth, multiple cure, sand, paint , cure paint, make wings, props,find base and sew clothing if any, glue hair in layers add eyelashes and brows last. part of the time is also figure out what you want to do as far as pose and concept etc.
Hey thanks. I tried to convey that she was reserved,distant possibly a bit cruel,but her hand to her temple sugests that she wearies of that role.. I thought that very thin face and structure would look icelike and frail. I had a littel trouble with that neck. It kept sliding down the armature and Id have a long graceful neck and it would slowly strink to a stumpy one! Thanks for faving