garden demon update

spent last week in sql server training – kind of hard to keep two totally opposing trains of thought in your head at the same time. headaches…..

played a bit more with the snail baby – started thinking about how the shell would look if it were made like ribcage – the spine either running down one side of the curve, or down the middle of the curve – with ribs curving out to make the dome of the shell.

snail baby garden demon in plastilina

snail baby garden demon in plastilina

snail baby garden demon in plastilina

how to do this?

having normal problems getting the things i see in my head out into 3d physical/realworld form….

Can see this etherial, eerie, skull-like vampire Princess of Amarna….. started working on the skull in premier, and the skull just doesn’t feel right. very frustrating…

So I thought I would start another skull, this one out of castilene, and see if it is a materials problem or if my brain has melted and drained out of my ear and i will never be able to sculpt again.

typical sculpting process – got sidetracked wondering what a newborn’s skull looks like, so of course i sculpted that instead of an adult woman’s – started laying a face in with chavant, and got sidetracked thinking about Buddhas. End up with a sort of infant buddha head staring at me ….

trying to figure out what to do with it, and decide a short, tubby baby merman seems reasonable and start to lay out an armature using a coil of aluminum wire. Look down, and there is a solemn snail baby peering up at me.

typical. start out aiming at the bust of an adult female and get sidetracked onto a infant garden demon.

So I’m actually rather liking the way he is looking, but noticing that the folk around me are much less enthused. which gets me thinking about how i see him in my head as opposed to how he actually looks. In my head, i see him moving towards me along a path in the shadows of a silent, overgrown garden — his skin is a pearly grey, warm and soft as a human baby’s — his shell is pale bone – like the skull of a hummingbird.

I know i can’t make him move – but how can I make the rest happen? I’m so much happier sculpting in the chavant – but what in the world do I do with it? and how can i make his shell? and the real question is probably —- do I spend months working on figuring these things out on a sculpt that maybe only i will like? or do i squish him down and start again.

and if he has no arms, do shoulderblades make any sense? does he have the kind of wavy margin to his foot that some snails have, or tiny baby toes? and just how far gone am i to be obsessing over something like this?

sigh.

chavant maquette of the infant garden demon

chavant maquette of the infant garden demon

now how in the world do you do the skin finishing? sphynx kitten

the whole building the skeleton/laying in the main masses thing made the basic body sculpting incredibly straightforward… I like how the kitten looks.

Unfortunately I really didn’t think enough about it as a sculpture in the round – and the back is boring. I’m going to have to try to think more about that for the next one. I also didn’t connect the armature to the stand so I could swing it up in the air and work on it upside down, and its hard to work on the feet without squishing other bits of the sculpt. (I also need to look at cat feet more – how many toes, and where they are on the front and the back feet)

but i’m totally wimping out trying to figure out how to texture/finish the skin. Sphynx kittens have lovely masses of wrinkles — i don’t know how to lay them in. i’m trying to work up my enthusiasm. Finding myself remembering a book I read to my kids when they were small – Catwings by Ursula LeGuin and thinking about bat-type wings for this guy…..

anyway – here are pics in the round for current status….
kitten in plastilina

kitten in plastilina

kitten in plastilina

kitten in plastilina

kitten in plastilina

kitten in plastilina

and here is the boring backside…

kitten in plastilina