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

4 thoughts on “now how in the world do you do the skin finishing? sphynx kitten

  1. hey Nikki!

    oh boy – have I got questions for you! I’m going to email you – i’ve never touched a sphynx, and I’m trying to imagine what the folds feel like – are they like thick fabric folded over, or is there a little more substance to the fold? I’m trying to figure out for laying in all the skin folds – also trying to understand the layout of the folds in relationship to joints and such…. Thank you so much for your kind comment! I love cats, but am currently owned by a rather portly shorthair who was an inspiration for the garden demon….

  2. You sphinx is lovely. You have the paws just right. They have very long toes (that they use to steal food off your fork) My 3 have folds under the belly and towards their rear. Also around their neck area. The folds are smallish – my granddaughter thought they were “cuts” in their skin. The skin has a peach-skin feel.

  3. For the fur texture, I’d suggest taking a patch of faux rabbit fur and gently pressing it, that is, if you want it to look like a cat with fur. However, I have no clue how to help you with a hairless cat’s fur texture. Maybe the illusion of a lot of wrinkles in the skin folds may help?

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