worth developing?

have had a few weeks of family emergencies – so feel a little disconnected from everything. have had lots of time inside my head while sitting in hospital waiting rooms (my father-in-law is doing much better now) and got to thinking about how to recreate in clay some of the sketchier ideas that i see in my mind’s eye. started a quick beginning of one idea – and was wondering about continuing. this might be better done in a really hard clay, because the effect needs really precise lines I think. also having problems seeing. hate when that happens, end up taking my glasses off and peering blindly at the piece from an inch or two out. then i lose sight of the overall piece. so i hate the mouth, the eyes are too close together and the ears are dumbo like. but its just a rough draft/proof of concept thing so, get over it Pat!

if i continue with him, he would probably have just a portion of his torso, with one arm perhaps reaching towards the viewer…. wonder if it could be done in the Premier paperclay….but in my mind’s eye its dark. huh! maybe this could be the grey firm supersculpy……

rough sculpt of textured head

rough sculpt of textured head

rough sculpt of textured head

5 thoughts on “worth developing?

  1. Good to hear that your father in law is doing better. I really like this concept and look forward to the progression of his piece. I always have trouble getting what I see in my mind to happen in the clay.

  2. Pat this is very very intriguing. Spectrum intriguing. Can’t wait to see where you go with it. Remember that you can customize the color super sculpey/firm by blending it with premo. I’ve done it with super sculpey/premo and it results in a very workable clay. I haven’t done a project that requires pre-baking of tiny elements (like those spikey bits in your sketch) but I have had to carve a bit on the baked clay and it’s way less brittle than sculpey alone.

  3. hey Lori and Pam, thank you both for the encouragement. I realized that the pictures are much larger than life-sized, so that makes it look less good.

    Lori – that is my problem too, in my mindseye i see strange distressed, hazy images and i haven’t tried to make the sculpts really look like that before. so this should be useful in the longrun.

    Pam – do you have any problems mixing the premo in? I know Forest grinds hers in a blender and then runs it all thru the pasta machine a few times before starting to knead it – but i haven’t tried it that much. I like the grey firm sculpy as it is in part because it turns this very cool distressed rusty grey color if you bake it too many times.

    i bought a bunch a few years ago and then changed back to using premier only. i’ll have to see if I can find it all…

  4. re: mixing in the premo.
    Not problems but it is time consuming. I don’t have a food processor or blender so what I do is pull the entire box amount of super sculpey out as a block and using a long thin polymer clay blade cut it crosswise into 1/8″ strips, ditto for the premo except I try to get the slices as thin as I can manage. Then I use my pasta machine to condition and blend the two together. I’ve had pretty good luck estimating the ratio of premo to sculpey to keep the color consistent thru-out the batch. I do eventually blend the smaller pieces together and end up with a very full box of the new mix. I’ve also done this blending in business to soften up older clay by mixing in a spanky new squishy block of premo or in extreme cases blending in liquid sculpey to replace the plasticiser (messy but it works).

    I usually drag the pasta machine down to the living room and watch TV or a movie while I do this; it takes me about 1-1/2 to 2 hours to process a whole 1 lb box.

    ps: I like the abstracted, illustrated style of this piece; the non-realism really gets across the emotion of it. The distressed rusty grey color sounds perfect.

  5. Actually, your ears aren’t dumbo like at all. In fact, they’re just about in perfect proportion. The top part where the ear connects to the head is supposed to be at the same level as the outer corner of the eye. The bottom part of the ear that connects to the head is supposed to be at the same level as the outer corner of the lips. And the sculpture does both

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