I have a confession to make. Despite a promise to myself to work less and sculpt more, I found myself working too hard the past few weeks. And wouldn’t you know it, I got sick. I guess a simple cold is better than something long-term, especially since it served as a reminder to me. Work less, relax and sculpt more.
This cold delayed my newest project which is a series I designed to help me improve my baby sculpting skills.
One issue I faced was trying to take on too much at once. Learn to sculpt a face and body and hands and feet and… it was overwhelming.
As a science teacher I advise my students to identify 1 area of weakness and work on it. Once confident move on to the next and the next.
This helps them master a bigger goal without getting overwhelmed in the process.
So I chose to start with the face.
Analyze and get feedback
get more feedback…
But the baby face collection is growing and they look sad if not turned into projects.
After much debate I came up with an idea that lets me create just a face and still finish the project.
Once I’m confident with faces I’ll add a chest.
Maybe even a hand or two.
Wrap em up!
I thought of blankets and cocoons, but settled on flower buds.
I mean, where else would you set a fairy baby to nap?
Here’s the first in the series, the rosebud baby. This post is a quick overview as I work on my process. Once I have it down I’ll do a more detailed tutorial if requested.
I started with a quick reference sketch for a human proportion baby – 4 heads tall.
I created a simple foil and wire armature and covered with a mix of super sculpey and premo sculpey.
Facial details and blush was painted using a mix of genesis heat-set oil paint thinned with liquid sculpey.
While it’s recommended to paint a baked face, I chose to paint this one raw.
Once I set to work on my painting skills I’ll attempt the layers method.
Here she is. MY best baby face to date. Not perfect but I love her!
Her body was shaped using aluminium foil squished into a pod shape and covered with scrap polymer clay
Skinner Blend Petals
The skinner blend sits on a list of techniques I fear. But like mokume gane I set out to conquer it
The rosebud petals were created with a skinner blend of red and blush premo sculpey polymer clay.
Definitely need to keep working on this technique.
Starting at the head I added overlapping petals all the way down her body.
The bottom portion (sepal?) and leaves was made from green polymer clay.
Her head is a bit 2-dimensional, definitely need to analyze the sides as I sculpt the next one. I also need to work on the eyes to make them look more realistic, even while closed. And finally, I like my fairies with big heads, so for the next one I’ll attempt a 3-heads-tall baby instead of 4. I would love additional feedback/critiques in the comments below.
My Question for You
What do I do with her? and her future fellows?
Add wire and turn into an ornament? A sculpture laying down?
I’d love to hear your ideas in the comment section below.