Sunday, March 18, 2018

Gotta Hand it to Her

Life has a way of steering you away from the things you love to do sometimes, but eventually when the time is right, you always find your way back.  So with great beaming pleasure, I present my newest major "playing with dolls" episode.  And my fingers are tingling.

I have no clue who this is as of now, but I still like this doll.  She / he/ started talking to me a little :-)

I guess the first thing I want to talk about is the hands.  They are sanded down and ready to go.  I think they're simple and sweet-looking.  

I should have made some photos as I was making the hands but I didn't think about it at the time.  What I do want to say after-the-fact is that I didn't really enjoy the "hand making process" very much because there were no wires in the fingers.  This made it harder, and a bit frustrating.  Rather than building the fingers on an armature, I took a shortcut.  I just made these little "worms" and blended them together to form a hand.   

The result:  It was a little difficult to control the pose that way and the hands came out sort of "arbitrary."  In other words, I'm not quite sure what this pose is.... but I do still want to play.
Next time, I won't take such "shortcuts."  I will try to make more realistic hands using a proper tape and wire armature.  (Photo tutorials to come in the future!)
In the meantime, I am happy with these hands and I'm sure they will be just fine.

Here is a closeup of the head.  It was built on a styrofoam egg.   The egg is considered an "armature," meaning it serves as a foundation on which to add clay and form the features of the face.  You wouldn't be able to take a lump of clay and start sculpting, because the weight would begin distorting the face as you sculpt.  

In any case, that being said, I honestly can't tell what this face is.  I'm not one of those incredibly talented sculptors who can make a face that resembles a photo.  I just go with the flow and enjoy the process!  I'm happy with the way this is turning out, even though it's totally random.  I think it's a She, but I am not sure what she is.  A lady?  A Fairy?  Maybe she drives a Bus?.  I just can't tell.  And right now it doesn't matter.  I'll bring it to life later when I paint her.   I can't wait to post photos of that! :-)

This ear looks more like a little bean or a potato.  But it's perfectly cute!

Yes, they are chicken legs. With curvy little footsies.  And they make me happy!
I am not sculpting the legs more elaborately because I intend to "dress them" with fabric.  I don't know what I want to do with the shoes at this point.  Should I paint "shoes" or make some leather - like shoes?  Maybe I should just make some kind of socks out of knitted fabric?  I don't want to decide now.  Sometimes I like not knowing what I'm doing.  I like allowing myself to come back to it later.

Well, that's that for now.  Toodeloo and more to come!

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