Even between the 2 fairies pictured above, sculpted about a year apart from each other, there are significant differences. It's the minor details really, that come from practice, practice, practice.
And so I set out to practice. I hope to sculpt a number of fairy babies, and post my progress here, in the hopes that you, the reader, will be generous with your comments and critiques, so that I can hone and improve my skill.
July Fairy BabyI set about this sculpture without a real vision or plan. My only goal for this baby is to improve my fairy baby sculpting skills. Particularly the facial details and feature placement
(notice the above fairy baby has a very small forehead)
My only 'planning' step was finding a baby reference model from Magic Sculpture I may follow the model loosely, but it does give a basic idea for baby feature placement
Sculpting the Face - Part 1I created a very basic wire armature covered in foil
I sculpted the face using a new method of adding on small bits of clay to build up the features. Perhaps I mixed a bit too much liquid sculpey into my clay giving me somewhat of a sticky soft mixture. The effects were two-fold. On the one hand, the soft clay is very easy to disfigure, and a slight touch leaves a huge fingerprint indentation.
On the other hand, I love how easy the soft clay manipulates. I can build up and move around features with a few simple tool strokes.
I spent alot of time, perhaps too much, building and placing the features
I got so carried away, I forgot to look at the time, and nearly forgot to prepare for my students arrival (My alter-ego Leah4sci does in-home Private Education)
I normally rest half-finished sculptures on my sculpting glass, however I was afraid the soft clay would flatten my half-finished head. Instead I stood it up with forceps and covered with saran wrap.