Sunday, November 27, 2011
Little Uncle Earl and Big Uncle Earl (under construction) are seen side-by-side. I worked on Big Uncle Earl's jaw, wrinkles below the eyes and neck wrinkles. Little Uncle Earl is almost ready for his headstick and body.
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Full-size Uncle Earl made a step forward today. I temporarily mounted the jaw with axle inside the head so the jaw swings freely. Then I sculpted a countoured lower lip with Paper Clay.
I'll let this dry before I move to the next task. (See previous post referring to "head-donking").
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Grisly as this may look, this photo actually represents an epiphany. Well... maybe a donk on the head for being impatient.
I'm fitting the jaw for my full-size Uncle Earl. I made axle slots in the head to mount the jaw armature. The slots (made of Magic-Sculpt) were placed so the jaw swung freely in the head and opened at it's widest possible point. From there(thinking the Magic-Sculpt would stay somewhat secure... and this is where I shoulda been donked), I proceeded to sculpt and contour with Paper Clay atop the jaw armature (pictured). Of course, the constant movement of the slots caused my lengthy jaw-sculpting a total waste of time. But in the process... the jaw sculpting was enlightening and fun (kinda like a kindergartner with Play Dough). But I realized I should sculpt the jaw in steps.
First, let the slots dry completely. (Duh!)
Step one is to sculpt the bottom lip so that it contours with Uncle Earl's top lip. Let it dry. Step two is sculpt the front part of the jaw down to the chin. Let it dry, too. Next comes the bottom of the jaw where it meets the neck. You guessed it... wait 'til it dries. After that, layer the jaw's interior with a nice smooth surface. Let 'er dry. Next-to-last step, add a tongue. (No teeth. Uncle Earl eats lots of Jello).
Let it all dry.
Final step: Sand to taste.
Sunday, November 20, 2011
This bright-eyed redhead hits the Ebay auction block this evening. Hopefully Santa (or one of Santa's Helpers) will snap him up. He should fit really well under someone's tree.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Friday, November 11, 2011
I hope you're not tiring of the subject matter. But here's the latest photo of my full-size Uncle Earl. I added bags under his eyes and a turkey neck.
The thing I discovered is that when I put in wrinkle lines, as in the eye bags, it's okay to make them rather rough. The trick is to go back, remove the "flakes" of Paper Clay, then add another thin layer of Paper Clay over the rough wrinkle lines. The additional clay forms smoother, cleaner-looking wrinkle lines. That's the next step after the bags dry.
Wednesday, November 09, 2011
My two projects continue to make progress. The Asian character on the right has been painted with two coats of primer. I will sand it again after the second coat completely dries. Then he may be ready to ship to Braylu Creations to have his mold made. Uncle Earl on the left got a wrinkled forehead today. Nerxt comes bags under his eyes.