Made by Margarethe Brummermann
My first Paper mache sculpture, just about life-size. When it was in the armature stage, my gallery asked for ornaments, so I interrupted to make 20 hummingbirds. So by now the cat finished as number 21, I guess. I started with a card board cut-out following some photos I took in our nature preserve here in Tucson. But I quickly abandoned the restraints because free-shaping seemed more fun (maybe I shouldn’t have, it would look less goofy). I do not like aluminum foil, so I used newspaper held together in plastic bags for the armature. Plus string and thread. I covered it with 2 layers of newspaper strips ans then a layer of paper mache clay prepared by weight. That worked beautifully to add texture. I prepared the recopy twice and thus had enough for 20 hummingbirds and the cat. The eyes are glass cabochons that I reverse painted. It’s a technique used in taxidermy, but I painted the eyes very simplistically to keep the folk-artsy style. As for the local critics: one of my dogs hated it so much that I had to ban him from the studio (our patio) after I put the ears on. The Heeler Kira is guarding it like it’s a young animal of the heard.
7 thoughts on “Bobby Cat”
Bobby is really well done. His posture and fur look so real. Love his eyes! You did a great job. Keep up the good work. We are all enjoying it.
Beautiful work, just gorgeous
Very beautiful and realistic. You definitely have art in your veins.
You are good really fast. Wonderful Bobby.
I love him! He looks like a young and playful cat – adorable. I agree with Eileen, the fur textures, on his face especially, are very well done.
It is hard to believe this is your first sculpture in paper mache! You did a beautiful job, I love the stance and the fur textures. Well done!
Thank you! I am a watercolor painter and I have sculpted in other media since childhood. But I am falling in love with Paper mache – it’s affordable and light enough for big seizes and needs no kiln.