That was fast!
After I uploaded the last video this afternoon, I started adding WED clay to my new Boer goat ‘skull.’ Less than an hour later the sculpture looked like a goat, and the skull shape underneath did almost all the sculpting for me. She even seems to have a personality, which the foil armature never did.
I’m so glad I gave up on the foil armature and started over. This one is so much easier for me to connect with, and I’m very happy with the way it’s going.
Now I’ll go back and actually look at photos of my model to see where I need to make changes. Up to this point I was just using the skull to find the shapes. I was amazed by how fast it allowed me to work, and how much confidence it gave me. If I do any more large animal portraits like this, I’ll be making a skull first.
In fact, now I wish I had a whole studio filled with simple skull forms like the one I made today. You don’t need all the details, just the major shapes. It would be easier to make one, and it would certainly be more accurate, if you have a real skull to look at instead of just photos.
As I mention in the video, In the next few weeks I’ll be making a skull-shaped form based on the resin human skull I have. I’ve used the resin model for a lot of faces, but I want a form that’s simpler, without the large holes around the jaw that always need to be filled in before I can get started on my sculpt. I’ve intended to do some character sculptures for a long time now, and this is the year that I’m really going to do them. Be sure to remind me, if I forget!
Let me know what you think of this sculpt so far. Have you made skull forms for your animal portraits? If you have, did you like it? And if you haven’t, does it look like something you’d like to try?