In this video I show you how I built this character by placing plaster cloth over a clay sculpture.
Then I added Magic Sculpt, an epoxy clay product that gives you plenty of working time. This is an experiment I’ve wanted to do for almost a year, but other projects kept getting in the way.
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My character started out as a mask, until I realized that you’d need to be cross-eyed to see out of it. I hope to finish it someday. But first, I want to play around with a product I ordered that might help me make permanent outdoor sculptures. For the results of those experiments, stay tuned. 🙂
Items mentioned in the video:
My mask book: http://amzn.to/2d5CLUo
Magic Sculpt: http://amzn.to/2cjhIvW
Plaster Cloth: http://amzn.to/2d3xPMY
Stan Winston School of Character Arts: https://goo.gl/BQyeub
Latex gloves that actually fit: http://amzn.to/2cEy6o5
Be sure to watch the video at the Stan Winston site, if you can. I think they’ll let you sign up for a short free trial to their website. (I wish I could watch all their videos, but my budget won’t stretch that far …)
As I mentioned in my video, after I finish the Magic Sculpt portion of my character, I’ll get a can of spray primer and give it one or two coats. Then I’ll use acrylic paints to finish him, using the colors from one of the horned toads. The colors are soft and subtle, but I think they would work well for this crazy character.
I started this project thinking I’d make a dragon, perhaps a soft and friendly one like the characters in the How to Tame Your Dragon movie. Then I started wondering why the main dragon’s eyeballs are so far forward – it seemed like a strange design. Then I remembered that I’d seen someone who looked rather like that dragon – and I did a search for horned toads. They don’t put their eyes quite so far forward as the movie dragon, but there is a slight family resemblance. Then, of course, I started playing around with the shapes, giving my character an underbite and mutton chops, and those curvy horns.
The fun part, though, was seeing what the Magic Sculpt would do. If you make anything with it, I hope you’ll come back and show us how your sculpture turned out.