16 thoughts on “Fox”

  1. Rex what the perfect expression on this foxes face! Great job!! The look of the fur and the tremendous amount of work you put into the paws really pushes it to a whole new level. Well done!!

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  2. What a lovely fox, Rex. I wouldn’t have thought about doing the detailed paws on a standing figure. They are marvellous. I have foxes in my garden most nights and you have captured their delicate feet beautifully. Fabulous colours too. Again, such character conveyed in the pose and facial expression.

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    • Thanks, Sarah. I’m jealous you get to see them often. I’ve only seen one here, and that was exciting. I might need Michael here to protect them!

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  3. I love your fox! (And your silly bird!) I would like to see the fox’s paws, too, please? The fur texture and the paint job are fabulous.

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  4. I love the texture of the fur and those claws…
    Really a fantastic fox!
    (oooh…memories now of Roald Dahl’s story by similar name!)

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    • Thanks, Lisa. I’m mostly illiterate with modern children’s books, but I remembered one of a Giant Peach! You might be interested to know that this fox comes from “The Little Prince.” (You can’t beat that one.)

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  5. What a nice fox, Rex! I love the typical fox-red color on him, and the eyes are just perfect. It also made me smile how the bird looks up to the fox 🙂

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  6. Well Rex, another triumph! The colors are spot on and in general, the painting is fabulous. Did you do the eyes as well or are they taxidermy eyes? Whichever, they look great! Beautiful sculpture!

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    • Thanks, Eileen. The eyes are paper mache clay! The base of Raw Sienna was perfect. The belly is a lot of that lighter color, and it worked well. Thank you.

      (I looked for your fox and couldn’t find it. Did you post it here?)

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  7. This whole project has been new for me since the beginning. After listening to your videos for almost a decade, I finally “heard” that a head is mostly square and there is an eyebrow bone (even the rooster has one!). Foxy began with a square head, and the eyes moved forward! The fur wasn’t as painful to paint as I imagined. I used Eileen’s idea for Raw Sienna as a first coat, and then a fellow artist showed me a “fox-red” color mixed from Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine Blue, and Lemon Yellow. I loved the color.

    I spent days on the paws, most of it drying time. I made 16 pads (being careful not to mix them up!) and put them on Saran Wrap to dry. I rolled the toenails from air-dry clay in my hands and bent them. When dry, I got out Teca’s (my dog) dremel tool sander that I use to “cut” her nails and sanded each toenail. Some were a little long and I broke or sanded them down. The next day I added clay between the pads and the foot (thin because I needed to insert the nails). When that was dry, I added more clay a small bit at a time, inserting the nail into the clay, and making the paw.

    Now that I’ve said all that, I looked at the photo and you can’t see the paws! (I will send one to your email. I didn’t think about it too much until the owner wrote me yesterday saying how she loved the paws.)

    Thanks for all your inspiration, Jonni,

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    • Rex, I never would have thought to mix those colors for a fox’s fur. Now I’ll have to make something with red fur just so I can try it. And thank you so much for sharing your process for making those paws!

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  8. He’s perfect, Rex. What a wonderful expression. And those eyes! Fabulous. I can see why Silly Bird is in love with him. 🙂

    Can you tell us how you made those sharp toenails?

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