My first project for the new year is an animal portrait, a Boer Goat sculpture. The Winterset Ranch website has a lot of excellent photos of these beautiful animals, which really show off all the different color patterns of Boer goats.
I usually send a donation to the Heifer Foundation at the end of each year, but it didn’t happen this year. I’m hoping that I can sell this goat sculpture and make them just a little more money than I can usually afford to send them. They give farm animals and training to families for whom just one goat or a small clutch of chickens can make all the difference between poverty and hope. Be sure to check out their website at https://www.heifer.org/
I have a lot of different projects planned for the next few months, and this is the one I wanted to do first. The goats on the Heifer site are not Boer goats, which have a different shape to their faces, but I saw the photos of these goats and fell in love. I thought about asking you all to go to their website and pick out your favorite animal, and I’d sculpt the critter that got the most votes. I decided against it, just because I wanted to get started right away (and because you might have chosen an animal with horns that would be hard to ship. 🙂 ).
To understand the underlying shapes, I looked at Nubian goats, which have more clearly defined shapes on their faces, and then looked at Boer goats to find the right profile for my pattern. I also looked at goat skulls on Google. I may need to make some slight alterations to the pattern’s profile as I sculpt, because I may have made the top line of the muzzle too straight. That’s an easy thing to change as I work.
The hardest part will be getting my goat sculpture to stand up. The plaster in the base of my Giraffe makes it stand politely on the shelf, but the goat’s lower edge will be much narrower than the bottom of my giraffe’s neck. If the plaster that I add is not enough to keep her from falling on her nose, I may need to make a stand for her. Any suggestions are more than welcome.
Click here to see how I made the giraffe, and how the plaster was added to the lower portion of the neck. I would do things a bit differently now, but it worked.
Stay tuned for the rest of my Boer Goat portrait project. In the next few weeks I also plan to discuss the DIY “instant paper mache” that I used to make the hippo and cougar on the wall behind me in the video, I hope to do some character sculptures with the help of my resin skull, and I think I’ll add some wings to the half-finished unicorn armature that I used in one of my last videos and turn it into Pegasus. No horn – just wings. So – stay tuned for those upcoming videos, too.