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My mixed media sculpture of a Shih Tzu wearing a winter outfit from Downton Abbey is done…
I learned a lot with this project, and I really like the way the ruffles on the blouse and the fur on the ears turned out.
But for the rest of it...
OK, I’m really not excited about it — but it was still a fun project and I learned a lot. For instance, I don’t usually spend much time sculpting the fur on my critters, but Peppy’s ears really have me excited about doing it on my next projects.
I’m also watching some videos for painting fur on the StudioWildlife YouTube channel. I’ve learned some techniques that I will definitely be using on my next sculpture, even though I don’t think I’ll finish painting this one.
To see the previous post that shows how the basic shapes on Peppy were built, click here.
Now I’m going to interrupt this post to brag a little ... ?
My daughter, Jessie Rasche, was featured in this month’s Southwest Art Magazine. Congratulations, Jessie!
And now, back to Peppy.
If you’re interested in the string idea that worked very well for the horse’s mane, (but not for Peppy’s long silky hair), watch this video.
And to see that book I used to help me sculpt the fur on Peppy’s ear, click here. (Yikes – It wasn’t that expensive when I bought it 15 years ago!)
Of course, the real master at sculpting paper mache animals wearing people clothes is Mélanie Bourlon. You can see her sculptures here.
One thing I noticed a few minutes ago when I looked at Mélanies website is that her sculptures have a much longer torso, so they aren’t unbalanced the way Peppy’s sculpture is. I’ll try to remember that I ever do something like this again. Not that I’d want to copy her work, of course, but there’s no harm in learning from people who know what they’re doing. ?
🙂 Have you sculpted an animal dressed in human clothes?
If you have, we’d love to see it. You can show it off on the Daily Sculptors page.