Note: I recently created a new lion head pattern. The downloadable pattern is made with cardboard pieces taped together, plus one layer of paper mache and that lovely raffia mane (made with a cheap table skirt). It’s easy to make, but it looks fantastic. It’s become one of the most popular patterns on the site.
And now, back to the original post:
I’ve been working on a set of four large sculptures of lion cubs, and two of them are now finished. These two are playing with each other, in cat-like fashion.
These are quite large – the sitting lion cub is 15″ high, 22″Â long and 12″ wide. The upside-down cub is 14″ high, 26″ long and 12″ wide.
I wanted all the lions to be close to the same size and age, so I made a face with plasticine clay and created a urethane mold. I pressed a bit of the paper mache clay (recipe shown on a recent post ) into the mold so I would have four lion cubs from the same litter. Then each face was slightly modified after it was attached to its body.
The form for the bodies was made from wire, crumpled paper and masking tape, and covered with paper mache strips and paper clay.
The upside-down cub was a lot of fun to make, but she really needs one of her playmates nearby in order to see why she’s upside down. Here’s two photos the cubs alone:
These cubs were made specifically for the Bellingham art show I’ve been telling you about lately. I’m hoping that someone will purchase two of the cubs together so my little upside-down lion will have a permanent playmate. If not, she may be coming back home – which would be OK. If that happens, I’ll just make her someone to play with in my living room.
I’m still not sure how to price these guys. I’ve searched all over the web and I can’t find anything that’s really comparable. Any suggestions would be welcome. In a few days I’ll show you the other two cubs.