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Starting the Blue Footed Booby Sculpture…
In this video you can see how I’m using a simple inner pattern to create the basic shapes of the Blue-Footed Booby. Then I filled out her rounded forms with crumpled paper and some foil, and I added a ‘sling’ to help her stand on two feet. I’ll finish her in the next video.
- Click here to see the booby’s new mate, and how the boobies were sculpted with air dry clay.
- Click here to see how the boobies were painted.
A bird sculpture can be challenging because there’s a lot of mass balancing on two small feet. Sometimes it’s possible to use the tail as an extra ‘leg,’ which turns the base into a very solid tripod.
But I decided that I’ll eventually have two boobies courting each other, with the dancing booby firmly attached to a base. In my search for photos, all courting boobies have their tails pointing straight up, whether they’re the dancing partner or not. (Yes, both sexes show off their pretty blue feet in a dance.)
With the tail straight up, the two feet have to balance the bird, and that’s going to be possible because of the sling-thingy that I made for the feet.
And yes, I did say in a previous post that I would try to make a dancing booby that didn’t need a base, but that turned out to be a silly idea. I have those sometimes… 🙂
Links to stuff I mentioned in the video:
- How to make the paper mache feathers.
- The Silky-Smooth Air Dry Clay recipe.
- How to make your own pattern.
- Click here to download my free booby pattern.
Be sure to watch for the next post, when the booby will get her feathers and air dry clay. I’ll also sculpt her beak with some Magic Sculpt that I happen to have on hand.
Their beaks have a lot of unusual details, and the eyes seem to be part of the beak ‘structure.’ Be sure to look up photos of blue-footed boobies and use them for your model when you sculpt your own booby’s beak.