Day 22. We’re All Mad Here

This is one of my favorite bits from Alice in Wonderland – based off the original Tenniel illustration. When Alice meets the Cheshire cat.

“It looked goodnatured, she thought: still it had very long claws and a great many teeth, so she felt it ought to be treated with respect.”

I’d sculpted the cat’s face and front paws as a pin quite awhile ago, so I re-used that part. I sculpted Alice and the tree, and added a few fading strips and the Cheshire cat’s tail. The text is a toner transfer on to translucent clay – you’re looking through a thin layer of polymer to read it.

This is the stage where I baked it. All this color is from the pan pastels.

Here’s the final version. I was happy with most of it, but I wanted to add a little more depth to the tree, and details to the cat. I came in with acrylic paint and a tiny tiny brush to highlight teeth and claws, and repainted the eyes. I also used some lavender to tone down the colors of the cat a bit…

I think this is one I’m going to revisit – try a couple more color variations and ways of including transfers with sculpture.

Posted by Skygrazer

Polymer clay addict and artist. Also fascinated by kaleidoscopes.

1 comment

Debbie Goodrow

Another good one! LOVE her hair, and that tree. And her stance and dress. And the fading cat. And and and….

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