For the first time during this challenge, I’m invoking my flexibility rule. I still didn’t finish my piece today, but it was going so well, I didn’t want to rush it or take a break and work on something else.

And since the whole point of this challenge is to be more creative and productive, I figure that’s ok.

So, here are some of the early stages of a sculpture.

First I sketch out the design on the clay, then I usually lay down the eye, because at that point it starts looking like a real creature.

Then I build up the basic forms. And work on refining them – adding clay, carving it away and texturing as needed.

If I’m working on a real animal, I make sure I have one or more good reference images. This one isn’t mine, (it’s from MorgueFile.com) even though I have some gopro videos of similar turtles from a couple dives and snorkel excursions that we did.

They’re really amazing.

This is where I’m at now… Still quite a ways to go, but it’s really coming along.


 

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