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These are step-by-step instructions on how to make a Removable Armature for figures, sculptures, dolls and action figures in 1:12, 1:8 and 1:6 scale to use with the , like you see on the pictures just below.
Hello, my friends. I am starting a new doll – A sassy Russian beauty, inspired by the 19th century painting “At the village outskirts” by the famous Russian artist Konstantin Makovsky (1839-1915). I came across this painting by accident and fell in love with the beautiful girl, her self-assured attitude, and her stunning costume. The doll will be a joy to create, I just know it.
As all the dolls come to this world naked, for anatomy reference, at suggestion of my friend, I took another painting of a nude “Russian Venus” by another famous Russian artist Boris Kustodiev (1878 – 1927).
After a very long break, I picked up this abandoned project and finished it!
Quite a few parts were redone, including the head and the hands.
I was not taking pictures of the work in progress since I picked him up, because I was not even sure I would be able to finish him, he turned out to be such a challenging doll for me. But he is done, and I am happy with the result.
Here you are – “The Emperor of Asiope” (“Государь Всея Азиопы”). I hope you like him.
The head. Make a ball out of clay on top of the head module, a little smaller than the tummy. Find the hole – the bottom of the head module, grab it with the forceps – this is the handle to hold the head without touching it. Find the horizontal and vertical center of the future face. The whole Baby face will be under the middle horizontal line, the horizontal line itself – that is where his eyebrows are.
For some time now I wanted to try to make one of those tiny cute babies. Yesterday I made one and enjoyed it very much. Here are the pictures of the first one – please see below. I promised I will do a step-by-step Work in Progress Blog post on my second baby – so, here we go.
Let’s say you bought – from me or from somebody else. Sheep, like humans, come with different hair – some fur is straighter, some fur is curlier, tight curl, loose curl, smooth, frizzy – all kinds. But you don’t have to feel like you are stuck with a particular texture – you can change it to suit your OOAK. It is pretty easy.
I have some progress to report: My first ball-jointed doll is sculpted. Her name is Smita which means “Smile” in Sanskrit. Smita taught me a lot! I am going to make version II, taking into account everything that I learned from Smita. Meanwhile, here she is:
Good morning. I got my elastic finally, put everything together – the elastic is one continuous loop. Well, folks, she STANDS – barely, but definitely stands. So now it is a matter of shaping, and refining and making all parts symmetrical – right now one leg is shorter. Better symmetry, better fitting leg joints will improve the standing balance. So far I am happy with the progress, although she looks rough, I know what to do to make her look better and stand better. Will be back tomorrow – thank you for watching!
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Moving along – baked and sanded. One of the arms needs to be redone as clay was not packed well enough – there were voids in the clay which became apparent after baking – so I carved that part out and will redo.
Good morning! So, about that “fat suit technique” that I wanted to try (pack the clay around the armature, cut off the excess – basically carve the body out of the lump of clay). Well, I did not find it practical.
Good morning! It is time to pick up the clay again! While I am waiting for the Fool Muse, I decided to create Rusalka.
(plural rusalki) – are Russian water fairies. Sometimes “rusalka” is translated as “mermaid” but it is not quite the same thing. Russian rusalki don’t have a fish tail like mermaid, but two lovely legs and feet, just like humans.
They are spirits of unbaptized girls, unwed mothers and young women who committed suicide or were murdered near the water or were not given proper funeral rites.
They appear as young girls and young women – lovely, pale, lithe, with gorgeous bodies and flashing eyes. They have long green hair, worn loose. The hair is always moist. They have pleasing voices and musical laughs. They wear water lilies in the hair. They mostly appear in the nude or decorated with wet water weeds or wearing a long white cotton shirt – wet and clinging to the body.
Behemoth jumped the line and butted in. Nothing I could do.
Behemoth is the cat from Bulgakov’s book “Master and Margarita
“. …The third member of the company was a cat the size of a pig, black as soot and with luxuriant cavalry officers’ whiskers. The threesome was walking towards Patriarch’s Street, the cat trotting along on its hind legs… …
But worst of all was the third invader : a black cat of revolting proportions sprawled in a nonchalant attitude on the pouffe, a glass of vodka in one paw and a fork, on which he had just speared a pickled mushroom, in the other…
Тhe cat drank its vodka and Stepa’s hand dropped from the doorpost… …
“Get out”, Woland said to the cat. “I haven’t had my coffee”, replied Behemoth. “How can you expect me to go yet?” “The Master and Margarita” by Mikhail Bulgakov
This will, hopefully, be a beginning of a whole Tarot set – a major undertaking for a turtle sculptor such as I am. But, with a foolish optimism, quite in the spirit of the first Major Arcana card, I am embarking on this journey.
I put the hair on Fortuna and took pictures, it is drying at the moment, will style, take more pics and post them. Hardly a tutorial, as I do my hair differently every time and I don’t have a “procedure” yet, but still something to give folks an idea of how to go about it.
I am starting a new sculpt “The Mistress of Copper Mountain”. For now, I am collecting the material, refreshing it in my memory – this is from one of my childhood books. In a nutshell, it is a mythical female entity who appears as a beautiful enchantress or a lizard.
After a long break in sculpting, I decided to finish the mermaid which I started a while ago. I am trying to figure out this blog thing, so that I can keep my Work in Progress and be able to chat here too. I am making a mermaid.
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