domenica 24 maggio 2015

MIST the grey wolf

I have been meaning to create a wolf for a long time now. I finally decided that the time has come, and dedicated the last weeks to this new project.
I'm very very happy of the final result. I created his head out of polymer clay, then covered it with fur and scissor sculpted and shaded it. I have taken many pictures of the work in progress as I mean to do a tutorial later.
MIST IS ADOPTED, thank you!

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domenica 17 maggio 2015

CIRCE, a young Maine coon

CIRCE is my latest creation made combining the more 'traditional' technique of designing and sewing the body, with the new found technique of sculpting the head out of polymer clay and then attaching fur onto it.
I'm very happy that I finally decided to experiment with this new way as I like it so much that I don't think I'm ever going back to needle felting. I feel like I'm turning a new leaf here.
Circe is the exact image of what was in my mind when I started on this project. I was able to translate my idea so precisely that in the end I found it quite difficult to part with her...but she is gone of course, I really can't start being soft and keeping the darlings to myself...
So, here she is, my dream cat: a Maine coon with a tortoiseshell and white fur, golden green eyes and a sweet bewitching expression, hence the name CIRCE!

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martedì 5 maggio 2015


This is SIEGFRIED, all finished and already adopted! Meowwww!!!!

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A new way to do old things

Mixed media. I've come across this definition quite often in the past months. I'm fascinated by the concept of creating using materials and techniques that traditionally come from separate 'categories'. This way of doing things appeals to my restlessness and curiosity to try new things.
I've been using the needle felting technique to make my creations' faces for some time now. In that instance the needle felting technique is used on a head and body which had been previously designed and sewn from fur in the 'traditional' way. This is already putting together two techniques.
Then I've come across another way of doing things that really 'blew my mind'. You can also actually shape the head out of polymer clay (or other kinds of putty) and then attach fur on top of it. The possibilities are endless, and the control over the shape total.
I just had to try it, and this is my first go at it. I had to try with a cat of course, as I seem to be obsessed with them!
CAT HEAD - front

CAT HEAD - side
This cat head was done using an air drying polymer clay. I love clay sculpting. It is more immediate then having to do the shape with the needle felting, and I feel I have more control.

Another thing that I really appreciated was the fur attaching process. Again I felt like I was really in control of the step by step process, attaching little tufts exactly where they were needed and in the precise direction they should be.
This is the head after scissor sculpting and shading it.

I'm extremely pleased with the result, I think I have found a new way to do old things....a way that I really really have fun with!

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I'm really neglecting this blog lately, and I feel guilty! Not that I've been idle, on the contrary I have been happily creating in the last weeks, and also done some home renovations which were long due...
Now I really mean to catch up!
This is Nancy, a newly designed skunk which turned out really sweet I think. She is already adopted, and now lives with her new mom in the USA.
Isn't she cute?

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