Of fables and fairy tales, fiction and fantasy, one of a kind hand sculpted creations come to life.
Monday, September 26, 2011
"Tine" style fairy
Tine Kamerbeek's ballerina
While at NIADA I saw sculpts done by some very talented artists, including Tine Kamerbeek. I had not seen her work before, but am now a fan. I love her elongated faces. I especially like her miniatures.... tiny, chubby, children. She often does ballerinas like the one pictured.
I decided I like to try a similar sculpt, I wanted to practice sculpting the exaggerated features on a fairy. I'm going to try a miniature 3 1/2" fairy. The face will have long tear drop eyes, chubby cheeks, and elf ears....a compact little body with over sized feet.
I made an armature of 16 gauge copper wire and wrapped it with 22 gauge copper wire. To give the piece some weight I added lead fishing weights to the shoes. I bought an assortment at Walmart. I used a cone shaped weight for the ankle area and a rounded ball piece for the toe. The lead is very soft and can be shaped with a pliers. The cone shaped weights have a hole through the center and the wire armature fits into the top. I then wrapped the wire with white floral tape. I sealed the lead with Kilz spray paint.
I used a mix of La Doll and Premier air dry clay to make this fairy. This is a tiny sculpt so I used small paint brushes to refine the features, take a look. Now she'll need an outfit!