Last year I started an online course, Studying Under the Masters – Portraits. Here is the Intro and part one and I also got part two done. I started part 3, but then skipped ahead to part four. Then I got super busy, then Christmas, etc etc and have only now had time to go back to the lessons. So I am still working on the first Master, which is Vincent Van Gogh, part 3 was to make a sculpture of him.This is how I made mine..
I began with a wire armature, I filled the head with tin foil.
I then added more tin foil to pad out the general shape.
I then wrapped the shape with masking tape, this holds the foil in nice and tight and makes it feel more solid.
Next I made a batch of air drying clay. The recipe I use can be found HERE.
I began by moulding a basic shape of head and shoulders. This was where I got to last year, it was put aside to dry out and I just never got back to it..
So I finally had time to make more clay, and I started adding the features..
I set it aside for a while, took some photos and decided he needed more clay in certain areas.
I left him to dry out, then added more clay, because this wet layer is being added to a dry layer you need to add a little white glue first, so the new layer will stick. I refined the features and made his hat brim thicker.
I then painted his face with Fresco Chalk Acrylics
I then worked on his hat and coat.
He doesn’t really look like Vincent, but that’s ok. I had fun making him and I kinda like him.
Finally I added a coat of Satin Glaze , this finishes him off nicely.