After some careful deliberation I decided to redo the Astronaut’s belt. It was too high on his waist and the curvature of it was bugging me. Since I baked the little guy already it was a simple task of just scraping off the old belt. The new belt design has more texture, plus it sits lower with a more natural sag.
I’m planning another coat or two of paint, but thankfully I’ve finalized the color scheme. My wife, a graduate and fan of the University of Oklahoma, describes it as “those pitiful Texas colors”. At least I know my mother in law will like it. In fact, I decided on the creme and burnt orange colors to better show off aging effects I plan to add later.
The aging effects technique I use starts with shaving off some powder from chalk drawing pastels. I apply the powder with a brush like make-up. Space is a dusty place! When I’m done, this technique should add a few years of business onto our spaceman’s career.
I’ll go into the details of my aging process in a later post when I have pictures to reference. For now, I’m just working on getting him painted.
With the end in sight for the Astronaut, I’m starting to think about a couple other projects I’d like to get rolling. I’m planning to redo the Owl lighter case that… didn’t work out before. I’ve had an ongoing project sculpting bugs for a bug display case. It began as a desire to sculpt bugs from my backyard, but got “FUNed-up” into a plan to make a bug display case with imaginary insects too!
I was doing some yard work and came across what I thought might be a dangerous spider (a Brown Recluse) the other day. Trying to be better safe than sorry, I killed it. I don’t want dangerous bugs around yet spiders take care of so many other troublesome critters it is best to know the good spiders from the bad ones, once and for all. So, with respects to my original idea to identify my backyard bugs along with the need to do more drawing, I’m going to start drawing a backyard bug guide for my son.
Do you have any fun projects lined up for the Fall other than raking leaves?