Oh baby, my baby doesn’t have the croup, he has a repertory infection… now, we ALL have respiratory infections. I haven’t been sick in years and I just want to lay down… he just want’s to play. The good news is I have been getting more sleep the past couple nights. The bad new is 4 hours isn’t a whole lot of sleep to be proud of. I’m only slightly worried about that since my giraffe research led me to the fact that giraffes survive on less sleep than any other mamal – 4 ½ hours. LOL, with that in mind I tried to get an extra half hour in this morning but it was not to be.
I’ve “finished” the Queen! I was determined to get her baked last night, and I did. There are still a couple more minor details that I’d like to add but she’s done. I’ll show you what we’ve got:
Since last time I added feet – feet of a tiger. “Soles of a tiger” as stated in the Chinese dragon description are implied. I started off making the feet like I usually do: creating a clay block for each foot, sculpt it into the basic shape, cut the toes into it and then shape the toes. As you can see in the upper left image, I cut 3 toes onto each paw only to realize that tigers have 4 toes (I’ve been watching too many cartoons). I took it as an opportunity to add a little more clay to bulk up and defined the knuckles.
Besides sculpting the paws, I added more detail to certain areas of the scales. I use a turpenoid (brush cleaner) to brush over the scales to smooth and give them more uniformity. The thing to watch out for is when it gets a little too smooth. It’s merely a matter of going back with a sharp tool to redefine some of the undercuts.
A couple small additions I’d like to make before I call her DONE done is to add claws – “claws of a hawk”. Also, I’d like to try adding another spike onto both of the horns to make them more deer-like. What do you think about that?
I like the way it turned out. Yay…I now have a Rook and a Queen for my chess set. I’m excited to get it all done, but I’ve tried to rush finishing a chess set before. Not only is rushing it a perfect way to burn out, I end up unhappy with more than half the pieces. If you have any suggestions or ideas for any of the other pieces, let me know. I can use all the help I can get.
Other than trying to get myself and my family well again, I’ve been continuing to do some research for my son’s ‘Backyard Bug Guide’. I’m just about finished identifying all the spiders out there and I’m glad to report, none seem harmful to humans. Here’s a drawing I did for the Gasteracantha Cancriformis AKA Spiney-Backed Orb Weaver.
These guys have been around since I was a little kid. For as viscous as they look I’ve handled them. They’re not poisonous to humans, plus they seem fairly even tempered.
Have a great weekend and wish us luck on kickin’ this funk!