I’m revisiting the Rook that I’ve been working on for a longer-term chess set project. I’d specifically like to share my thoughts on the creation of the head on this little fella…
As you can see the head turned out much different than the image Eric provided. I decided to leave it at this stage without the spikes based on the following reasoning:
- Artistic liberties were reserved in advance.
- If I leave it unpainted I can add the spikes to it later.
- It’ll be easier to mold without spikes.
- The face just seemed to evolve on it’s own.
Originally, I made a quick stand-in head to help position the rim of the turtle shell and get an overall feel for the size of it. I think it was in how I had cut the mouth that gave it the “je ne sais quois” that caused me to keep it. The look reminds me of catching a person deep in thought and kinda zoned-out for an instant… which, for an sculpture, seems like an appropriate pose. So I just went with it, and tried my best to stop before I screwed it up.
A tip I’d like to point out is the answer to why the Rook’s cheeks and brow are pink. Initially, I was dissatisfied with the piece’s eye sockets, so I simply scooped them out! I baked the finished grey mouth and nose area along with a very minimal head-shape onto to the body. After it cooled, I added the pink clay to experiment with the eye sockets and neck muscles. I even decided on using little gold-colored beads for the eyes.