After getting my son down for a nap today, I went to work cleaning the 3 part mold [highlight] CAREFULLY [/highlight] so as to not tear it apart more than it has already been. I have also received an idea from a friend for another chess piece sculpture . Alan is a writer with an interest in history; suffice to say, receiving an idea from him for a fictional creature is rare.
Alan told me about the idea that had popped into his head, “A little rat, sitting back on his haunches, wringing his hands in anticipation of the master’s bidding… but instead of a rat head, he has an alligator head.” This description was on the heels of our discussing the Rook and how my design change made it looked like a “simian-turtle hybrid critter”.
It seem my standard practice these day is to finish the body and have it baked before I sculpt the head onto it. It allows me the peace of mind to concentrate on the head details without worrying about details on the body being accidentally smushed!
I had originally sculpted the alligator’s mouth as a straight line, but right before I baked it I decided to double check a photo of an actual alligator.
It’s funny how out mind’s-eye can play tricks on us. As you see, their mouths follow a more zig-zaggy path. Another change I needed to make was to move the eyes to the TOP of the head. Now, I’ve seen tons of alligators and crocodiles, but as I sculpted this from memory, I just stuck the eyes on the sides of the head.
Other than Alan’s little pawn here, I’m working up some GOOD news and a SUCCESSFUL post for tomorrow… can’t dwell on the past
for too much longer!