I think it would be fun to have a special post to show off all the paper mache cats that people made following my recent video series. Did you make a cat? If so, I’d love to add it to the gallery on a special post here on my site. If you’d like your cat to show up on the new post, just send me the image, along with the way you’d like your name to appear in the credits.
I know that many of you have already posted photos of your cats. Since I would legally need to ask every single one of you for permission to move your images to a new post (and I’m way too lazy to do that), I’m hoping that you’ll go ahead and send your photos to me even if you already posted them in the comment area of another post. I will assume that anyone sending me their cat photo is giving me official permission to publish it here on this site.
In fact, I’d like to see your paper mache cat even if you made it some other way than the methods I showed you in the videos. If your cat was made differently, please mention it when you send the photo so I can let people know. We can all learn new things from each other.
“Daily Sculpture Challenge”
My experimenting phase seems to be over, and now I’m trying push myself to get better at portrait and figure sculpture. I am convinced that the best way to learn a new skill fastest is to use it as often as possible — so I’ve challenged myself to create at least one new sculpture a day. If that sounds like a fun idea, I hope you’ll join me.
Since paper mache dries too slowly to make it a good medium for this particular challenge, I’m just going to use modeling clay. If any of the pieces turn out well, I might turn them into small finished works using the methods I used to make my hippo and cougar. I also think it would be fun to try finishing them with the “faux encaustic” method mentioned in the Surface Treatment Workshop book – but I’m really nowhere near actually having anything to finish at this point. What I really want to concentrate on is making as many portraits and figure sculptures as I can, so I can make as many mistakes as possible as fast as possible. An, of course, I’m hoping that will help me improve my sculpting skills.
In fact, I just received another video by Dan Reader, this one on beginning figure sculpting. Just as soon as I hit the “publish” button on this post, I’m going to rip the plastic off the video and watch it all the way through. I learned so much from his portrait video, so I know this one will be good, too.
There’s already an online group called the Daily Painters (Jessie joined quite some time ago, but I don’t know if she’s still a member). But that does give me an idea… It’s always easier to stick to a personal commitment if other people join you. So – would you like to join an informal “daily sculptor’s” group? Any medium, any subject, any size – just to encourage each other to really push ourselves to learn as much as possible in the shortest amount of time. If anyone decides to join me, we can figure out a way to make it easy to share our daily sculptures. Maybe a new Flickr page, or something…
Most of the daily painters do very small paintings. I think that’s a good idea, so my portraits will be quite small, too – 5 or six inches, or so. I’m now on day three (and only two portraits – I have to get started on #3 soon). Here’s what I’ve done so far:
Both of these ladies were photographed by government photographers during the 30′s and 40′s. The sculptures are reliefs, and small, so they don’t take much time – at least until I go back and try to fix them and make them better. In fact, now that I see the photos, I see more things I need to fix – but that means I’m learning already, doesn’t it?
(I really dislike the stickiness of the modeling clay I have on hand. I ordered some “Monster Clay,” but it isn’t here yet. It isn’t supposed to be as sticky.)
Anyway, enough rambling for one day. Send in those paper mache cats, if you have one. No deadline, since we can always add more photos to the post, but it would be nice to get them up soon and show them off. And let me know in the comment section if you’d like to “join” a daily sculptor’s group. (And let me know exactly what you mean by “joining” and “group” too, while you’re at it. This is just a kernel of an idea so far, so any suggestions are more than welcome.)