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New Props Drying By an Open Fire

on January 31, 2009 - 6:30pm

Monax by the fire
It's been a cold Saturday spent working on props.

Marmota Monax is coming along slowly. Though I don't plan on having his body be visible, he's gotten a sloppy clay covering over his torso. I've been experimenting with a new clay recipe and thought this was a safe opportunity to test it.

It's always best to have more than one prop on the go. This way you have something to do between drying time. Aucellus, a little bird-creature, now has a head (well, the shape of one) and hopefully by the end of tomorrow he'll get the first layer of mache over his skull.

I find it humbling that each time I start a new project, I have this overwhelming sense that I have no idea what I'm doing. And I don't, besides the basics, because I'm usually venturing into unknown territory in the realm of mediums and techniques. I suppose that's the whole point of creating: the discovery, the challenge, and the lesson, just as much as the final product.

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