Friday, August 20, 2010

A Different Kind Of Fugly Featured Stallion...

Today I am going to poke a bit of fun at myself. 

I have my own 'Fugly Featured Stallion' sitting in front of me, staring at me, saying 'fix me, fix me!'

So this is one of the Breyer horses I have being worked on currently, and for those that don't remember, he started out looking like this: 

Then went to this: 

Then he got the start of wings, a better tail, and A HEAD!

Those wings took the better part of 2 hours to put together. The shape kept eluding me, and finally I had to cheat a little bit by printing out a skeletal outline of a hawk's wing structure to get the general idea of what they needed to be shaped like. 

That is what he looked like till last night. 

The wings got bulked out with Amazing Sculpt, and then I had the thought to create a thin 'membrane' to sculpt the actual wings over but wasn't sure how to do it. Some digging around in my sculpting box uncovered a brand new package of cheesecloth, so it got picked for the job. 

My hope was that I could squish it into the under bones of the wings, and when the Amazing Sculpt dried, it would be permanently affixed. Which is mostly what it did. About halfway through the curing process I tested it in a corner and found that it was sticking, but with enough force, would lift up. 

So I grabbed my super glue, and ran a thin small line of glue down the long, main bone on each side. That did the final trick, and now that cheesecloth isn't going anywhere. 

Now, I need to figure out what to put over the cheese cloth to make it look even more wing like. I was originally thinking more Amazing Sculpt, but a quick test on that last night proved that it won't stick to the cheese cloth very well at all. Initially it would, but when I started the attempt to smooth it out, it lifted right up. 

So, now I'm thinking maybe liquid latex or something of the sort. I'll have to search around some and see whats out there to use. 

So, while he's not an actual 'real' horse, he still started out as a stallion, and I'd say right now he's still in some pretty ugly stages! *giggle*

I am also going to take this moment for a shameless promotional plug, and inform everyone of something I have currently on ebay. 

Two years ago, I bought this off of his website, watched it once, realized I already was doing or knew how to fix all of these 'issues' and was a bit mad at myself cause I wasted $160. Its been up in a closet since, and I'd rather use the money to fund my sculpting habit. 

Its got some bids on it now, so I'm not so much looking to 'drive up the price' but if there is anyone out there looking for this, or might be interested, there you go. If someone on the blog ends up buying it, I'll take the shipping charge off. 

1 comment: