This year, my birthday gift from my mom (via the check she sent) was an online class on sculpting. (The polymer clay class here: https://verdantsculpts.thinkific.com/courses/polymer.)
I've never done any sculpting, and I'm not particularly good at any visual art, but what the heck, I've got #5 self-confidence, so sure, this is totally something I can do. (To be fair, the description does say the course is suitable for beginners, so I didn't just do my usual thing of skipping all the boring pre-requisites in order to fail spectacularly.)
This is how far I've gotten:
Guido was helping with the photo shoot. And by helping, I mean he refused to get out of the way. I fully expect the same level of help when I open the packages.
The instructor suggests watching all the videos first before starting, and for once, I'm following directions. This has been the progression so far:
- Him: I'm not great at drawing, so I find a picture of the animal I'm going to do and start by tracing the shape at the finished size using tracing paper.
Me: Holy cow, I can probably do this!
- Him: Then I draw lines for the armature.
Me: Still on board!
- Him: Then I twist the wire into shape.
Me: I think I can do that.
- Him: Then I add a layer of epoxy clay to stiffen the armature.
- Him: Then I start building it up using Sculpey.
Me: ... How did it suddenly start looking like a real animal? (I'm betting this is where mine completely goes off the rails.)
- Him: And now I start adding details.
Me: Holy cow. This is fun to watch. Mine will never end up like that, but this is really cool!