Ive been having fun playing with clay lately.
I have made quite a few figures from sculpy over the years. some better than others. Lately I have been “practicing” making better looking figures. I started by making a bunch of heads. 7/8th scale makes the people big enough to see some detail. I watched a video by a sculptor to get some pointers on proportions and other how-to bits. I have been trying to get ladies who look female. I have also been trying to get some character into their faces.
these two are male and female
It still isnt really clear to me the difference between a male head and a female head, but I tend to know one if i see one. remember that adding hair, clothing and a body changes things.
Well as most end up kinda masculine I go with the flow…
I tend to make my female figures kinda rugged…good farmers wives but not the first to be picked at the dance. This is pretty good for me, she is definately female and not built like a blacksmith
I did spend some time tweaking these faces and bodies a little with an Xacto blade carving a bit of here and a smidgen there. then I give them some paint. first the whites of the eyes and white shirts, then I work outward, blue or brown eyes, over-coats, pants and the like. Details like buttons, cuffs etc are added last. some times I’ll give them a wash of “dirt” or just wet brush in soot and oil onto blue overalls. those ladies do not get such course treatment.
this is a family reunion … Harold A Topsham and his family. his sister and some of the grown nieces are from away…you know city kids with those flashy styles.
As the ridership is up on the W&Q, more crew will be required to keep everything safe and on schedule.