Thursday, June 16, 2011

Art Work In Process Post 3

I feel like I'm going into too much detail, but I don't know what to leave out.

My work day started at about 9:30 AM.  The first project was to do what I call the eye-liner on the zebra.  I do this same treatment for all of the animals.

I have several large steel washers that I use as patterns to cut these shapes out of black felt.  I buy the eyelashes a gross at a time and cut them to length.

 The zebra, deer,moose and impala have eyelashes, the cheetah and the wart hog do not.

I glued the larger circles around the under eye first. The  eyelashes were glued to the inside of the top felt, and then it was glued over the eye.

When I cut out the stripes for the neck, I also cut out the pieces of white fur that go around the bottom of the eyes. This is the last "pre set" pattern piece I  used.  From here on, each stripe was figured out and cut in pairs, making tiny adjustments from one side to the other.

I continued to use waxed paper to make the pattern for each stripe, but since it was not  kept for future use, I traced the shapes onto the furs without making poster board cut outs.

By 2:00 o'clock I had gotten this far, and was tired of working on the zebra.

So, I switched over to my other work bench and trimmed the extra foam from the other head base sculptures.

I had cut out the hardboard backs for them on Monday.

I cut the foam even with the edge of the shell, and cut the removed piece into chunks that will be saved for the next pour.

I then attached to backs to each sculpture with masking tape and made any adjustments to them so that they would agree in shape.

I then applied several layers of paper mache over the back and edges and put them out to dry.

I finished that by 3:30 PM, so I did a little bit more on the zebra before calling it a day.

Come back tomorrow and see what's next.


  1. What a fascinating art. You are very talented!

  2. I can't believe all the work that goes into one of these sculptures! You have a huge supply of patience for this work.

  3. yes lots of work indeed... you have a talent and that is awesome...

  4. Really incredible. And so much talent. WOW

  5. How neat! You are most creative, Merikay!

    BTW, regarding your comment on my blog - heck yes, you can come along!!!

    How about I pick you up on the way to the factory in January and while we are there you order a little trailer of your own?

  6. I will be back tomorrow...this amazes me!

  7. Being creative is such a gift! You do an amazing job with these animals. Thanks for showing how you do it. I'm looking forward to seeing the finished products. :)


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