Friday, November 20, 2009

2 New WIPs

It has been a busy week in the studio making paper mache clay, making armatures for hats and then building the hats, building faces, making elf shoes and boots and making bodies. Below is my first ever Pumpkin Elf. He will be a crossover piece from Halloween into Christmas and comes with an elf hat with balls on the tips and elf shoes designed in the same manner. He carries a teddy bear and candy canes and I plan on painting him in striped stockings with a little ornamental vest. The figures don't have much of a personality punch at this point....that will have to come with the paint.

I also roughed in several snowmen this week. The little fellow below has a carrot nose and an over sized top hat. and two "stick" arms. I think he gets a scarf today... he needs it to break up that large body of his.

That's how I work. I sculpt, set a piece down, work on another, then look back on the piece I worked on earlier and let it tell me what it needs. That little bit of separation during the creative process is very necessary for me to keep moving forward in the design of the pieces.

That's this weeks peek into the studio and my artsy little mind.

Have a great weekend!


Pattee said...

Laurie your amazing~
I love your work!
On that snowman how do you get his fingers so thin? And don't you worry about them breaking?
: ) Pattee

Suzie said...

They both already look like fun pieces, Laurie, and have your signature look to them! Now I'm anxious to see their personalities come alive!

Thanks for the sneak peek!!


Monkey-Cats Studio said...

They are wired so no I don't worry about breakage on these.

Thanks Suzie...and I was just thinking they don't have their look yet...the snowman now has a scarf and I like him better!!

Have a great weekend!

Shes Off Her Rocker said...

Oh yes they do already have personality! Thanks for the peek into your process! It's the same for on multiple things, mental break, then get the energy to finish one off...yes yes YES! I really want to try some bodies.. I feel so jippy just making big old heads all the time, when I first started, I made what I called "goblins" they had very long and spindly I want to try more sculptural pieces, maybe some animals. A deer flying over a moon? maybe a cat? Love the inspiration I always feel when I visit your blog Laurie!!
Happy Creating!

Studio At Crow Haven Farm said...

Laurie, I just love visiting you and seeing what your imagination leads you to. Just wonderful work and such an inspiration to us all.
Have a wonderful and creative weekend.

Monkey-Cats Studio said...

Thank you Brandi...I love your big ole' heads girl so don't abandon them!!!

Thanks Michelle! I had a really good day yesterday and have the three snowmen ready to set and dry for a week. I'm off to make a few things for them to hold in their stick like fingers today.

Have a great weekend!

Lance said...

The pumpkin elf guy will be amazing! The hat is great. Good to hear from you!

Bone*Head*Studios said...

These guys are always so perfectly
made!!! Oh to be a fly on the wall of your studio!!!!

Chicken Lips said...

Good heaven's my dear, when are you going to take a break?! You deserve some time off...LOL!

Designs By CK said...

Hope you had a great turkey day!

Have a great weekend.

Chris (-:

Cathy ~ Tadpoles and Teacups said...

Love to read about your WIP process!
I do the same thing too.