Wow. It has been quite a while since I have worked on the plaster cloth rabbitish-guy. Here are some progress/process photos of today's multiple work sessions.
One -- coming up with the hands construction. I had to resort to holding up my own hand to see which direction I needed to go with and where the thumbs went. This session was probably the longest -- a couple of hours +. It took a while to determine the size, the materials and how to anchor them with a wrist/forearm. I wanted (needed to) work on both hands in the same sitting so that I could keep them as even as possible. I also needed to do it in one session so that I could remember how I did it. As it was, the second hand was made in a slightly different way but with the same parts as the first one.
|The rabbitish-guy "before".|
|The sketch I made a while back.|
|Using my own hand to make sure I put the thumbs in the correct place...and to get a basic shape to build the fingers on.|
|Keeping in mind that these are not human hands, they didn't turn out too bad.|
|Making sure I left room for layers of plaster cloth to go on the wrist/forearms.|
|The parts for hand assembly number two.|
|Securing the fingers and thumbs more securely in place.|
|Adding some pads/shapes to the palm areas.|
|Hand number one -- I tried to pre-shape the fingers into more of a "gona getcha" pose.|
|Yeah...not too bad.|
Two -- after taking a short break I came back in to try to see if the wrists would fit with some Scott paper rags to hold them in place...just to see if I was getting the hang of the bends in the fingers and positioning in the sleeves. This actually took a bit of time, too.
Three -- after a break to feed the cats and sit in my recliner for a short while, I came back in to put the first layers of plaster cloth over the hips/haunches area and try to get some shape overall, including underneath the plaque at the bottom of the torso. This included a bit of shaping and holding the plaster cloth in place for a bit so it could start to set up. I probably should have crammed more of the wet plaster cloth into the Scott paper rags inside of the plastic cups (under the masking tape) but I think it will be fine...I tightened and shaped the outside as I worked. This area will still need quite a bit of layering of plaster cloth.
|The area to be worked on "before".|
|The area "after".|
|Another view. I know it looks pretty odd right now but I have an idea for this. It will be something in between hips and haunches, but I want it to be less haunchy/animaly and more hippy/humanish.|
|The hands, drying.|
|Secured pretty well...at least it is a start...this still needs a lot of thought and work.|
|Another view. I am also trying to think of how the clothing can be built on to cover up the odd shapes.|
|Okay! Enough for one day. Man...I forgot how much reaching and stretching this work takes...I may be achy for the next couple of days...LOL.|