Thursday, March 31, 2016

Clay Art Challenge Day 25

Today's snail for day 25 of the clay challenge. As I'm closing in on my goal of completing 30 small sculptures I've come up with a good concept for my last snail. Stay tuned.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Clay Art Challenge Day 24

For today's clay challenge I went with a conical shaped shell for my snail. This little guy is sculpted using three colored types of Super Sculpey.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Clay Art Challenge Day 22

Starting wire armature. Eyes added.

 Adding some Ave's clay to the armature.

 Sculpting in Super Sculpey Firm polymer clay.

 Test fitting the shell before baking.

 Beginning to paint the snail in acrylic paint.

The finished snail.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Clay Art Challenge Day 19

 Starting off with my snail & tin foil shell armatures.

 Covering the armature with Super Sculpey firm.

 Detailing the shell.

 The snail and shell ready to be baked .

 Painting the snail with acrylics. 

The finished snail sprayed with clear matte finish.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Clay Art Challenge Day 18

Today's snail creature. I went with a gentler looking demeanor on this guy. But just in case someone thinks him a push over - I still gave him sharp teeth. 

Monday, March 21, 2016

Clay Art Challenge Day 17

When I got around to decorating today's snail creature I thought of the old ditty "  red touch yellow kill a fellow " in regards to the coloration of certain venomous snakes. Though I'm sure you'd have to severely provoke this wary looking snail to get him to bite.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Clay Art Challenge Day 16

Well I'm sixteen days along in my clay art challenge. Today was a mix of sculpting and sorting through my fishing tackle getting it ready for the bass season. Being an early riser I like to get a jump on starting my sculpture as soon as the coffee kicks in.

Here is the wire snail armature and shell bulked out in foil and covered in Apoxie clay.

 Later in the day when the clay had cured I began sculpting the snail with pink Super Sculpey.

Here is the sneering little fellow finished and posed outside.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Clay Art Challenge Day 15

For my clay challenge today I went with sculpting a smaller sized snail. In the morning I created the wire armature and after covering it in Ave's Apoxie clay I added the pre-baked polymer clay eyes.

 After the Apoxie clay cured I sculpted the teeth and began adding purple Super Sculpey.

 After painting the eyes and adding some hilites with powered chalk I sprayed the snail with a clear matt finish.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Clay Art Challenge Day 14

Today's snail creature was bigger than my previous sculptures. Because of that I was booking to get it finished so no work in progress photos.

 I went with a three eye design for this snail.

 It was fun doing a toothy monster snail after the last couple of cutesy snails.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Clay Art Challenge Day 13

On Day 13 of my 30 day art challenge I thought I'd stay in the same vein as yesterday's snail critter.

The eyes have been added and I'm wrapping the armature with green floral wire to help the clay stay in place when I begin sculpting.

 Adding Ave's Apoxie Sculpt clay to give a firm foundation for the polymer clay to follow.

 After the Ave's had cured I began adding pink Super Sculpey clay.

 Forming the armature for the shell.

 Sculpting the shell in polymer clay.

The finished lady snail searching for her beau.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Clay Art Challenge Day 12

 My snail piece for day 12 of my clay art challenge is a victim of a broken heart. I have a few other work in progress photos of him taking shape up on my Facebook page :

Monday, March 14, 2016

Clay Art Challenge Day 11

Day 11 and a new creepy crawler is underway. Foil, steel wire & Aves Apoxie Sculpt armature.

 Starting the shell.
 Teeth added and beginning to add green tinted Super Sculpey.

 Aves Apoxie clay forelegs added.

Test fitting the clay shell over the baked clay creatures body.

 Detailing the polymer clay shell.

 The finished mantis snail.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Clay Art Challenge Day 9 & 10

I've been busy the last several days creating some miniature tree set pieces for a stop motion animation project. Because of that I haven't been as diligent photographing the work in progress photos for my 30 Day Art Challenge as I would have liked.

Here is a link to my FB page where I updated Day 9 of the challenge Friday evening :

I was able to get an early start this morning roughing out the armature of my new critter. Since this piece will be bigger I'm using self curing Aves Apoxie Sculpt . 

Adding the interior of the mouth using Super Sculpey.

 The fangs have been added and here I'm detailing the sides of the mouth.

 The aluminum foil armature that will be the basis for the shell.

 The creature and its Super Sculpey shell baked and ready to be glued on.

The worm-like snail creature painted and posed in front of one of the miniature trees.