Yesterday I spent 6.5 hours sculpting out the mermaid and octopus. Basically I scraped away from all the outline to separate the figures from the background. I then started to add just a little bit of clay to build up the areas that were closer to the viewer- the breast, buttocks, octopus head and some of the octopus legs. The smaller section of the clay slab had plastic put down first between the clay and the drywall. Because at the time I wasn’t sure how long all this would take and I didn’t want it to dry out. This turned out to be a bad idea for me because things are going fairly fast. The plastic was keeping the clay much wetter that the larger section. I knew I had to get that plastic out from between the clay and the drywall. I made a drywall sandwich and carefully flipped it over with Ana’s help. I pulled off the plastic and then flipped it back. On the way back it slid a little out of place. Clay has a memory like a freaking elephant, I hope it doesn’t remember this little incident and warp or crack in that spot. I have tried to really be careful about keeping the whole thing flat and not disturbing it’s delicate memory. How can clay have such a good memory and I don’t?
My back was aching by the end of the day. I should have put the table up on blocks to raise it so I didn’t have to bend over so far. I can’t even rest my arms on the clay as it is still too soft. Cracks are starting to develop at the sides where the large slabs of clay were joined together. It’s not really a problem because I can just cut it there when I cut out the tiles. Just so one doesn’t cut through the mermaids face or head of the octopus. Even though it’s back breaking work, I’m loving it. There is nothing more satisfying then creating something beautiful from a lump of dirt.
Take a look at Tony Cipriano and a video showing some of his sculpting process. Wow! He is so good. Such an inspiration to me.