Sunday, July 5, 2009

Silly Little Snake

For reasons I won't get into, I decided to make a snake as my first clay "sculpture". I had it on good authority that snakes are easy for beginners. Just roll, taper the tail end, flatten the head end, and slice open a mouth. Presto - you have a snake.
I had no problem with the rolling part and the tapering the tail part. The shaping the head part, uhm, as you can see, that part didn't go so well for me.
I worked on the head for more time than I'd like to admit but nothing looked right. Too flat. Too round. Too lumpy. Too long. Too square ...
I think if I had had a picture of a snake head, any snake head, to look at for a guide I could have done better. I wasn't sure what final look I was striving towards, just knew that nothing I was doing was resulting in anything that looked right as a snake head. I finally just baked it. I figured once cured, a coat of paint might distract from the strange head and it wouldn't be a total loss.
Maybe, maybe not.

BeforeAfter
Next time (I am going to try again!) I'll use wire inside for support so it doesn't droop like this one did.
Ya' live and ya' learn and ya' try again ...

5 comments:

Kathi said...

I like your snakey!!! It is you and this is good :)

MoeArt said...

It's a cute snake!

Michele said...

I like your snake. As for needing a picture of a snake head, have you heard of the Internet? :)

AlmondJoy said...

LOL. Ric was on the computer at the time and I didn't want to interrupt him.

MoeArt said...

Sarcastic moms. :D