Well I am finally done!
I hope that I had just as much fun as you did making it. OH WAIT, I made it. But I am sure you will have fun watching the rest of the process. It’s much easier, or at least less than all that sanding and getting it back in the shape I need to have before I start painting her. Before I start into my prelims, let me do a bit of refresher on what I did in the previous episode…
That’s pretty much it. If you did not read or take a look at it yet, then head over to the link and have fun with it. I think that it’s not only the best part of my making statues, but it’s the most creative process in the same. Working with clay you get the freedom to create and diverse in your artwork. To create something that you and someone else will like. The long tedious part is the sanding, but you want to get all the lumps and bumps out to make your piece special and unique.
Now onto the final steps
Part 4- darn it I had to look up what part I was on.. 🙂
Once I have her all sanded out, I decided on a statue. As in the earlier link or blog I had posted, I created an image that I wanted to work from but never really thought of a base, so I just casually decided on a round circle. I never had any ideas or plans on what to make of it, but it’s something to hold her up. I thought about what to do later and will get that in the final steps. Hence it is white and plain. I tried to keep it simple and unique. I did not use a cookie cutter because not only did I not have one, but with it being a last min decision, I thought it looked nice being ragged and unique.
Anyway, as I worked I used basic craft paints I find at walmart, michaels, joannes, whatever had a sale. I used satin craft paints to give it the thickness of colors used, but even the cheapest of paints worked well. The cheapest I had to put on several coats, but that made it more formal and better cover. Painting was very careful, esp on the finer details such as the eyes and skirt. It became a challenge to keep up with my sketch, what I seen in images, and so on. I did mess up here and there, but with basic acrylic paints it became an easy fix. The only problem I have is my steady hand. I do not have one, and even though I sanded her pretty well, the painting made up for it. 😛
All done, with heavy concern and careful painting I had finally got done with what I wanted. All things came together when I made the piece as a whole. I looked at the round stand and thought.. “Hey! That would make a great manhole cover!” I was going to use the logo, but it was rather small with her feet so I decided to just condense TMNT to TMT.. that way it kinna looked like NYC.. as most of their manhole covers looked in the series. Then I painted her name. The final piece really looked good.
I also had to repaint her glasses as I glued it to her head. it was so fragile that I had to fix and repaint. I use a great glue that’s a gel from Elmers. I won’t use any other kind.
And then I used it to glue her to the base. It all worked well together!
The end or the beginning? you decide! I am making more statues as we speak, and she is up for sale. I had someone ask me.. “why are you selling your work? You should keep it!” I love my work.. but I want to share it more. It’s what we artists want.. to share and to get our work out there and to make a bit of money on the side so we can do this for our lives. I love to share my artwork, get it out there and do what I LOVE TO DO!! It’s a start and I hope that I can generate an audience who would not only love to purchase my work, but to share it as well. I love art. I do all kinds! If it’s a media, I am willing to learn it and to make people happy. I am with this and I Hope I made you just as happy by reading it!
She is for sale on ebay:
IF interested.. bid. If not, please spread the word around for those you know who would love to have her. she is limited and as you see here, very original. Nothing duplicated nor a mold. She is great for your collection and it will help me gear into making more!
Thanks for watching!