I've decided to make the most of my present unemployment by cranking out as much art as I can. With all this time, I have no excuse not to take on one big sculpting project after another. While my last project
was still hot from the oven so to speak, I began work on a bust of one of my alien creatures.
This is an arcadian longhorn, a mostly hairless starrus
native to Arcadia Valley, Ilion.
Instead of sculpting the whole body, I opted for a trophy-style mount of its head. The armature is fairly simple:
Meet my new friend, Milliput. This epoxy putty is useful for horn tips and other delicate parts. It can also be wedged in armature joints to keep the wires from shifting around. I wish I had this stuff when I made the devil's coach horse. I couldn't get it to hold itself in a rearing position.
Basic form is finished and smoothed with thinner, now onto the details.
Longhorn and star walrus side by side. I've fitted the longhorn with eyes and teeth.
Began fine detailing of the face.
Face is finished. I will texture the neck tomorrow. I'm thinking something like elephant or rhinoceros hide.
I referenced walrus hide for this one. This sort of texture can't be stamped in, it must be carved by hand. It took several hours to complete.
A wash of turpenoid or paint thinner smoothes out the edges to give a more natural appearance. Depending on how hard you apply the brush you can also knock back the texture to something less exaggerated. Brush gently, and most of the fine detail is preserved.
This is the finished texture.
And now for a coat of paint. Even though the creature will be gray, I used a fleshy pink tone for the base coat. Why? Because in a red-blooded animal, some of that color will show through even the toughest hide.
The picture came out bluer than it should, but you can still see some of the pink underneath all that gray, especially in the folds.fav.me/d72lpmr