Once that has been completed, then, I have the dreaded job of the entire creative process to do...the SANDING! That is my least favorite part of the entire process. Well, I can't say it's my "least" really. To be honest, sometimes it is quite relaxing and you can loose yourself with the music and the constant steady grinding rhythm of the sandpaper. LOL And too, there are those times when your hands become cramped or that moment you realize you have a HUGE dusty mess to clean up afterwards. But, truthfully, it is all just part of the creative process, love it or hate it, you can't have one part with out the other!
At any rate, I am still not ready to do the sanding yet. But, once you see the pictures of where I am currently, you will see I am in fact nearing completion. As for the sanding, I will need to narrow down the sides of his nose and lip area. This I have already determined since I'm not as pleased with this part of his face right now. The nose and lips/mouth are too thick and wide in my opinion, and the nose needs to be a little tiny bit more pointed. Which, I will build that part up when I build out the sides of his jaw line towards the back section of his head. Of course it could be just how I am viewing it. Either way, I have learned with the creative process it is best to walk away from a project, no matter how big or small it may be, and come back to view it again with fresh eyes at a later date and time. This gives you a clearer viewing point to see areas of concern that could have a design flaw or any other problem. For example, one arm longer than another, one eye lower/higher than another, just about anything really. These types of issues you might not notice if you work on a project steadily for long periods of time without taking a break from it. And, sometimes, you notice them too late and you either end up starting over completely, or you have to back track to fix them and lose a lot of valuable time and/or materials.
Anyway, he is dry and ready for the addition of more clay, which is what I will be working on tomorrow. Once the clay is dry again and finally sanded, then I will paint him with gesso to seal up the paper clay. At this point, I will have to decide how I want to approach the completion of the project. I have been tossing around the idea of trying my hand at flocking. But, I'm really being torn here because my gut tells me I want to paint him some what fantasy styled. My heart feels subtle hues of soft pastels in ice blues, cool purples and hints of rose mixed with the white of the fur. The more I think of these colors, the more I like the idea of the cool, wintry effect they can really play with his character! It has been a battle of creative wills since I began this project and I am still not certain which way I should lean creatively for the project. *sigh* The decisions of a creative mind....will my muse ever listen to what my heart says? Probably not. LOL
So, here is where we are today on our polar bear. Granted, the pictures are not the best, but they are good enough to give you an idea. And, as all of you know, you can click on the picture to view a larger image. :-)
As you can see, he is a pretty large project and I am enjoying the process of creating him. It's not something I typically do, but I admit, it does open up some doorways for possible projects later on down the road. To say the least, I am still tempted to try my hand at flocking, though I don't know if it will be on this project or some other creature later on. Only time will tell. In the meantime, thanks for following along with me here at The Pixie Knoll. I would love to hear your feedback and comments! Feel free to chime in whenever you like. :-D