Self-Portrait of myself as a Dr. Seuss character. A few weeks ago I posted Karen Lou Who, a sculpture of my fiance as a Dr. Seuss character, this week it’s my turn.
I had to make the matching figure to go with Karen Lou Who. I started with a wooden skewer for support then roughed out the basic shape.
There were a few liberties I had to take with my sculpture over the drawing. I made the sculpture a little fatter…because we’re all getting older. And the legs a little thicker and shorter, the feet a little bigger to support the weight of the clay above.
I used a wire for the inside the arms and I have to admit, I didn’t really think it through. The arms became a bit of a problem. The weight of the clay on the wire caused the arms to want to settle in a position other than what I wanted. I used half a toothpick to secure the right hand to the body to solve that problem.
Then it was time to paint…
I was really coming together at this point…but I still needed my glasses. Luckily I had some thin wire kicking around. I bent the wire into shape and glued on the lenses. I wasn’t very confident that the glue would hold, so I added some clear acrylic gel to help hold the lenses to the wire. Unfortunately, the glasses aren’t as clear as I would have liked, but I couldn’t complain.