Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Down from the High Lonesome (p17) Subtracting, and Adding

Before I get started, I had a friend come in to see my studio and tell me good bye. Anchalee "Bell" Santiman, is from Tumbon Rangang, Thailand. She has spent the last few months working locally, She's heading home next week. Bell has been trying to teach me Thai... Yep that went good.

As I said in the video, I've remade the armatures, because I'm redoing the figures in wax. The clay is just to soft for high detail in faces, and hair. So I made the female armature a bit smaller than the male. Once made I start to add wax to the legs as I did on the cowboy in Bronc Stompin.

I've cleaned up the horses a bit and worked on the neck of the rear horse. Now I'm putting the saddle blanket on the front horse.

From the saddle tree up, I start to create the Santa Fe Saddle. This is the type of saddle used during the Mountain Man era. I'm making it out of wax.

Then using clay, I start the bear skin that will be over the saddle under the Mountain Man. Using one of my metal tools I start to put texture into the fur. Not sure if this detail will survive the creation of the Mountain Man, but I figure it's worth a do.

At the end of the day, I'm ready to start the Mountain Man tomorrow.