Masks having a day out in the country with BigBigTrain,
filming for their new video.
After two weeks of short and frustratingly unsatisfying bursts of just a hour or so here and there, today I spent 6 hours on the job, in honour of International Commedia Dell ‘Arte Day. I think I have cracked it. Not finished but feel like my hands and eyes understand what they are doing now. Loads more practice needed but happily on the way. Have a real sense of 3D in the wood.
I should get to leather next week.
Into the Clay: first Day
Papering done (three layers) , waiting for the masks to dry in the moulds which takes some time with new moulds (wet plaster) and because of the winter cold.
Wood blocks being prepared for carving. Using the best quality pine I can find. It is not high-grown Alpine pine but the best I can easily find from the usual local sources. If it is no good enough, I shall just have to hone sourcing skills.