November 19, 2011

November Projects

I have been quite busy this fall, but still working on a lot of projects. I feel as though most of my interest has been in 3d work recently.

Recently I bought a Carving and Engraving bit kit for my Dremel and have been working on bone carvings. This one is on a damaged fox jaw, textured with ink washes to make a "New Paleolithic Artifact".

Also I've been working on my basic taxidermy skills. I have a number of ideas but I'm only just now feeling confident enough to begin them. This mink was a great confidence booster. Even though it still has problems, it's close enough to work I've seen elsewhere to encourage me to start my next project. Here he's just sitting on a bookshelf, I'm not totally sure what I want to do with him.

I've been working on another reconstruction Sculpey project, slowly. This one is a vole, and I'm trying to complete the whole skeleton. Here's the current state of that project, It's been very difficult as the sculpey only sticks to the bone in a limited way until its fired, so it took me a long time to get the ribcage section. Since these photos I've finished the vertebral column and rebuilt the viscera inside, as well as worked on getting the neck muscles on.

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