Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Anna and Elsa Chibi Sculptures (V1.0 and V2.0)

Anna and Elsa V1.0

These are part of the first chibi sets I did over a month ago. I was just starting to get the hang of handling cold porcelain so they were kind of distorted in some parts. What frustrated me the most then was braiding their hair.

This is one of the disadvantages of using cold porcelain over polymer clay. It was very difficult to handle and manipulate because of two things - it could be too soft, and it hardens fast . I had to experiment, try different techniques and repeat the whole braiding process (many times) just to make it look like 'the real thing'.

I was actually glad about the outcome but I felt like either there's something's missing, too much or something's quite not right and that I had to make another set because I know that they could still be improved.

Here's a photo of my Anna and Elsa chibi sculpture V2.0 (with Olaf)
Anna and Elsa V2.0 (with Olaf)

Spot the difference? This time around, I made their eyes more detailed, and the braid better. I discovered that I don't have to 'braid' the hair literally. Guess what I did instead? I rolled the cold porcelain to make a thin strand, and cut small round pieces. Then, I glued them together, molding each one into a teardrop-like shape as I go along in creating the braid. Even their costumes have improved a lot!

So you see, practice (and a lot of experimentation) is key. :D

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