Janne Robberstad

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A painted face

By spotogspindel | November 20, 2010

The head I made last week is dry, and today I painted it. I used DAS-clay, partly because it is easy to sculpt in, and partly because I really like the effect of paint on it.

I´ve used acrylics here, mixed with matte medium, to make the colors see-through that way I can layer it on gradually, have more control over the coloring process. My favorite part is almost when the paint seeps into every little crack to make the tiniest wrinkles. It just adds so much life, I think.

The colors I´ve used are quinacridone burnt orange and quinacridone nickel azo gold mixed with burnt umber and payne´s grey. (Or in other words: red, yellow, brown and blue…) Since I spilled paint in the eyes, I used white to make them light again. Oh, and the color changes on all these pictures, because I am still figuring out my new camera.

Adding shiny gloss over the eyes makes such a big difference. It brings the doll to life!

The hair helps too. Now it´s a man. And now it´s a woman.  I really like Andrew suggestion of it being an old ballet-dancer sulking in the dessert over his lost love.  however I´m not sure if the clothing supports that story… I´ve used sheep-skin for hair, by the way.

Here is the finished hand-puppet. So far. I´m not too excited about the short arms, although that is a necessity with regards to the basic pattern/function/design. I will be thinking about it though, trying to find a way to make it work with longer, more elegant arms. Any suggestions?

Topics: Diverse | 7 Comments »

7 Responses to “A painted face”

  1. gail Says:
    November 20th, 2010 at 12:47

    What a transformation!

  2. spotogspindel Says:
    November 20th, 2010 at 14:40

    Oh, you should absolutely try this with your grand-kids. It´s so much fun! Use a relatively thin layer of clay, though, as it takes some time to dry…

  3. lulu Says:
    November 20th, 2010 at 20:46

    Here’s an idea for the arms: make them longer, stuff the lower portion, leaving enough open at the upper arm for the thumb and finger to fit in snuggly. Love the lifelike character of this puppet! : ) lulu

  4. michelle Says:
    November 22nd, 2010 at 03:58

    awesome! your pictures are looking great too! love all the detail in the face, he looks authentically aged.

  5. spotogspindel Says:
    November 22nd, 2010 at 18:46

    That´s one of my favorite things with the paper-clay, how the paint seeps into every little crease, to make faces look wrinkled.

  6. andrew finnie Says:
    November 22nd, 2010 at 23:43

    Well the arms make it kind of dwarfish which puts it out there and adds character. Maybe the hands could be bigger (no I don’t know) but I think the piece looks wonderful, even without the hat.

    Now where is my Das?
    I make things out of paper mache but the mice eat them. I must add too much flavouring 🙂

  7. spotogspindel Says:
    November 23rd, 2010 at 18:42

    I think I want him/her to have long, slender arms, like Gandalf in lord of the rings. Or somebody else with dignity. I think I´m gonna try out Lulu´s idea. Thanks, Lulu!