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How on earth have I missed this thread!? This is awesome! I'm totally enjoying watching the process from beginning to end. I have a great interest in sculpting, but have been somewhat intimidated to start as I've never really done sculpting before other than Playdough Snails! Someday I'm going to try something, and seeing WIP's like this really helps me understand the process. It was also a treat as I was visiting Mama Geek's website earlier and came across the finished Elizabeth, and never knew the WIP was on the forum. Thank you so much for posting this!

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So I spent last week sculpting Mary's Dress.  I decided that she just finished a twirl, adding action to her skirt.  Her tabbard is homespun, and so it has a texture.  You'll note that her attire is more simple than Elizabeth; she is much poorer than her older cousin.  In the last two photos you'll note that I underpinned her sleeves and started on her hair.  Tomorrow, I will sculpt her sleeves.  I should be finished with her by the end of the week, unless there are any changes needed.

 

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Let me know if you want clarification on any of the above steps.

 

Andy

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I'm not sure I could post any qurations of value! I just started making green stuff mushrooms the other day! Lol! Still, I love watching this process! Maybe you guys could kick start it or something. I'd love to paint some of these for my family!

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I know I've really enjoyed seeing this! I hope that I'll be able to do something to this level in the future. Pumped to see the finished product!

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Mary Done (pending Joy's approval, of course):

 

I wanted Mary to have more action than just standing still, so after conversing with Joy, I sculpted her as if she was just finishing a twirl.  I think this motion really helps convey the unbridled joy she has that we see in the Magnificat.

 

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Andy

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She's gorgeous!!!  I love the skirt and the veil!  The sense of movement is perfect.  Your idea for the swirling skirt was genius!

 

OK, I'm seeing a couple oddities that may be the photo angle or the glare.  Maybe you can clarify for me.  First is her face.  It looks like there's an odd crease on the side of her nose.  Is that photo glare, or a real crease?  Second is her sleeves.  They look like they're two different thicknesses.  Again, is that just the photo?  (I'm sure the sleeves would be easy to fix, the face less so if it's a real problem.)

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Face crease is just phoho glare, see the following (Bear in mind this is magnified many times over from the real deal):

 

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The sleeves are the same size, just the one has swung forward and one rearward with the centripital force of the twirl.  So from the front you see her whole left sleeve because it has swung forward, but the right sleeve you are looking at it in line with the swing.  From behind you can see the whole right sleeve and from there the left looks smaller.  Anyway, I felt this would add realism to the twirl, but if it is not translating right I can fairly easily redo the sleeves.

 

Andy

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I think the sleeves makes sense. Not that it's my opinion that really counts here *looks at Joy*

 

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She's beautiful!!!

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I'm good with both, Andy. Can you take a couple photos of the two figures together?

 

I can't tell you how very pleased I am with your work. It turned out so much better than I envisioned it. Beautiful! Beautiful!

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Photos with them together:

 

(Note that I had to raise Elizabeth a bit to put them on more or less level.  Elizabeth is actually about 2 mm taller than Mary though it got lost in the picture)

 

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Oh, they're so pretty! It's selfish of me, but I really hope you guys find a way to distribute these to the general public (even just the Reaper public :lol:)

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