Re: My Headless Jack (Sparrow voodoo) Doll
Thanks for the compliments ever body, and special thanks for your input and encouragement!
This turned out to be quite lengthy, so you might want to put the kettle on and have a nice cup of tea and a long sit down for this!!
The sketch has helped immensely--many thanks!! I just can't "see" things like that, can't break 'em down to components. I've been working on the head I have, as the polymer is rather easy to carve......I have carved off some of those chubby cheeks to narrow the head up a bit. And have wiped the eye sockets. I am not opposed to starting at square one yet AGAIN
, but thought I would try to salvage "pretty boy" as the hair/wig and beads are already attatched. And I carved off the chin--I was originally going to go with the regular mouth as per the El Capitan display doll, but when my friend did the screen caps, all the SU dolls have the "O" mouth, so I gave in to doing the "O" mouth, but for some reason never figured out this left the chin too "long"! I will get a pic of it as soon as I work on it a wee bit more.
I'm not as concerned that it look like wood as I am that it look like the doll! The polymer is easy to work with and at least something I know a little about and is working out okay for me. That wood clay, well, it is a lot different from the polymer. It is an air dry clay and I can't work that fast!! It works good for "take away" sculpting, but it doesn't do good for "adding on" sculpting, well at least not at this wee size-- i. e. the nose fell off!!! I think they do still make that plastic wood. Remember working with it in school. Made a puppet head (small, goose egg sized). It's ....what?...solvent based?--stinks!! It dried rock hard and solid though, very tough stuff after it dries.
Thanks for posting the pics of your Little Jack voodoo doll, Cristian. He is much more than just "quite okay", he is so adorable. And you put him together with such ease.....I guess being one of the most knowledgeable persons out there--make that THE most knowledgeable person out there on the subject of Jack and one of the best impersonators and most probably the most SA Jack costume that exists outside of Disney and Cosplay---that might have helped some in making the doll, yes?
Yes, I have perused your Indy voodoo doll tutorial at length, particularly how you did the head. I tried two carvings. My friend suggested "just go out in the yard and get a stick and carve it".....and that is basically what I did. Though it was actually a big chunk of pine mulch from my neighbor's tree ring!! I don't really have any proper carving tools (so what else is new!!
) and it just remained too flat, I couldn't manage to get any contour to it. Gouged out some eye sockets, plowed out a bit of a nose and rounded the chin area was about all I could manage with it.
I tried it in balsa wood, but I guess the piece I had to work with was just too soft of a piece. No luck getting anything with that, knife would just go too deep too fast and slice off or dig out too much all the time.
>>Show us how the first try turn out, and we can guide you on the first as to where you can improve.
HA!!! Have you actually lived as long as you wanted to, Alan!?! For you will surely DIE laughing!!!!!!!!
BUT, what the hey, I do NEED the help!!! So, here are the heads I made to completion, two or three went right in the trash. Sixer (I'm gonna call him, thanks Terra Nova!?) he's not as smooth as he looks in that pic I already posted with the other heads.....it's out of focus and before I put on the facial hair and eye brows. The face is actually rather rough. (this is actually a GROWTH moment, as it goes against ever fiber in my being to publicly show FAILURE!!, yeah, nutz me!!)
I didn't at first like that "sex doll" mouth and vowed NOT to make it, until I found out that all the SU shots are the "O" mouth, so I finally just gave in to it, and now I have actually come to like it!? Go figure.....But all the other heads I made, I made with the regular mouth and on top of flubbing everything else up, that just never looked right because all the other ref images have the "O" mouth.
From the pic below.......Numbers 1 and 4 went to their final fate at the city dump!! Number 2, the wood clay--Don't shoot till you see the WHITES of their eyes :lol, I find out not only can I not sculpt, I can't paint eyes either!! Number 3, the wood carving--too flat, still can't paint eyes or the mouth or the facial hair.....BUT strangely, "he" does resemble to me a real life Jack that I know?! Which brings up another point that perplexes me. I've been looking at the dear Captain for like 3 years now and I thought this would come more easy to me!!!
Number 5, Mr. Cock-Eyed I call him (affectionately, of course!), is a failed experiment in "cheating"! I was so frustrated with my eye painting abilities, or rather the lack there of, I printed a pic of one of the heads and cut out the eyes and glued them in the sockets. Smile for the camera, CE!!
And that brings me back to baby face, Sixer. This pic after he was "finished", wigged and all. My, he IS a chubby boy!!
Okay, too much typing and not enough working on the doll.....!
Nose back to the grindstone, then.......
Any other suggestions anyone can give me will be most appreciated.