A quick portrait

Day 2 of this pose.  Really, I only managed to spend a couple of hours on it.  Having done the prelim art sketches last week helped a lot.  However, it was really only in the last 20 minutes or so that I started to get into the groove… And then it was time to be done.

I’m starting to get a little more familiar with this wax.  It really is about keeping it as cool as possible–and yet still workable.  Everything just goes to mush once you have overheated the model, the tool or both.

Pictured you can see some of the tools I am using.  Alcohol lamp, steel tools (not unlike dentist picks), a lighter for the lamp, and a very porous sanding sponge. Still haven’t gotten the hang of hot sanding.  As mentioned above, it is very easy to overheat and then you just smear the surface rather than finish it.

I will probably work on this one a little further to smooth the forms and just practice the finer finishing.