I’ve been thinking for a while about writing a post just about my fun monster sculptures, which I called Fizzlings, and how they evolved and I also wanted to do a little give away competition as I have made so many and they need proper homes! So keep reading to find out how to win one of the three you see here!
Making my little creatures began last when when I had been playing with Polymer Clay Fimo for a while, just bored after making loads of mini charms. I, as always, wanted more of a creative challenge and to make something bigger, so I started with these oddly shaped characters. I added little metal bits lying around, giving them personality.
Each creature I made was an improvement on the last, but I wanted to make something more substantial. I watched sculpting videos on YouTube (a great resource) bought a variety of books on Polymer Clay and sculpting, and began using an armature of wire and foil inside my sculptures. This is when my creatures started to get bigger and take on a proper form. I had been sketching rough ideas now and planning my work more, thinking of themes, embellishments and colour.
Each new creature I made I wanted to try a new style. I experimented with the shapes of the tails and positions, different scales using canes to add interesting patterns, and with colour combinations like bright on black. I also began adding other elements to my clay, like beads, gloss, gold leaf and metal charms. Below are some of my creatures as I made them, the pink and purple one first.
As you can see, they are all very different! One thing I struggled with where creating feet. I looked a different creatures for ideas, from lizards and deer to sea creatures. I wanted to give the sculpture stability but found it a struggle to know what direction these things were going in. It was very frustrating. Also partly because I am impatient and I want to spend time decorating my creatures!
I called them Fizzlings because I was brainstorming ideas and wanted something fun and quirky, something that felt move like a movement and fizz felt like a good fit. They fizz and shimmer and pop in all the different incarnations!
I’ve learnt to focus more on the structure, smoothing the joins and building a sturdier skeleton. Below are two of my most recent creatures which I made with Super Scupley rather than Fimo and painted with black Gesso and Comsic shimmer. Super Sculpey is a dream to work with, it’s easy to smooth and gives a really nice texture. The downside is that you don’t get the same intense colours you would with Fimo.
Competition time! I am giving away three of my Fizzlings above to three lovely people and all you need to do is comment either on my blog or my Facebook and say why you would like one and which you would like! I will try to get the winners the one they want the most as well! Good luck and thanks for supporting my artwork and blog 🙂