Now, over the top of the armature that you’ve already seen, I begin to add paper twisted into rolls in order to flesh out the neck of the giraffe. By doing this, I’m imitating the musculature of the giraffe’s neck. The twists are first reinforced by wrapping with masking taped, then I hot glue them roughly in place.
With the shape established, I then cover the rolls with flat brown packing paper that has been folded into several layers in the shape of the area I’m covering. This paper is just stuff that I rescued from the trash in order to reuse and recycle! I also use a lot of masking tape for the under structure, partially for strength and partially for the relative water-resistant nature of it. That way, when I go over everything with papier-mâché later, the water in it won’t soak the brown paper beneath.
I still have to flesh out the head, and you can see that I have begun to do that, but in the next post I’ll focus on that process. What animal sculptures does this inspire YOU to try?