Thursday, January 13, 2011
Here we have three mini skulls I made this morning before sculpting the head of our nymph.
The left one is a closed mouth and then a few stages of the open mouth.
I use a mixture of translucent clay and white clay to get a more enamel-like look to the teeth.
The shape of the mouth will vary depending on the feeling behind it. You can close the mouth and have just a smile, or open the mouth for a laugh which shows some teeth, or a smile with a laugh which shows all the teeth.
Notice how the corners of the mouth pull back under the cheek and the skin between the jaws sinks in slightly where the jaw no longer supports it.
The lips both stretch and thin over the teeth as the smile widens.
When the smile broadens, the checks push up and force the lower lids of the eyes upward which tends to thicken them and make them run more horizontal rather than arching as they normally do. Creases may also appear at the corners of the eyes.
I altered this by adding a set of teeth over the existing teeth. I also decided that you should see this step so you know that no one gets it right the first time every time.
Have a great day!