There’s a book. It’s The Fiddle of Fire: Book 1. My friend wrote it, before he was my friend. ANYHOO. I’ve semi-recently joined a martial arts class taught by said author. As thanks for allowing me into the class and also as a Merry Christmas thing, I made one of his characters out of clay. The character is Urstinatta Badger. And just because I want to, I will explain the whole process of creating this figure.
First I made a tinfoil badger. I then covered it in white clay, added claws of gray clay, and eyes and nose of black. Using a pintool, I drew in small details like toes, nostrils, and whiskers. Then I formed small ears out of semicircles. Finally I attacked the whole thing with a wire brush for a fur effect. I took a thin, straight stick that had broken off a basket years ago and formed his left paw around it for a staff. I also decided he needed an apple – just because Urstinatta loves apples – so I covered a bead in a mix of two shades of red clay, added a little yellow around the top, and stuck on the stem.
While he baked in my oven, I found some gold paint and gold glitter glue and decorated the staff. After he finished baking, and while the staff was drying, I painted Urstinatta with craft paint, using a mixture of white, black, and brown only. I learned to mix paints quite well, and added some of my pearlescent stuff to the light gray to make his back sparkle. 🙂 Then I glued the staff into his paw.
I then found some scraps of red fabric and used part of this pattern to create a small cloak. After forcing it over his head and determining how it would fall over his shoulders, I glued some folds into it. Turned out better than I hoped.
Detail of apple. Remember this is purely clay, not paint. I only painted it with clear nail polish.
Yep. Urstinatta Badger. P.S. Go buy the book and read it so you know who Urstinatta is.