In my last post, I talked about making a mummified skull out of paper mache. In this post, I'm going to talk about putting the skull on a body. Reguar readers may remember the moulded paper skeleton I made a little while ago. I used that skeleton for this project.
Because I made the skeleton in a mould, it was simply a matter of gluing the bits together, adding some soft tissue, and painting it. I find it's easier to add skin to the torso before sticking the arms on, so in the first picture the mummified demon has skin, but no arms.
|Legs and some skin attached, but no arms or tail yet|
You can see how using the moulded skeleton means the ribs and shoulder blades are visible under the skin.
Another reason for using the mould is that I wanted the mummy to be partially skeletized. In this photo you can see how part of the skull, ribcage and pelvis are exposed. You can also see why I didn't bother to mould the extremities for this one. The hands aren't skeletal, and because it's a demon I gave it hooves instead of feet. I will get around to moulding the extremities at some point. Promise.
And here it is, all finished:
|Close up of the partially visible skeleton|
The skin was painted very simply with a mixture of burnt sienna and raw umber. Painting the bones was a bit more complex; I used white, burnt umber, ultramarine and yellow oxide to get that colour, with a thin burnt sienna wash over top.