|I used Sculpey modeling compound for the next step.
Sculpey has a nice, smooth clay-like texture that's easy to work with, but it
doesn't seem to take detail very well. That may be the material, the tools, or my
lack of experience with it.
I started the fleshing-out by
putting large ovoids of Sculpey where the major muscles would be, and blending them into
each other to form a smooth contour. To get the muscles in the right places, I
referred to my favorite art reference books: Drawing The Head & Figure,
and How To Draw Animals, both by Jack Hamm.
This part took less time than building the wire frame. The
figure looks a bit thin in places, but I was planning to approach the shape in several
stages, because I realized I had to visualize it more solidly first before I could finish
it. Not too surprisingly, I found that the closer I got it to the right shape, the
easier it was to get it the rest of the way. At some point the visualization centers
clicked in, and I could see it as a griffin-morph instead of an oddly shaped lump of clay.
Then I realized the head was wrong. Instead of an eagle, it
looked like a cross between a seagull and a dolphin. It tried really hard to resist
being fixed, so I took it off and did it over. I also realized I could just as
easily have made this mistake with the fursuit, if I hadn't done this step first.