Meet Lindy! Lindy is 7″ tall and sculpted in air-dry LaDoll Premiere clay. She’s painted in acrylic paint and sealed with a matt finish acrylic spray.
I sculpted this bust in a two-day class with Australian artist, Linda Misa Linda Misa’s Blog . The class was hosted by another doll maker who opened her home to us for 2 days of friendship and creativity.
Linda is a very accomplished painter and doll artist. As a teacher, she’s patient and very generous with information. Everyone in the class sculpted and painted at a different level which must be a real challenge for a teacher. Linda helped each person as much or as little as they wanted.
Here are Linda’s examples of the type of bust that we could sculpt in the class:
I was inspired to take the class because I loved Linda’s painting style and hoped to bring her use of color into my work:
We started by pressing soft clay into one of Linda’s face molds to give us a head start with a basic face that we could modify.
We then built the back of the head and shoulders with clay over a foil and Styrofoam armature.
I forgot to take pictures while I worked, but this is Lindy once she was sculpted. I particularly enjoyed sculpting her hair.
She was then coated with black gesso to prepare for her final painting.
Lindy was painted with high quality artist paints and sealed with a matte spray. I tried to paint her in Linda’s colorful, expressive style.
You can add things to the wet clay and when it is all painted, it’s incorporated into the sculpture. I used real ric-rac and buttons on the sculpture’s blouse.
As a last note, a beautiful doll by Linda Misa happens to be included in the Summer 2018 issue of “Art Doll Quarterly.” This issue is especially good–look for it!