Papier mache Judy head

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Papier mache Judy head

Postby Alessandro Toccaceli » 20 Nov 2011, 20:32

Here you my last papier mache Judy head, quite finished

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Re: Papier mache Judy head

Postby lesclarke » 01 Dec 2011, 11:12

I really enjoy seeing work at various stages of production, and I find this head interesting to look at.
I've looked at the pics several times and tried to work out why it 'works' for me.
The shapes are all rather subtle, flow into each other, longish chin, bit of a chunky nose, nothing extreme in the modeling but still produces a characterful face. Perhaps it's the eyes that pull it all together?
Then again I suppose it's the relationship between all the elements, but the eyes certainly make it look 'awake' and about to do something.
As if I haven't got enough to do today, with all I've got to do today.
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Re: Papier mache Judy head

Postby Alessandro Toccaceli » 01 Dec 2011, 17:32

The problem is that I have to keep them more naive and less cartoony...
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Re: Papier mache Judy head

Postby Richard Coombs » 02 Dec 2011, 15:28

Alessandro ...WHY ? Who says you have to make them less cartoony . or less anything?

They are yours ..your own style ...and they are quite Wonderful .

Change Nothing ...

Make some more ! .....

Post the Pictures ! :-)))

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Re: Papier mache Judy head

Postby Alessandro Toccaceli » 02 Dec 2011, 22:55

Thank you Richard,
I appreciate your support!
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Re: Papier mache Judy head

Postby Chris » 03 Dec 2011, 17:46

Also you can't keep them more naive you know. Naive either is or isn't. Once you've lost it you never get it back.
I saw it in a paintings for sale in Puerto Rico - wonderfully alive, with vibrant colours, and totally unselfconcious about the lack of formal drawing ability. Naive and childlike. They were wonderful, because nobody had told them about perspective, and vanishing points, and proportion, and colour theory. It's what makes some kids' paintings so appealing. But you try and paint like a kid - it just doesn't work. Your critical qualities click in and you lose the innocence. And should anyone offer those artists drawing lessons their technique will improve but their peculiar charm will have gone forever.
Primitive art, be it painting or carving, only retains its charm as long as the artist is unaware that he is primitive. Naivety, lacking experience and sophistication, cannot be recovered and is extremely difficult to fake.
Richard is right, you must stick to the style you have found, and develop it.
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Re: Papier mache Judy head

Postby Trevek » 05 Dec 2011, 12:01

Lovely stuff. She does have a slight resemblance to Edwina Curry (a British politician of some years ago)
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Re: Papier mache Judy head

Postby Chris » 05 Dec 2011, 13:39

Although not so much like Edwina Currie, a British politician of some years ago.

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Re: Papier mache Judy head

Postby Trevek » 05 Dec 2011, 13:56

Ah, my memory is fading. Still never one to Currie favour, I won't make a Major affair of it. :D
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