Having done a number of cosplay-realted projects with a material called Worbla, I wanted to try making a straight sculpture with it. Worbla is a material that comes in sheets and when heated becomes sticky and plyable, like modeling clay, then becomes strong and hard when it cools down.
Earlier in the year I had created this image for a bookstore mural and I wanted to see if I could make a 3-D version of this guy:
After making the head and neck separately, I made a simple armature using coat hanger wire and styrofoam craft balls. Thinner gage wire was used inside the arms, fingers and the edges of the wings.
The legs were also made with wire with small chunks of Worbla wrapped around it and shaped accordingly.
After filling a few holes and awkward spots with a tiny bit of spackling paste he received a thin coat of primer.
The start of the painting process on his belly and wings.
Starting to paint in the details.
And here he is finished. A few details were painted in with an airbrush. There is also a glittery coating that was used in places, then the whole thing got a coat of clear gloss.
Here he is from the back.
I’m not sure he’s going to like the ending.