As I posted on my fan page on Facebook, I had to cut the face off of my rider and redo it. I thought you might enjoy seeing how a face evolves - at least, the way I do it.
My rider started out with just a piece of clay shaped vaguely like a head, with eyes, nose and mouth just roughed in to give me a place to start. I left her like that while I worked on her body and clothes, the horse and saddle. Now I'm back to working on the rider's face.
After I realized the head was too big, I spent some of that time away from it trying to figure out what to do about it. I finally realized I was going to have to cut off the entire face. Argh.
And so I made a new face on my rider. Here's where she is today:
She still needs some work, but she looks a lot more like my customer now! You may notice she has an open-mouthed smile now. In every photo I have of my customer, she has an open-lipped smile which is very pretty but darned hard to sculpt. I tried giving her a closed-mouth smile so it would sculpt more easily but gave up on it. The horse is flying and she should look like she's having fun, so an open smile it is!
I don't have the right lighting in the studio to show the detail of her eyes, but they look better than they do in these photos. I'm going to re-measure to make sure I have them at the right height. From the side they look fine but from the front, they look too high-set. Argh . . .
The mare has ears, a forelock and complete mane now, and I've started detailing it. That's a lot more fun than fighting with tiny details in the face, but boy, fighting with those details is worth it.
Hope you've enjoyed watching "the evolution of a face"! I'll post new pics as she continues to evolve.