I did some old school head modeling by creating a robot papier mâché head based on a sketch of mine. All I used was a balloon, several cardboard box pieces, a string and many, many layers of paper, water and glue. You can see some original character sketch of Isaac here.
Papier Mâché Heads & other endeavours
Maybe some of you remember how I posted the character sketches of Isaac and Glubsch last year. I don’t know if I ever mentioned it, but when I first drew Isaac, the robot, I had a tough time picturing his head in a three-dimensional way.
Even back then, now almost two years ago, I thought about building his head once, so that I could easily take it as a real life model and sketch from it and maybe even do some lightening experiments.
Now this summer I started on this endeavor by putting together several cardboard pieces taken from wrappings and boxes.
Activating memories of my elementary school days and the tips and tricks passed on by various teachers and babysitters, I found some neat ways of getting rather close to my original sketches.
Unfortunately, Isaac’s head still got a bit uneven, because the transition between the straight card box part and the round balloon part is rather tricky. I might fix that by building a digital model, but for now I’m rather happy with the outcome.
I especially like how I finally came to fix the sides of head and making them more realistic than they were in the original sketch. To be honest I really had no idea of what I was doing, after drawing the face in a frontal perspective. I sort of had pictured the “cheeks” to look like the do in the model now, but didn’t have the courage to go for it because I thought them to be a bit bland and boring. But now that I was able to see, that there’s really no other or better way of building them, I’m fine with it.
And this gets me quite ahead on creating a continuous character as I planned him to be.
And since this thing was planned as a nice Christmas post from the very beginning on, I just had to dressed the little fella up.