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Lil’ Baby Girl

I’ve been working on a new character–a much younger version of my usual Lil’ Girl.

And with the cartooning class I am taking–and a possible job opportunity to illustrate a short whiteboard movie–I have been motivated to get her perfected, quickly. Part of our homework this week was to put together a model sheet of one of our characters, showing them from different angles.

Here is what I came up with for Lil’ Baby Girl.

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Rough sketches to figure out the proportions and expressions

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Learning how to “ink” my drawings with old-fashioned brush and ink

Back to lil’ clay plates

I spent an afternoon returning to my love of the lil’ plates. This go around, I used the flowers with concave petals and included a different cute insect on each plate. 😉

The pottery studio that I now go to at Jefferson Community Center in Beacon Hill has a full size slab roller. I have only used the table-top version until recently, and now I am in Heaven! I also got a clear sense of how long these babies take to make; I made 6 plates in 3 hours, not including the time it will take me to glaze them after they come out of the kiln. That’s 30 min each.
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As you can see, two of the plates are a little bigger than the others because I stubbornly insisted on rolling out the clay more until they were the size I wanted, which made the plates thinner, inevitably spreading out too much when I did the pressing and molding. It would have been better had I just started again with a little more clay so I could cut them at the consistent thickness. Lesson learned.