Sailboat Saga – Children Sculptures (work in progress)

The last update on my sailboat sculpture was about making the propeller to make the sailboat “fly”. This time I am going to share with you, my “work-in-progress” photos of the sculptures for the children who will be voyaging on the sailboat flying in the sky.

Work-in-progress photos of boy sculptureHere is the first sculpture I made for the sailboat. This is the boy sculpture for the “night” side of the sailboat. He will be the one “holding” up two more kids standing above his shoulders.

Sculpted face of boy sculpture next to sketch of the faceI really wanted to work on getting a good expression on the child’s face, like he is working hard to hold up the two other kids standing above him. I paged through some drawing books and some picture book illustrations and I didn’t really find what I was looking for as a reference. I got my camera and I tried making a variety of facial expressions to see if I could get one to help me draw out a sketch. I was making myself laugh when I saw how silly some of the photos of my expressions looked.

Child's sculpted faceThe next sculpture I started is the girl sculpture who will be standing on the shoulders of the first boy that I made. As I was sculpting the face for the girl, I became concerned that her face was turning out to look like a man’s face. In the larger view in the photo above, is the beginning of the face, the next photo in the top right-hand corner is the face after I dremeled away some of the face. And the last photo in the bottom right-hand corner is how it currently looks. There is still plenty of work to do on her face, but I am much happier with how it looks now than how it did before.

Work-in-progress photos of sailor girl sculpture

The third sculpture I’m working on is a girl sculpture for the “day” side of the boat. She is going to be the captain of the sailboat. In addition to these three sculptures I have started, I have four more sculptures to make. As the progress continues, I will post updates.

A few of the sculpted faces for the sailboat sculptureThe many faces of my sculptures and more to come. Stay tuned!

Please click on the thumbnail images below to view other “Sailboat Saga” work-in-progress articles.

Sailboat "Before"

Sailboat Propeller

Propeller Update

Man in the moon

Sun & Moon

About christine

A watercolor and sculpture artist and avid crafter/designer. Working creatively with my hands is what gives me joy and contentment and makes me want to get up in the morning.
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12 Responses to Sailboat Saga – Children Sculptures (work in progress)

  1. Caroline says:

    You’re amazing! You’re sculptures are amazing! Thanks for sharing how you created the facial expressions. I can just see you making faces in the camera for the perfect look. You should share those too!!! Keep up the fantastic work!!

  2. Wow….you are amazing. I cannot wait to see the finished product!

  3. traci says:

    AMAZING!!! You are really a talented artist Chrissy!! I love that you are posting updates to the progress. It really gives us an appreciation for the steps involved. Keep creating; it’s looking great! Oh yeah….I do think the girl has a girly face!

  4. jan marlan demetralis says:

    Fabulous ! Cant wait to see the finished project!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  5. jennifer thomas clark says:

    thanks for the remarkable photos. great job and continued success

  6. Lauren says:

    Hi Christine, I’m a stone sculptor who is looking for a sculpture project for sixth graders that doesn’t involve carving stones. I was wondering if you thought that this type of sculpture would be appropriate for 12 year olds… Also, what kind of wire is that?


    • christine says:

      Hi Lauren,
      I used Apoxie Sculpt for my sculptures. I think it would be a good medium for 12 year olds to work with since it is non-hazardous and fume free. The wire I used is a plastic coated aluminum wire that I found by the clothesline supplies at a local home improvement store.

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