A while ago I decided that I needed a purely fun secret side project. I had always wanted to try making something in miniature with polymer clay and I found the Animal Battle sculpts of Maryanna Hoggatt @leetlewolf very inspiring, so I gave myself the challenge of rendering the mysterious yet flat painting of Judith II by Gustav Klimt in her trance after freshly beheading Holofernes.
She's only six and a half inches tall and a maximum of four inches wide, very tiny. And I have no real sculpting experience so she's of course not a piece of refined expertise but still, what a great subject for polymer clay and what fun it was to invent and behold her unseen side! Klimt's patterns and patterns I imagined for him are perfectly suited to the organic detail of rolled polymer.
The severed head of Holofernes was immensely fun to make and the tiny hair-thin bracelets took some patience. It all survived the scary 'bake' phase beautifully.
As a learning experience she's a sampler of mistakes and successes, a crash course in tiny character sculpting and a fun exploration beyond my comfort zone.
Artist Rachel Bray renders a Gustav Klimt painting in clay and slam dunks it.