The image below is a picture I took while I was still shaping gout the basic form of the piece. I built the head solid using an armature made of plumping pipes for support. I then cut it apart and hollowed it out. I made the base separately and attached the base and head when they were leather hard. I then went back and cleaned up the form. I like the process of solid building because I feel like i have more control over the shape of the piece and can change it easily if necessary, It also reduces the amount of stress on the sculpture that may have been created from using darts or attaching many sections.
More images of Queen America In progress to come. Especially of the building of the headdress and surface finishing.