I usually post a lot of my progress shots and final photos of artwork on Facebook. Someone who follows my work there very kindly sent me the following clockbox last year.
It is such a wonderful piece that I had a hard time figuring out how to incorporate it into a piece. I set it aside for awhile, then earlier this year had a few mis-starts with it. Finally I thought that the story of Red Riding Hood would work well into it, with Red Riding Hood wandering through the forest in the top panel, with the Wolf leering at her from below.
So first I got to work on the Wolf:
This is one of my more complex heads; wolf snouts are rather tricky to do as they are narrow. Parts used in this include shoe formers, measuring cups, tart tins, a cake icing applicator, plus some very scary rusty metal for the teeth.
I put the Wolf into the box roughly where he might ultimately be, and did a bit of work on the forest:
Those of you who are familiar with some of my pieces will recognize the style of the forest. I use discarded metal sticks to form the trees, and then paint over them. A sun or moon gives a bit of form in the middle of them. Next to work on the forest some more:
I added in a ground level using some wood. This was a bit of a challenge, as I wanted it to have a natural sloping feel, and there weren’t really many places to attach the wood. I would eventually just bracket the back piece to the box, and glue the subsequent pieces together and to the front of the box. As they are so lightweight, it worked out just fine.
As you can see, the forest is purple at this point. I would later switch to a greener tone to clearly identify this as a forest, as the scenario has a somewhat abstract feel to it. Next to Miss Hood herself:
It was of course important to find a very red cloak. While looking for something else in a drawer, I happened upon this little cloak, which was both the perfect size and color. I fashioned her basket from the top of a kerosene lamp, and her body is made from a chess pawn and a metal ball (see the photo below for this):
At this point the biggest thing that needed to be worked on was the Wolf’s body. I used another shoe former for the torso, and two different styles of tongs for his claws/paws. Also changed his eyes to red, to better match Miss Hood above. As seen in the final photos below, the forest is green, which helps her pop out more.
I found it hard to capture all the details of this work with the photos due to the darkness of forest section, but hope these will give you a good idea of the overall feel of the piece. “Red Riding Hood” is a 21 x 12 x 6 inch shadow box artwork. This piece gave me the idea to do a series of Tricksters. Since the creation of this one, I have also created a Djinni and Raven, which will show up on this blog at some point or another.