The alien queen's head is looking better. I'd talked with my instructor for on Tuesday night about issues around how to do the eyes. Since I'd never seen the eyes in any pictures, my assumption was that they were protected by the armor plating. So my instructor pointed out that forming some shadow areas around where the eyes would be might prove useful at implying the presence of eyes without actually trying to figure out how to draw them out. Her point being that without any idea of what they should look like, it would be extremely difficult to pull off a good rendition that wouldn't detract from the overall presentation. By using darker paint under the armor plating, it would allow the viewer try to guess what the eyes look like. Interestingly enough, I discovered that HR Giger explicitly designed the alien(s) to not have eyes. His reasoning being that the creature is even more terrifying if you can't see where it's looking. Quite true I would say.
We also talked about paper mache clay afterward. I mentioned I had mixed up a recipe I found over on and used it to form the ridges along her skull. The problem was that the clay was heavy. Once again, my instructor had something useful to add. She showed me a new batch of clay they had just ordered called Sculptamold. It's easy to shape, dries hard and can be sanded or painted. Most importantly, it is light weight. I went home a did some research. A quick check turned up a local supplier who carried the Sculptamold in three pound bags. The following evening, I dashed down to the supplier and grabbed a two bags to be on the safe side.
Ultimate Paper Mache. I used about two pounds to build up the area around her maw. I added too much weight in my opinion but this is a learning process so things like that are going to happen. Nonetheless, she definitely has a unique look. By the way, the head is about three feet long from the back to the front. When I add on the pharyngeal jaw, she's going to be nearly four feet in length. Supporting the weight with this size of an object is going to be difficult. Especially since I didn't add think beforehand to add anything for suspension harness attachment points. Live and learn.
It won't have free time until afternoon as I must work on the contract. When you're a contractor, there are no three day weekends (since this is Memorial Day weekend), holidays or any sort benefits. Oh well, such is life. Tonight, I'll dive back in to constructing the tail as I need about another three feet of length on it. Gesso needs to be applied to the front part of her head too for covering the Sculptamold. Then there's the teeth, claws, arm and leg details..., it never ends.