When I was a kid, I had grandparents who were very fond of the theatre, and who made sure that I and other family members
were able to experience live shows at the "big theatres" in Los Angeles as the occasion called for it. Of course, that
also meant going to more dinner-theatre shows than I would've done on my own. Time has made my memories of some
of them a bit hazy. To this day I remember Showboat, Annie Get Your Gun, and the Unsinkable Molly Brown as one big mega-story
with colliding plotlines, songs and characters.
Most of us didn't know ahead of time the plots of these plays. If they were new, none of us knew .
My grandparents had season tickets, so off we'd go.
Why give you my lifestory instead of "how-to?" There isn't as much to tell here. I used colored Super Sculpey,
my clay of choice for recent sculpting projects, mostly because I don't enjoy painting as much as I used to. And caricatures
are more fun (and easier!) than true likenesses.
Angela and George were My First, so I opted to caricature their look. Sweeney is in a typical Hearn pose: stiff,
hunched, locked in perpetual fury. And of course, splattered with blood. The "razor" is made of that clear, stiff
packaging plastic that every toy is encased in, attached to a rolled-up bit of Apoxie clay.
Mrs. Lovett was a bit more intricate. I decided to give her more delicate and expressive fingers than I'd
ever given a Sculpey figure before, considering that it was "just" a caricature. You can see in her profile how
the left fingers curl under each other. Her wooden "platter" is real wood and painted with a brown wash to make
it look grubbier and grainier.
Two different colors of Sculpey were rolled together, but not completely mixed so as to create the striped look to her
dress. The top part is still striped, but less noticeably. The trim was translucent Sculpey, which finally came
in handy. I also used that and some white to pale her appearance a bit. We must also pay homage to the silly buns
on her orange head.
Of course she has to be offering a savory and sweet meat pie. One made especially for you. Try a bite, dearie!