Thursday, September 01, 2011

Cheyenne Dog Soldier

I've always been fascinated by the headdress worn by Cheyenne Dog Soldiers.  So, with the confidence gained with the Road Agent I thought I just might be brave enough to give it a try as it should be a real challenge.   Setting in the shop literally waiting for paint to dry I roughed out the head for the figure......a photo of it is in the Gallery section.  At the moment it looks more realistic than caricature but that will probably change the more it progresses.  Will probably do it as a bust as I'd like to get it done before the Dayton show and I still have quite a few pieces in the works I'll need to get done.
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The skull cap on the head will serve as a base for all those feathers which will be inserted individually.  I read where one headdress had a total of 400 feathers so this will be where the challenge comes in.  If it works it should really make an impressive piece.
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I'll keep you posted with photos as this things takes shape.  The Road Agent is setting waiting for the varnish to dry so I hope to have him up on the Blog tomorrow.    As always your comments are welcomed and appreciated.

2 comments:

  1. Sound like a lot of feather caving in your immediate future. Some of those headdresses and bustles are pretty elaborate things, should look great in a carving. And if it looks realistic, that's OK, nothing says a caricature carver can't have a few realistic pieces in the show as well, Kind f show 'em that yu are multifaceted. Looking forward to seeing the carving, couldn't pull p any pic of him in the gallery yet. Will check back later for a view.

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  2. Lynn:

    That Bodmer picture of the Dog Dancer (Pehriska-Ruhpa)has been a favorite of mine forever and although I could never take it on as a carving, you got quite a challenge. But I know you'll do it right! I'm with Slow Mover...having a realistic character in your carving repertoire can only add to your carving success. Good luck with all.

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