Next I decided to attack the head. I drew the face and hair details on the blank and proceeded to sand the blank into a round shape concentrating on just the hair. What you can see is a Bart Simpson looking character with exaggerated lips and lower jaw, and yes I did trim her hair to avoid contacting the suspenders.
Next I provided relief for her face and chin. She is a little sullen looking with sunken eyes and penciled grimace. Remember that there whole head is about 3/4" tall, so there is a limit to the detail. I consider myself an automata maker not a miniature carving specialist! The right paint application will make her presentable.
Like the chicken feather detail, using pyrography to detail the hair also goes a long way to define a characters look. In this photo the burn marks are fresh and dominate the hair appearance, but with the right paint job she will come to life like a Clairol commercial!
You can see below that our little chicken lady stands just about 5-1/2" tall. Now she needs arms!
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