Shaping the Body...
The continuing story on making a simple automata character...
The next step is to start shaping the body from it's square block into a more shapely profile. First job is to round the lower part of the chicken costume into a round shape. I use a small sanding drum on a portable Dremel tool to symmetrically chew off the corners until things are rounded. I then smooth the entire surface by hand sanding using #120, 240, and 400 sandpaper.
The next job was to shape the body section of the girl. I shaped the torso into a smooth shape, and then using diamond bits on the Dremel tool cut the recess around her waist that becomes the top of the chicken suit bottoms. This need not be too deep, but it is a good feature to provide some interest and dimension to this small character. It will also provide a connection point for her suspenders.
Here are a couple of photos after this has been done. Notice the neck and the shoulders have not been shipped yet.
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