Resistance is Futile


Admittedly, this is not necessarily one of my best sculptures, but seeing as it was the first creation of mine in clay, I’d say the outcome is quite acceptable.
In fact, the learning curve with this was steep, mostly because I learned the hard way that there is more to sculpting than having an innate talent. If you work with the wrong material at the wrong scale, you will cause yourself all sort of grief. This happened to me with the initial piece.

The Face and main body were both sculpted in Prima Plastilina, a rather soft, oil-based clay. When it came to sculpting the detailed mechanical parts, this material failed miserably, or rather, I failed spectacularly at trying to bend it to my will.
I then decided to use a different, harder material, and all of a sudden I was able to get exactly where I wanted to.
This experience has held true for most all things when it comes to sculpting. Over the years I have learned that there is no wrong material; no material that simply won’t work. Usually, it is the application and the material that are in dissonance, and you either enlarge your piece, or you go for a different material that will hold more detail.

Painting this figurine brought another learning curve around the corner that I had fun (and some frustrating times) with. Overall, however, I am happy the way this borg turned out, even though, as I learned much later, there apparently are no fat borgs. And mine also seems to resemble Winston Churchill. Oh well.