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Creating Moorigan

This post will be updated until Moorigan is finished. Please check back again soon – I work on Moorigan almost every day.
After finishing the Trap Stone, I was confident enough to try a fully figured sculpture. Since it’s been a while since I have done one, 6 years to be exact, I knew that constructing a stable basic wire skeleton and fixing it permanently onto a base was key.

I had a figure in mind with 4 arms and broken wings. Some mystical creature. Skinny, creepy and crawling onto a branch.

The Legend of Moorigan, an Irish mythology, really fitted the idea of this sculpture. Moorigan (Phantom Queen) is a figure that represents doom, death or victory in battles and is often incarnated as a raven. She is said to scare enemies and encouraging warriors in battles.

I started of with searching a wood loaf or a bigger branch. I ventured out into nature and found lots of inspiration there along with a freshly cut birch branch. As I looked at it from all angles I was able to „see“ what I wanted to create.
So me an my kids went back home after this wonderful trip out into the woods.

A birch also represents a new beginning and I thought that it was beyond fitting to start a sculpture again after so many years.

I started of with this weird looking thing. I sculpted hands and feet and cured them to gain stability within the figure.

Fixed butt crack on the left buttock

I went on to sculpt the arms and legs. The first problems happened when the butt cracked during curing but I was able to fix it fairly easily. Next up are the shoulders and connecting both pieces with the torso.

Building the torso is taking quite a while because it needs to be fitted perfectly onto the already finished arms and legs. Two wires are put in place for the arms.

It is finally looking like something. The torso is connected to the arms and legs. Now it needs the second set of arms, its wings and then I will finally do the most exciting part. Designing the head. (The hair will probably be the most trouble, because sculpting hair is hard… ) Anyway, I am excited of the progress and can’t wait to get back to sculpting. 🙂

This post will be updated as soon as I made more progress.

Monia Baillieu is a professional illustrator and sculptor from northern Germany. Her illustrations are mostly eerie or haunted themed. Occasionally she creates some funny comics as well or ventures out into graphic novels. Sculptures are created with polymer clay and fit into the overall theme of her works.  

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