After watching the awesome tutorial made by NerdEcrafter http://youtu.be/W2zbDnO47BU
I was inspired to try my own hand at making a dancing Groot
Due to accessibility issues, AKA my parents not wanting the house roaring hot from the oven and stinking, I made my Groot out of air dry clay. This presented some major issues for me (drying out too quick and cracking,) but I was able to overcome them.
I first started off with a wire frame and lumped a large amount of clay around it o make the base of the figure. BTW the base I'm using is a Styrofoam piece cut to fit into a 4" pot which I inverted. I later used it in the actual pot.
I then started making long snakes and attached them to the base to make a vine/bark effect. This is where I had some issues with the clay drying out too fast. I also molded the hands. They turned out a bit to large for my liking but I'm okay with it.
I then molded the head and plunked it on the base. The branches coming from the head were going to be impossible to make out of the clay so I put wires in the head for a solution later on.
After the figure had dried I had some of the long snakes break and around the neck had cracked as well.
No problem! I used some light molding paste as a repair/ crack filler. I ended up covering the entire piece in this. It gave a slight rough texture which added to the bark effect.
After allowing that to dry I then painted the entire piece in a basecoat of brown acrylic paint. Then I went to town with a small brush and various shades of brown and some green to drybrush some details into the piece. I also glued some moss to the head to act at the branches. Sorry! Forgot to take pics of this part.
Pop him into a white painted pot and he's done!!!
Closeup of the face. I used some clear nailpolish on the eyes to make them glossy. I like the contrast of the glossy eyes to the matte paint on the body.
Closeup of the main body. You can see the drybrushing I did. I'm not the greatest at this but I'm pleased with how it turned out.
Please let me know what you think!