I remember watching The Mummy (1999) movie when I was still a very small kid. My dad had bought the DVD and he was watching it in the living room. Naturally, the rest of my family, me included, joined him.
When the Mummy first "came to life" on the screen, I freaked out. I mean its only natural that a little kid would be scared. I was so scared that even looking at the cover of the DVD later on would creep me out. It was only after a few years later, when my dad decides to re-watch the film that I started to appreciate and fall in love with the movie.
The sets, the props, the compelling motivation of the villain, they were all beautifully done.
Fast-forward to present day, when I was loitering around the art store, I found some ceramic jars on sale. They were dirt cheap. Some the design and shapes of those jars just reminded me so much of the canopic jars from the movie.
Feeling really inspired, I grabbed a bunch of them home and started doing rough sketches of different designs.
Using some leftover paper clay I had from previous projects, the "head" was roughly molded and sculpted. As the clay used was air-drying clay, I had to wait for about a day or two before I can really start carving and sanding in the details.
Some polygon shapes were sketched onto the piece to help guide me through carving out the features. I was going for a bit of a rough and old look, so I decided to chip away some parts of the ears and carved in some scratches/ cracks. The final finish of the piece was left rough without much sanding. The patterns were then hand brushed roughly onto the piece using gold acrylic paint.
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