Thursday, May 10, 2012

3D Final Project - Pele the Volcano Goddess

Our final project for my 3D class was to "invent" a character, sculpt that character out of Sculpey, and then create some form of environment to place the character.

My character was my interpretation of the Hawaiian volcano goddess, Pele. She is known for her extreme temper, incomparable beauty, and for having many lovers who she would drown in lava when she became jealous. One of her lovers was the husband of the ocean goddess Namaka, who chased Pele to Hawaii. On each island, Pele would stab at the ground with her staff, only to have Namaka flood her new homes with water. Finally upon reaching the Big Island, Mauna Loa, she was able to find high enough ground to make a home Namaka couldn't destroy; and it is there that she created Mount Kilauea.

I decided to depict her just about to strike ground as she is creating the volcano.

Sculpted from firm Super Sculpey and painted with acrylic paint. Environment made from wood base and expanding spray foam, then spray painted and painted with acrylic paint.

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