Then it was on to a rabbit! Once again, I began with an armature made from an image of the skeleton. But this time it was even more difficult because the skeleton indicates much more going on with a rabbit body than what we actually see – which is basically a ball of fluff with feet sticking out. But I wanted the rabbit posable, so had to proceed this way.
There was an awful lot of filling space with wool, and I often worried about how much wool I was using. It’s not just the expense, but also that it seems a shame to “bury” perfectly good wool deep inside the body where it will never be seen. I’ve wracked my brain trying to think of an alternative. I’ve come up with a few but have rejected them. One was wrapping with strips of old felted wool sweaters. But those aren’t either easy or cheap to come by – at least not here in California where they’re not worn regularly.
So I persevered and here’s the result. For once, I found feet actually fun to make! I’d like to make many more rabbits. There are so many different breeds and colorings – an artist’s playground!