I just read Stephen King’s DOCTOR SLEEP, his semi-sequel to THE SHINING. The villain, Rose the Hat, is an immortal psychic predator who feeds on the “steam” of children with the shining. Seemingly beautiful, her true face has one long, tusk-like tooth and, serpent-like, she can open her jaw so wide it touches her chest.
I was probably too literal in visualizing it, but the image of the saber-like tusk struck me and wouldn’t leave.
I made this mini-bust with a mixture of Super Sculpey, black and white Sculpey III and Sculpey Firm over an aluminum wire and foil armature. I also used a mixture of Super Sculpey and Apoxie, the recipe for which can be found here. This combination created a self-curing, water-thinned, more durable material that I used for the tooth and the hair loops, which would have been difficult with regular Super Sculpey. It’s a great material with the only downsides being a shortened working time and less self-adhesion.
I’m reading this book right now and was curious to see how others had visualized Rose in this form. Nicely done – the author described her in such a way that I couldn’t get that image out of my mind.
Yeah, when I read it I was having a hard time getting my head around that “one long tooth” description because, other than narwhals, I couldn’t think of any mammals with teeth that aren’t paired symmetrically. Initially the description actually sounded ridiculous, not scary. But then I started thinking about it less as a human tooth and more like a tusk, then began to see how it might work.
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I am also reading the book, and that sculpt gives those monsters sort of low edge what they were, Eaters of shamefull treats. Excellent work.