My First Art Doll! (work in progress #1)

For a while, I've been admiring the art dolls made by Miss Monster and Remjie.  They both do beautiful sculpture work, and combine them with hand-sewn  soft bodies and other elements to create amazing and adorable creatures and monsters.  Even though I don't consider myself a sculptor, like at all, I've wanted to try my hand at making one of these for a while.  Today I got the chance after finding myself waiting for sketch approvals and OKs on every commission on my current to-do list.  So I got out my clay I had bought a year or two ago (I told you, I've been wanting to try doing one for a WHILE) and just started sculpting.

This is what I have so far.  I didn't really have much of a plan going in - sort of doing the "let the clay speak to you" kind of thing- but what I ended up with was some sort of dragon-lion hybrid guy.  It still needs a bit more work; I want to add some paw pads to the hands, and the head needs teeth and a tongue, among other things.  I also need to make some feet, and possibly horns and ears.  I also need to figure out how I'm going to attach these to the soft body; something tells me just gluing them isn't going to be enough.  Research is forthcoming.

Regardless, I'm fairly happy with how this is coming out, especially given how rarely I do anything in 3D.  I'm just hoping this momentum continues long enough for me to finish him!