What book its it? Why, it's Rudy Toot-Toot, by yours truly! The sand version slightly thicker than the print or Kindle versions.
The sculpture is slightly incomplete (about 95%)...a thunderstorm popped up and I had to abandon my efforts in the final details in order to not get hit by lightning. I guess I'm not the world's most dedicated sand artists, but at least I survived to sculpt again. It may be a while, since we are leaving first thing in the morning.
Here's a play by play on how I created the reader:
|Step 1- Make a rough outline.|
|Step 2- Make a huge pile of sand. This took 15 minutes.|
|Step 3- Add water. I dumped about 8 buckets full of water on the pile. The water makes the sand stick together better.|
|Step 4- Make a rough shape. Basically, remove sand until I have the shape I want. It's rare that I add more on to the pile.|
|Step 4- Front view. The head is exaggerated, because I will whittle it away. Start big and refine the sculpture as detail is added.|
|Step 5- Detail. I have a paint scraper to make cuts and fine lines. Making angled cuts at the bottom where the sculpture meets the beach creates shadows, which add depth to the work and keep it from getting washed out in the pictures.|
|Head-on. This was bigger, so I could put more detail in the face than my mermaid had.|
|Reading over his shoulder- Rudy Toot-Toot by Rick Daley!|
|Angled view, I like the way the shadows fall on this one. My son Vic is in the background.|