I then drew on the facial contours and hatched them out in the same way.
Ears will be adding onto the block once the face is carved.
The finer details of the nose, mouth and eyes were created using a smaller snap blade craft knife.
The ears were carved to shape before sticking into place with pritt stick and covering with a further layer of brown gummed paper. This was not an ideal solution (Bostic two part adhesive is the best glue) but I had limited resources at home and this provided a firm join.
The entire head was primed with two coats of white paint before painting. Be careful what paints you use on styrofoam, I used water based acrylic which will not cause it to melt, if you want to use other paints then cover the sculpture in several layers of papier mache before painting.
This picture clearly shows how the head will be operated.
The head after painting and the addition of a mane. This was the left over sheepskin from the Judy puppet.
Glue the neck to the back of the head (I secured it into place with dressmakers pins while the glue set) and finally brush the hair into place with your fingers.
The final article!! Perfect for a chat over the fence.