squirrelly squid got chubby from all those water chestnuts and will require more sculpey and smoothing to be presentable to the other creatures of the deep.
looking appropriately round and with all his tentacles. 2.18.19
Squiddley's painting evolution.
Meet Dimitri, the squirrelly squid.
these garden friends were so fun to make. i don't usually dive in without a plan, and i suppose i had an *idea* of what i wanted to do, but instead of sketching first, i just went straight to sculpting these rascals. they are super sculpey over foam balls and aluminum foil.
this creature's coloring allows him to blend into the fading colors of the fallen leaves that populate his neighborhood of the undergrowth. he buries himself in the soil, exposing only his gaping mouth and using his bright tongue as a lure to tempt unsuspecting prey. he likes to be clean and can't resist flowing water. this is an easy way to capture him. not that you would want to.
this creature nestles in the soil next to plant roots where its camouflage is handy in concealing this shy vegetarian from ravenous predators.
be careful where you step (when wandering in the forest)! that lichen and moss-spotted piece of bark might be cornelius! another creature of the undergrowth showcasing expert camouflage, these creatures must blend in to hide from predators...and stalk their prey.
jeremy, the left-curling snail
this guy was also sculpted with super sculpey and painted with acrylics. i painted jeremy wearing tropical colors but the *real* jeremy was more modestly dressed. if you don't know the story of jeremy, the rare left-curling snail, i suggest you google. it's truly a fascinating snail tale.