Portrait Bust in Progress

This is a new small portrait bust I have been working on. I am using paper clay and have already hollowed out the piece in preparation for firing. Its a great size- large enough to be able to manipulate the clay fairly easily, but small enough to still have that delightful quality. 

This piece is an experiment in using only photographic reference (that I took) to create a likeness, and seeing how far I can get with just that- as well as using natural elements to lend a suggestion of narrative. It is based on my lovely sister in law (who was pregnant at the time of the photos!)

Here are some of the plant references for the botanical arrangement in her hair. I plucked them from a public garden, shhh! All's fair in the name of art ;)