One of my close friends has recently become quite involved in men's figure skating, especially with some of the Olympic contenders. As a result, I've seen a lot of pictures and footage of them. It got me quite interested in the dynamics of some of their moves, which led me to wonder if I could create a clay figure that stood on one leg, leaning as they do. This was exciting as I had been unable to create a clay figure (due to lack of inspiration) for about a year. Since achieving the pose was my main goal, I set my friend babel on a hunt to find me the skater with the least complicated costume. Now, there may be even less complicated costumes out there, but I was somewhat at the mercy of the skaters she likes, and I honestly didn't want to do something completely plain. I also told her I refused to create anything with red in it. (Red clay is the bane of my existence.) Anyway, we finally narrowd it down to two of Evan Lysacek's costumes, and in the end this one won out. That it's the one he wore when he won the gold medal in the recently 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics really is just a happy accident.
Anyway, I present to you a clay version of Olympic gold medal winner Evan Lysacek!
It occurred to me something was missing--so I made him a gold medal, too.
The medal is removable, so he can wear it, hold it or not use it at all.
Evan's my tallest creation yet, standing about 7" from base to head and is also the most structurally reinforced. He's pretty stable when standing, though is made of clay and will break/shatter if you drop him. He is attached to the base, but stands with ease, won't easily tip over and can be easily carried.