Hello. The papier mache hydra project is underway. I'm trying to complete it in time for Halloween so we'll see if that schedule will hold. Shown below are some updated work in progress shots of the piece during the construction phase.
Here is the first WIP shot of the hydra. This picture shows the five heads and necks joined to the body. On the four smaller necks, you can see a skeletal structure of wire segments running the along the length. I went back after this picture and removed the heads, adding an additional layer of padding around each to fill them out. I've clothed the underside of the main body and each of the smaller necks to reinforce them. The necks will be clothed up to the end before I attach the heads to make sure each will hold its position after the heads are added.
This shot is a better view of the five heads. Note the serpentine shape of the four smaller ones. The jaws have been clothed and painted per the normal methods and the larger main head has horns and a central crest. In order to make it easier to get details at the cloth stage, I plan to cloth each of these heads before attaching them to the neck.
On an unrelated note, the studio has been in discussions with a potential new artist for our projects. A concept artist with a focus in cartoon/manga styled drawings, we're working on some actual graphic representations of my papier mache pieces, specifically the dragons. The following two shots are teasers portraits for two of them.