I have not been able to work on this piece as much as I would like recently, which means it is drier and harder for me to manage. Today I have now completed the surface detail and am working on the base.
I turned it over this morning and smoothed the rather too dry clay with my fingertips, which are now non existent!
Half done, using the kidney when I can to save too much injury.
I shape the base with the side of the bat as this seems to move the clay without it springing back.