So, made my first attempt at making a fondant Pooh today.
I am attaching a photo and he is under baby shower cakes, and should be in my photos..........
He came out ok. Looks good from the front, but I made his body way too round, so he looks funny from the side.
1. How do you work on a face/head while keeping the back of it round? I had to lay his head on the table while I worked on his face, and I knew ti would flatten it. I thought I would be able to correct it and round it out, but couldn't really do it.
So, the back of his head it a bit flat.
2. I cracked his face a bit because of the manipulation in trying to make his head more round. Any way to prevent the cracking?
I do lots of RF/GP figures. I'm right-handed, so I often cup the head in my left hand while I work with my right. I sometimes put it on a piece of foam, but mostly in my hand. Also, alot of people tend to make the figure all in one day, putting the heads on while the bodies haven't dried, and then the figures look squat because the head is too heavy. I always let the body dry for a couple of days before the head goes on.
When I need to work on a head for awhile and I don't want it to flatten or have fingerprints, I put a small piece of foam rubber into a small flower former and nestle the head in it. When I haven't done this, for whatever reason, I usually re-create the roundness when adding the hair.
As for to avoiding cracking, I like to mix either 50/50 fondant/gumpaste or to just add tylose to the fondant (I dip the fondant into the tylose powder until it "feels right"). I roll it hard in my hands until I can't see any surface cracks/crazing and then shape it.
I highly recommend books by Maisie Parrish when it comes to figure modeling. I find her directions wonderful. I've taken classes with her and with Debbie Brown and both are great, but I like the photos and descriptions of characters in Maisie's books a bit better.
I also notice that you've posted the exact same post in multiple forums. Please don't do this. Subscribe to your original post, only.