In spite of these issues, I keep trying. My most recent attempt was a Southwestern Toad (Bufo woodhouseii australis). I was pleased with the shape of the head, although I had a difficult time getting the size right. I used flat stone beads for the eyes and they looked fantastic. Toad eyes sit on top of the head, and with the eyelids added, he ended up looking a bit angry - but in a nice way. I used some needlesculpting techniques to define the mouth and nostrils. He has a lot of personality!
The finished figure is shown at left. I was concerned that no-one would like him, and possibly, that most people would be a bit afraid of him. At his debut show, he was hands down the favorite. That shows what I know!