This piece began as clay!
Good demonstrations for sculpture aren't all that easy to find on the web, as I found out when I picked it up. Using the wrong clay and not knowing the basic preparation steps are pitfalls that you can avoid if you do some proper reading up. Problem is, these resources are scattered and difficult to locate. That is until now :)
Follow the links below to great tutorials posted by great sculptors to get an idea of where to start and what to do!
1: What is sculpting?
Sculpting is really just creation of a 3D piece of art with your hands. Contrary to popular belief, sculpture is NOT always done in stone. Sculpture in stone is just a sub specialty. Modern day sculpting is really behind-the-scenes work of the entertainment industry - monsters in movies begin as conceptual creature sculpts, toys and models are born from the hands of sculptors.
What these sculptors do is that they add material onto their models and gradually shape them into form. This is unlike the popular misconception that all sculpture is to do with chiselling and taking away.
2: Types of Materials
There are two main types of sculpting material that you can look for - polymer clays and epoxy sculpting compounds. Polymer clay has to be baked to harden, while epoxy sculpting compounds dry and harden in the air. So, unless you work fast, go for polymer clays if you're a newbie.
Here's a link for more information on brands available:
Polymer Clay Brands
3: Let's sculpt!
After sieving through about a hundred sites with sculpting tutorials and guidelines, these are the best and likely to be the most helpful to you:
Making an armature support
Simple human proportions to follow
Sculpting demonstration 1 - Sculpting a faun fiddler
Sculpting demonstration 2 - Sculpting a conceptual creature by Peter Konig
Here's a video by the Shifflett Brothers:
Cheers, fall in love with the art.
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