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SCULPTING 101 STEP BY STEP, 1/16 FIGURE

Discussion in 'Sculpting' started by garyjd, Oct 7, 2005.

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  1. garyjd Well-Known Member

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    Before roughing in the arms because of the way they're positioned, I've decided to sculpt the head next. After the head is complete I'll then go back and do the arms, completing that section of the sbs.

    Here's the position of the arms indicated by the copper wire the arms will be built on.

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  2. garyjd Well-Known Member

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    A chart showing the measurements of the head is essential in order for it to be properly proportioned . A chart like this can be found in most, if not all art books about human anatomy.

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  3. garyjd Well-Known Member

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    The first thing is to cut a piece of brass rod and insert one end into top of the center of the torso between the shoulders. I also create a lttle loop so there is something more for the sculpey to cling to when I start to build up the head.

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  4. garyjd Well-Known Member

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    A little section of wire is also wrapped around the brass rod to help give the first layer of sculpey even more support.

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  5. garyjd Well-Known Member

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    This picture shows the work compared to my chart. As you can see there is plenty of room to build up the head. The finished head normally will consist of 3-4 layers of Sculpey, with the final work being added to the first or second layers.

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  6. garyjd Well-Known Member

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    FOr the first application of sculpey I brush a small amount of Sculpey Diluent onto the brass armature that the head will be built on. The first layer of sculpey is then added, paying attention that it does not exceed more than half of the finished width, height, and depth of the head. I then add some texture with a toothbrush and a few cuts from an X-acto knife. This is done as been explained before to give future layers something to hold onto.

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  7. garyjd Well-Known Member

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    After baking and letting the first layer cool, a second more refined layer is added that is thicker than the first layer but still less than the final size of the head, yet of a more refined shape.

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  8. garyjd Well-Known Member

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    I then indicate the position of the center of the head, eyes, bottom of the nose, and mouth. Between the lines for the eyes and nose lays the approximate height of the ears.

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  9. garyjd Well-Known Member

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    I then take a razorblade and diagonally cut into the head from the line for the nose up to the top of the eye line. This has been done so when it comes time to sculpt the eyes they are set far enough back into the head.

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  10. garyjd Well-Known Member

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    Again, a slight diagonal cut is made going from the nose line to the underside of the jaw. The area forwad of this cut will be for the mouth.

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  11. megroot A Fixture

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    Gary,

    I think our plastic surgeon in the hospital ( who is specialized in Craniofaciale chirugie) would't really like this aproche. :lol:
    Now without joking, i still following this closely.
    Thanks you for all the time you spend so far on it.

    Marc
  12. nagashino New Member

    Gary

    Thanks for posting this SBS - to a sculpting novice like me, it is so valuable to see the different approaches folk take to achieve the same results.

    Watching with interest!

    Regards

    Phil
  13. garyjd Well-Known Member

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    Guys, Thanks. I need to post updates on a more regular basis.~Gary
  14. garyjd Well-Known Member

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    Here I've taken a small slice from the area of the bootom of the nose, down and through the area of the corner of the mouth.

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  15. garyjd Well-Known Member

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    Here I've filled out the back of the head and the brow area and side of the top third of the head. The top third and back of the head are normally built up to almost the level of the finished head. The soft nature of Sculpey makes it neccessary to do this unless you wish to end up with a sloping forehead.

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  16. garyjd Well-Known Member

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    Also of note is the area above the eye has been somewhat rounded.

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  17. garyjd Well-Known Member

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    Here are a couple of steps that deal with making the foundation the nose will be built on. This form helps to prevent the Sculpey from sinking into the face whrn working on the nose, unless you want you figure's face to look like it has a broken nose.

    I take a small ball of Sculpey and flatten it out onto a piece of ceramic tile. This is then placed into the oven for 15 minutes at 250 degrees.

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  18. garyjd Well-Known Member

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    When this cools I sand the surface with a coarse sandpaper and then pry the piece off of the tile and sand the other side.


    I then cut basic nose shape that will be epoxied to the head.

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  19. garyjd Well-Known Member

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    I used three minute epoxy to attach the piece to the head. After drying, the piece will be thinned out with enough being left to build a proper nose on top of.

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  20. garyjd Well-Known Member

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    I did not want the bridge of the nose as wide as the support for it, so I decided to thin it out. Starting from the center I cut at a slight diagonal on each side. From below the nose has a triangular shape. I used Aves putty for the majority of the nose as I tried to make the cuts with a no so fresh blade which did not cut very clean.

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