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« on: January 24, 2009 06:06:05 AM »

I bought a few cubes of Sculpey III a couple weeks ago when it happened to be on sale and yesterday I finally tried fooling around with it. I've never made any kind of model before so this was definitely a learning experience. I was trying to emulate my drawing style to make a 3d version of one of my characters and I'm pretty pleased with the results. There is a piece of wood dowel inside the neck to support the weight of the head. I think on my next go I will pick up some super sculpey and some actual modeling tools though, as I did this one with nothing but an exacto knife and a mechanical pencil. You can tell I left it in the oven a bit too long because it burned a little bit, but I'm going to try painting it so hopefully that will cover up those imperfections!

Here's a page from my sketchbook to compare my drawing style. I was basing this off the blue haired guy on the right mostly.

EDIT: Here's the painted version!

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« Reply #1 on: January 24, 2009 06:27:26 AM »

absolutely fantastic I can't wait to see the painted ending!

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« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2009 07:04:04 AM »

That is great. I like your drawings too!

I think my cat is sending me subliminal messages...
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« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2009 08:41:34 AM »

Very nice job! ...and especially for a first sculpt Shocked  Very stylish.

If you haven't painted on top of polymer clay before, you might want to check out some of the preparation and application techniques you'll want to know.  You can find that plus a bunch of info on various types of paints that can be used with polymer clay on this page at my site if you're interested:
...click at least on Preparing the Clay for Painting on Top

P.S.  You might want to consider a different brand/line of polymer clay though besides, Sculpey III, SuperSculpey-flesh, and original Sculpey, since those particular lines are brittle after baking in any thin or projecting areas (fine for round-ish thick things though).  The new SuperSculpey-Firm is supposed to be strong though, so it's good if you want an inexpensive bulk polymer clay that you'll just be painting over (it's gray).
Those who like to sculpt with polymer clay also like to mix various brands/lines sometimes to get just the sculpting and surface characteristics that suit them (and there are other brands of flesh-colored polymer clay too), so if you want to read about the characteristics of clays used primarily for sculpting, you might want to check out this page too:
...click on Polymer Clays for Sculpting
(You're not really "sculpting" in the earth-clay push/pull way though, so really any strong brand/line would do fine.)
There's info on tools for sculpting in particular, as well as other things, on this page as well:
...see Tools For Sculpting

P.P.S.  If you haven't heard this yet, polymer clay shouldn't be thicker than 1 1/4" anywhere because it can then crack during curing.  An armature of some kind can be used underneath the clay though to allow the clay to be thinner so that's not a problem... if you want to read about armatures (for heads and bodies), there's good info on these two pages too:

Let us see what else you make!!

Diane B.
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« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2009 10:23:30 AM »

Wow thats so ace
How big is it?


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« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2009 11:51:07 AM »

Thank you jloveg and RhymeswOrange! Glad you guys like it.

tyney123: It's just under 4 inches tall, and about 2.5 inches from shoulder to shoulder. So not too big!

Diane B.: Wow! Thank you so much for sharing all that info with me! It's much appreciated since I am just really figuring things out as I go along on the fly! It's much appreciated

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« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2009 06:17:50 PM »

I adore how stylized he is! You did a great job, totally cool.


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« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2009 11:19:10 AM »

I really like him especially his hair and jacket,
and I think he turned out really good for it's the first time you did something like that,
great work  Smiley!
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« Reply #8 on: January 30, 2009 11:59:29 AM »

I finished painting it yesterday!


« Reply #9 on: January 30, 2009 12:05:34 PM »

Oh my goodness, he's completely adorable! His hair even has a wave...
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