Sculpting Basics

Sculpting Basics

In this course you will be introduced to the most basic principles of traditional sculpting. We will look at different sculpting mediums, the tools you need for sculpting, what wire armatures are and we have a crash course on materials science to get you ready to make a mold of your sculpture and cast in resin.

Course Overview

Chapter 01 - Sculpting Mediums

Learn all about the differences between the most popular sculpting mediums. Get to know the pros and cons and see each material in action. Links to suppliers of various materials can be found here:

Chapter 02 - Sculpting Tools

Find out what types of sculpting tools are available to you, what the differences are, and how to create your own. Find links to various tools and supplies here:

Chapter 03 - Wire Armatures

You will learn what wire armatures are, what different types there are and what they are used for and when they become important.

Chapter 04 - Molds, Molding Rubbers & Casting Materials

This extensive introductory chapter will focus on the differences between the various types of molds, molding rubbers and casting materials. You will learn about the terms associated with the various materials as well as see some examples for additives for casting materials.

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Welcome to traditional sculpting!

I hope you are excited to jump into the world of sculpting in clay, and I am happy to help you along; show you some tricks and get you up close and personal with the materials and tools you need to do the job!

This is a basic introductory course in which we will check out the difference between the most popular sculpting mediums to learn the pros and cons. That should help you decide on what material to buy so you can sculpt along and try some of the techniques I will show you in later courses.

I will explain the most common types of sculpting tools and show you how you can easily make your own tools that are perfectly suited to the job at hand.

We also will be looking at wire armatures, what they are and when you use them, and then we will take a quick look at what types of molds you can make, and what materials there are to create a permanent copy of your clay original.

There will also be a crash course in materials science – which applies to molding rubbers and casting materials – that will explain some of the common terminology associated with these materials to help you understand what this gibberish means when you go out and buy these materials.

Lesson Questions and Answers

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  • Replies: 1

    Hello. Sculpting seems to be the funiest thing to do in 3D Art but I often hear it is also the heaviest, most resource consuming activity. Is that right? If so, can I have fun and create beautiful things with just 2 GB ram?

    1 year ago

    • Replies: 0

      Hey there!

      I’m not an expert in digital modeling, so I don’t really know how to adequately answer this question.
      However, I think this question would best be answered by one of the Blender instructors, such as Jonathan Williamson (, or go straight to the CG Cookie Community to hear what other people work with (

      Generally I would say it depends not just on the computer or how much RAM you have, but also on the software you’re working with and how this software is programmed to work..

      I hope that helps a little! :)

      1 year ago

  • Replies: 1

    I wonder where I might find 3d sculpting?

    2 years ago

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