Basic Human Anatomy
Familiarize yourself with the importance of plumb & balance and get a feeling for which muscles make up the outer shape of the human body. Learn how to correctly apply proportions to your model and transfer your knowledge to clay.
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Exercise: Sculpt a Female Figurine
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Basic Human Anatomy: Chapter 2
In our second chapter on anatomy, dig a little deeper and get a fundamental understanding of how to sculpt the finer anatomical structures of the human body, such as the hands, feet, and the head with all its glorious details.
Lesson Questions and Answers
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Hello!, thanks for the courses i watched all the videos available and i will start modelling this figurine, what material should i use to keep the figurine once is finished the sculpt?
The materials that won’t require mold making are either all air-dry materials, or polymer clay.
With any air-dry clay you will have to make sure to wrap your sculpture in between so it won’t dry out before you’re done, and depending on the specific material the time it takes to dry out varies.
Air dry clay can be a bit hard to work with though. You can check back on the “Sculpting Basics” (https://cgcookie.com/course/sculpting-basics) for the introduction on sculpting materials.
Polymer clay allows you to work at your own pace and most importantly – it won’t dry out. Later when you’re done sculpting you can bake it in the oven to permanently harden it.
However, there is one downside to it that may complicate things a little bit:
With polymer clays they say it takes about 15 minutes per 1/4″ (6 mm) in thickness of material to be hardened in the oven. Now, if you sculpt your figurine you will have to bulk out the ribcage, pelvis, thighs skull with aluminum foil.
These parts are considerably thicker than an arm for example, and if you bake the figurine so that the arms are cured, the thicker parts will remain uncured. And if you keep it in the oven until the thicker parts are cured the thinner parts may burn and crack.
So, if you can, I would highly recommend sculpting in oil-based clay and then making a mold. There will be a whole course on mold making and casting in resin, and with Smooth-On available in so many countries you should be able to get your hands on these materials.
If you do decide to go with polymer clay, I would suggest Super Sculpey Firm or Medium Blend because they are less flexible than most polymer clays. If you can’t find these variants, the regular super Sculpey is still better than most non-brands, but FIMO also has firm and soft variants that should be easy to find.
If I can be of any further help let me know, otherwise happy sculpting!
Oh thanks, i think i will wait the course you mentioned so i can have a more clear view of the mold making, i was trying to avoid it because i don’t know too much about it. Thanks again for your answer and kept doing the good videos that you are making. Greetings!
Oh this is just what I wanted to learn. Is it going to be a problem for me if I use water based clay? It’s the only one I can find.
You can use the type of clay you like best, or, as in your case, have access to. But be aware that water based clay will be a lot softer than oil-based clay, and make sure to keep your material moist.
Having a water spray-bottle handy is a good idea, but don’t overdo it on the spraying. Usually if you spray water-based clay with water you will want to let it soak up the water before you continue working, otherwise the surface can be slippery.
You’ll likely be sculpting over the course of a few days, returning to your sculpture. In the meantime you will want to wrap it in plastic wrap to keep it form drying out.
If you’re having trouble let me know and I’ll try to be of as much help as I possibly can!
Download any course files here.
- Plumb and Balance: HD Video( 38mb )
- Importance of Bony Forms: HD Video( 280mb )
- Muscle Diagrams( )
- Basic Muscles: HD Video( 46mb )
- Sculpting the Soft Tissues pt1: HD Video( 409mb )
- Sculpting the Soft Tissues pt2: HD Video( 329mb )
- Eye Diagram( )
- Sculpting the Eye: HD Video( 155 MB )
- Nose Diagram( )
- Sculpting the Nose: HD Video( 154 MB )
- Mouth Diagram( )
- Sculpting the Mouth: HD Video( 65 MB )
- Ear Diagram( )
- Sculpting the Ear: HD Video( 96 MB )
- Head Diagram( )
- Sculpting the Head: HD Video( 154 MB )
- Hand Diagram( )
- Sculpting the Hand: HD Video( 154 MB )
- Foot Diagram( )
- Sculpting the Foot: HD Video( 129 MB )
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