I was surfing around Pinterest and found this adorable polymer clay baby laying on a leaf with with elf ears and feet.
This is the tiniest of baby fairies but just look at all of the detail involved in this creation. From the vein lines in the leaf to the tiny flowers and the lace peaking out from her elf cap, there is so much to look at and take in.
This was on Pinterest and the original website address is poxe.ru.
This beautiful creation was also found on Pinterest and is just adorable. I love the crazy “natural” hair and the whitish coloring of the entire vignette.
For new sculptors, notice how her eye brows and the slightly tipped-up lip line gives her a pleasant pensive smile, which is perfect for her pose. She is all face, all expression, but yet there is so much detail that the eye never gets tired or distracted. It all blends beautifully.
This masterpiece looks like it just popped out of a children’s fairy tale book. What I find especially captivating about this OOAK polymer clay doll vignette is the coloring. The backdrop, staging area and doll all blend so beautifully. Sometimes white is hard to blend into a colorful back scene, but in this instance it works very well. It allows the baby to take center stage while keeping the muted shades of green to give off that Grimms Fairy Tale look.
The website where this art work originated is at Enaidsworld.Blogspot.Be.
Aprylian of YouTube Sculpts a Ball Jointed Doll Torso:
Above you can see Aprylian demonstrate how to sculpt the ball jointed doll torso, using wooden balls/beads for the joints. It is a slow process, one of adding clay, smoothing and then scraping into shape. But this is a great video to show beginners how the “ball joints” are sculpted into the doll.
In this video, Aprylian shows how the beads are used to create the “indentations” in the torso. When sculpting the legs, you would use the actual wooden beads to create the upper thigh, if you were making a master to make a mold, or you would make a quick waste mold in order to make the male-side of the upper thigh. Many people buy my Large Doll Eye Mold in order to make the upper portions of the legs/arms/wrists, and then make a corresponding “pressing tool” in order to make the indentations.
I find it interesting that she also uses either a tinted oil or paint to paint the belly button indentation area. I have never seen this before, but I bet it gives the doll just a hint of color in that area, which is what you want.
If you want to see and/or subscribe to Aprylian’s Channel, click here.
Another Pinterest Favorite!
I found this huge Pinterest Board of sculpted polymer clay babies. Each one is adorable. This is a great link to keep handy when you are getting ready to sculpt little baby fairies. Each of the dolls on the board is posed differently and just by studying the board, you will put to memory many “believable poses”.
If you want to see the entire Pinterest Board, click here.
Ileana J from YouTube has a great sculpting video about how to sculpt a baby doll’s face. It is posted below.
What I like about Ileana’s technique is that she sculpts by starting with small easy shapes, and then adding clay a little at a time. Although there is no audio on this video, it is still an excellent video for newbie sculptors to watch.
Her baby winds up with a perfectly shaped mouth and she has the right about of “chubby cheeks” to be really convincing.
She uses a tool similar to my dental tool and you can see how well the clay reacts to it. Because it is stainless steel, it leaves no residue.
I also want to call beginner’s attention to how lightly Ileana holds the doll’s head while she moves it during sculpting. You can see why she gets no “crushing” effects on one side while she is working on other side of the face.
I hope you enjoy the video and if you have an examples of your own work, please feel free to post them below.
You can see other videos on Ileana’s Channel on YouTube here.
Found this Seminar that took place in May on A for Artistic Website. So sorry I missed it!
It was all about sculpting expressions Below is a gallery of each of the expressions up close. This is a great picture to have on your sculpting table because each face shows which areas of the face are changed in exhibiting the specific emotions.
This example also show the introduction of teeth, which of course add so much to the smile.
Check out how the eyebrows are raised and lowered in showing happiness and sadness. The muscles right above the eyes show a “sadness” that is hard to capture. Even seeing the three smiling teeth faces show how the cheeks and eyes are changed with small smiles and big smiles.
This is a great resource to have. I hope you enjoy it. Please share with us your pictures of your own sculpting.