Figurative Sculptures by Maria Saracino

The Art of Maria Saracino:

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Smiling OOAK Character Dolls:

Here are a few examples of Artist Maria Saracino’s OOAK dolls.  Maria has won several awards, is seen in many publications and has exhibited her work in Canada and the USA. She has also been part of three museum exhibits in Canada.

Sculpting Progression:

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Above you can see a snippet of the progression of Maria’s work; how she takes the finished sculpt from bare cured clay, shades the face to give it live, paints the eyes realistically, and finishes the head with a hat and mustache.  This is art.  Look closely at how the scale of the hat and the mustache are absolutely perfect.

The magazine behind the sculpt is a Readers Digest and apparently, that was her model.  She didn’t have much to work with, simply a snap shot of his face and she sculpted him “dead-on”.

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Here is another example of Maria’s work.  The miniature glass is slightly too big for the scale of the doll, but she didn’t make the glass.  It is a found object that the doll is holding.  Look at the buttons on the shirt and there is no “bulk” in any of the material/clothing on the doll.  Really surpurb sculpt and doll presentation.  Museum quality for sure.

If you would like to visit Maria’s website, click here.

figurative-artist-website Here is a Magazine or Website that was posted with Maria’s work.  This would be of interest for people who love to look at and follow figurative art and artists.

Looks like it will open a new world of figurative sculpting to those who are fans of this genre.  This looks like a place that artists can get exposure too.  If you are looking to present or sell your work, you might want to stop by and see what opportunities are there for you.

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Cute Doll Pictorial by Artist Ahlam Alnajdi

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Here is an adorable polymer clay doll pictorial by Artist Ahlam Alnajdi.  This is a perfect example for beginner polymer clay artists to practice and learn from.

This is a perfect example of how simplicity can be so beautiful, but if you look close, the details make the whole design.  The earrings, the buttons on her outfit, the “ribbed” socks, and even the cut stitch lines on the bodice and pant legs.

The face has very little detail, but matches perfectly the rest of the body.  The way the artist blushed the cheeks was the perfect amount of detail.  Anymore would have ruined the effect.

Her hair is made of clay and appeas to have been made with a clay gun and the spaghetti disc.

The only think I would suggest is to coat the doll after finishing with a hard resin finish because the hair would snap off quite easily.  By coating the polymer clay in resin, it will strengthen it so it will not be quite so fragile.

If you would like to visit Artist Ahlam Alnajdi’s website, you can click here.

 

 

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Polymer Clay Canes by Sky Grazer

Intricate Polymer Clay Canes:

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I discovered these canes by Artist Sky Grazer for Dick Blick.  As you can see, Sky is no “beginner”.  These canes are absolutely perfect.  How did she get them all so similar?
How can this be?  They look manufactured, but I believe she made them.

Polymer Clay canes look so simple in their design, but I have always wound up with a complete distorted mess whenever I have tried them.  You need to be able to think ahead when making the canes, or you have to have the patience and tenacity to never give up.  Either way, these are so perfect I’m still suspicious.  You can see more below:

Flower and Leaf Canes:

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Here is another example of how intricate this caning can become.  In particular, the rose canes are unbelievable.  The colors and so brilliant and the petals fading from dark to light pink — I mean, how is that done?  This is an acquired skill and I take my hat off to these cane makers.  Their work is unbelievable.

Here is a video on making canes:

If you have polymer clay jewelry that either you have made or purchased that is made from polymer clay canes, please post a picture so we can all see them.

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PC Jewelry – Fish Earrings by Roxanne Stapleton

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Here are adorable fish cufflinks made by Artist Roxanne Stapleton.  By simply putting an earring wire into the mouths of the fish, you could easily make these into polymer clay earrings.  These fish scream “fun”.  They would be great to wear to a party or a barbeque, and of course the beach.

Artist Roxanne Stapleton:

Roxanne specializes in food-themed polymer clay jewelry, but also does doll house miniatures.  She sells her work in her Etsy Shop, which you can see here.

Roxanne graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 2011. While working in a bookstore, she found a book on working with polymer clay and started working with it.  The rest is history.  How many of us started with a book on polymer clay?  I know I did.

I was working in a bookstore and found a book on working with polymer clay. I became interested and starting making jewelry with this medium.

The fish earrings were made by blending the grey and pink clays until she got the perfect blend of coloring.  If the earrings were made in one color, they would appear very cartoon-like.  But with the careful blending of the colors of the clay, it gives the fish a very realistic look, while at the same time, they do remain whimsical.

Check out Roxanne’s Etsy Store:

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Sculpting Hands Pictorial

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I came upon this pictorial while surfing the other day.  I cannot find the source or the artists name.  But this is a really great pictorial for beginner sculptors.  It shows every stage in the development of a hand.

Each artist has their own way of making hands and feet.  I use a rectangle and make both hands at the same time, but the formation of the fingers is very much like this pictorial.

I add this to the blog for my beginner students who want to print this out and keep it with them at their sculpting station.  It is also a great visual aid to keep from getting overwhelmed when sculpting.  Each part of the body starts with a ball, rectangle or coil of clay.   If you break down each body part into either a ball, rectangle or coil, you will be less intimidated in the whole sculpting process.

 

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