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I am still planning on doing a tutorial/book as how to sculpt but what I thought I would do for the next year while I’m working on it is to answer a question a week in my blog. I’ll be putting in pictures and product information for what I use to sculpt.  However I can’t answer a question until someone asks me it.

So here is your chance,  what questions do you have about sculpting? Ask as many as you like because I will keep them on file and pull a new one up each week.  If I don’t know the answer I will check with my sources and see if they have ideas.   Feel free to ask anything from what kind of clay I use, to what kind of tools. How I sand or my methods for  working in the round.

People ask me why I’m so willing to show people how to sculpt, the answer is easy. I learned to sculpt on line, from reading tutorials, spending hours, upon hours searching on forums, and nit picking my way through google searches to find tips and tricks.  Many of the best I have I learned by people responding to my own work with suggestions.

This tutorial is by no means the “way” to do it. It’s just MY way to do it. When I can I will be putting up also alternative ways that may help others.  (see filling in heavy spaces, I use apoxie, many sculptors use tinfoil. I’ll try and show you both)

For those who don’t want to sculpt, check it out for glimpses of new work, or work you may not see posted.

So please I’m asking you… ASK AWAY!

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Please visit my blog for tutorials and works in progress.
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Chicharo Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi, I would like to much know how do you make hands and the hair, also the face (specialy the face and the expressions), maybe there is not and special way to do it, but know how someone as good as you are, that would be great.
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ShapeStrong Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2007
Deffinatly. I just started the beginning of it and will be posting soon.
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Chicharo Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cool
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AngelCrusher Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007  Professional Filmographer
How to sculpt. Like when to do it, when to cut the putty, best time to shape it, sanding it down, smoothing it out. I tried recently to sculpt on an action figure, but i couldnt get the epoxie smooth enough.
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ShapeStrong Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007
apoxie is tricky to work with you have to do it in little bits, i'll be covering clay mostly but ask any apoxie questions i'll answer what i can.
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VonToten Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007
what kind of clay do you use, and what tools do you use for sculptin and also what do you use for an armature, do you always use an armature
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ShapeStrong Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007
Awsome I'll cover those in the first post then. The mix i use right now is

Two pounds of super sculpey, with one pound translucent primo. three blocks of white primo and one and a half of black. Then run through a pasta shreader till its even. (confused yet)

but you see so many artists used this mix. Midwest clay (who makes it) got smart and started making "super sculpey firm" which is gray in color. You can use it right out of the box. or mix it with super sculpey for a softer texture. I'm just using up the last of my old batches.

I use aluminum armature wire. I'll post up pics and links to what I use. and I always use one unless i'm sculpting a mask or something flat. then I use a form under it.

Great questions! I'll use them.
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Ariel523 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007
What I want to know is pretty much every detail on how you sculpt. I understand the baisis of armature and foil, and stickin' clay on (which I'm not that great at) but I want to know the details of how you do it. Do you add it and take away, do you mold it, what? How do you do the face? What do you start with, how do you go about with it?

These are the questions that I would love to have an answer to, because I try the trial and error process, but I just get errors.
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ShapeStrong Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007
good questions. I'll show that as I go too how to build up. if you get the chance this week pick up some clay and I'll be starting a sculpt. you can sculpt along with me. and post questions on my blog.
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Ariel523 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007
: D I'm trying to work on a sculpture right now, but I'm ready to give up/start over. I'm not happy at all with how it's turning out.
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ShapeStrong Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007
well start up with me!
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Ariel523 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007
Okay! What should we make? o.o ... crud, I left my armature stuff at my dad's house. I can try a makeshift one though D:

T_T
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JessKat-art Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do you always use reference pics when sculpting a model or can you also just do it out of your head?

How did you get interested in sculpting? And how did you get started? When did it start turning into something beyond a mere hobby (or is it still primarily a hobby?)?

Is it hard to keep up with perspective from different angles? I'm just asking because I remember from my high school art classes whenever we worked with clay that my sculpts looked fine from the front but completely skewed from the side and back. =P
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ShapeStrong Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007
Good questions. I'll go in to detail on some but I always ALWAYS use some kind of ref for something. I can do rough sketches in clay with out ref but I never keep them they are mostly just doodling.

I was started by Mumbojumbo who I ordered a commission from. And inspired by the work of electric tiki.

and I will explain the angles I have a few tricks I use. but most of it I suppose you could say comes from my head there
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get-sirius Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I would love to know:

- how you get such wonderful detail on facial structure (eyes, noses, etc) *they look so real!

- how do you manage to get folds and fabrics to look natural... it is a very hard thing to do!

**very excited for your blog and book!!**
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ShapeStrong Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007
Well do you mean detail to match the original art? Or how i get depth on it in general? (I just want to know so I can answer the question fully)

I will be sure to cover the folds in fabrics.
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get-sirius Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Well.. looking through your gallery, your facial structure is so proper... i mean like,

for eyes, do you carve them out? or do you build up the lids... ye know?

Same for noses and lips...with the nose, i would think that you would have to add clay and shape it onto the face... sorta like that.

(and i guess, yeah, how you get the detail so similar to the art which you are following)
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ShapeStrong Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007
Ahh okay cool!
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TimKelly Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
WHat is your biggest weakness with sculpting? is it rendering mechanics? cloth? weapons? Getting the muscle structure down? or something else entirely?
I want to know what is the hardest thing for you, and how you work it out.
-Tim
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ShapeStrong Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007
Getting through the commission stack. *laugh* but seriously good questions. I think the hardest thing for me is detail work because i'm very perticular that it match up to the original design of the creator. but really good questions
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snowleopard31 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007  Student Digital Artist
Where do you start? do you work from the bottom up, piece by piece and then smooth them together, a combination of both, or does it depend on the piece itself? or is there a certain place you always like to start, like the largest part, etc?
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ShapeStrong Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007
Good questions. I might actually begin with these because its the beginning of a project. maybe a few people with sculpt along with me.
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endejester Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
What part of a sculpt is the most frustrating for you <3
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endejester Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
to do lists are evil XD they are never done XD
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ShapeStrong Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007
mine is more of a vauge wish list... "dear god.. please let me have the drive to do one of these 50 things."
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ShapeStrong Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007
The commission list! *laugh* Actually I can answer that part right now, the finishing and smoothing, because i'm never satisfied. I can actually work a peice to death trying to get it just right.
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