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If you're interested in learning about or learning how to sculpt, you can browse these areas I've created for your convenience to hopefully help you understand the areas of sculpting and maybe, hopefully, inspire you to start sculpting yourself if it's something you've thought about doing and think you'd enjoy. I'm always here for questions and will help any way I can.
1st, Some Tools to Start
There's so many tools! How do I know which to get or which I'll need?
I created a list of super basic and inexpensive tools you can get to get right into sculpting which you can find here. You can also find this same page by clicking the "TOOLS" button below under the last step.
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My favorite online store to get the majority of my sculpting supplies! Their inventory is incredible, relevant and incredibly useful. The owner, Judy, who is also an International Art Doll Registry Member as I am, is great to work with.
2nd, We Choose Our Clay
How do I know which clay to use or even start with?
There's no right or wrong answer here so you can breath easy. This is all preference of how each clay feels to you in your hands, how the clay manipulates onto itself, how easy it is to use or blend for you.
I started with Super Sculpey beige
Which is the best quality clay?
This is also open to interpretation because we all have our own preferences, our own likes and dislikes, etc. so this answer will be randomly different for everyone.
It really comes down to trial & error so you can physically see and feel what you do and don't like about each clay.
3rd, We Plan
This is one of my favorite parts because it's where I get to do the research. I really enjoy choosing a character, choosing its pose to determine the emotion I want this sculpture to relay, choosing its hair color, it's wardrobe and its facial expression.
I have found that many artists just like to start sculpting and then as the sculpting process moves forward they just like to let the sculpture "speak to them", do it's own thing and whatever comes out, comes out. I find that I'm not like that at all. I like to have control over every aspect of my sculpture because I like to have a very specific vision of my end-result and I get the most pleasure out of starting work on the sculpture and seeing it come to fruition exactly as I envisioned.
4th, We Create Our Armature
The Armature is a very important, very crucial part of your sculpture. Picture this… if our bodies had very weak bones we wouldn't be able to do all of the things that we Love to do on a daily basis. We would be frail, we would be weak, our strength, endurance and vitality would nearly cease to exist and we would not be able to physically support ourselves day in and day out.
The same is absolutely true with the Armature of your sculpture. The more well-planned and solid your Armature is no longer your sculptures going to last and the stronger it's going to be thereby elongating the shelf life of a work of art that you worked so hard on.
Have you ever thought "With all these gauges and the different size sculptures, how do I know which size wire is the best for the size sculpture I'm making?" I did too and it was pretty annoying trying to figure it out on my own. Because I'm a perfectionist I wanted to be sure I was getting the correct wire to ensure my sculpture would be strong and solid so I am in the process of creating a video tutorial on just this! YaY.
Which size gauge is best for a specific sculpture size?
The bigger your sculpture will be the thicker you want your wire to be to be able to support the weight of the final cured/hardened sculpture.
If you're unsure of how wire sizing works see the following question.
Wire sizing is confusing. How does it work?
The lower the number of the wire you get the thicker the wire will be and the harder it'll be to bend it or the more resistant and this is the same whether you're using aluminum or copper wire.
LOW number = THICKER wire
So the bigger sculpture you make the more support it'll need so the thicker your wire will need to be to support that added weight of the bigger sculpture.
I'm working on a video tutorial explaining this and testing out the thicknesses for different size sculptures for the OOAK sculpting community in particular.
THEN, We Have Some Fun!
The sculpting workflow
Let's sculpt! From here you can utilize the tutorials that I've put together by clicking the buttons below that will take you to a page that's full of all kinds of tutorials that will show you how to sculpt each part of your sculpture.
Have questions before you jump in? Visit the FAQs by clicking the "FAQ" button below, leave a comment in the Facebook comments bow below or message me for questions not listed.
This is a section I just created (06/15/2019) for a more dynamic sculpting experience that's geared towards those wanting to get into sculpting or wanting to get more comfortable with the sculpting process. This way you won't find yourself going back and forth to look for the videos pertaining to the section you're sculpting, here you'll be able to find them all in one place so you can keep the sculpting momentum going.
sculpting the head
painting the head
sculpting the torso
sculpting the arms & hands
sculpting the legs & feet
Want More? (on hold)
Geared towards my fellow beginners, novice sculptors or people wanting to take up this craft. I am in the process of creating a different, unique and far more thorough way of "teaching" in focused areas that many clay artists need assistance in. A very engaging, social and exciting new platform will be used to provide you a well-rounded learning experience packed with PDF reference files, high quality detailed video instruction, useful links, tips & tricks I've gathered through my sculpting journey. Combined with near-instantaneous communication through the commenting system that will be available for efficient communication so you don't have to wait for answers.
The Academy at Frey'Dez Studios was created to aide artists in the One-Of-A-Kind (OOAK) Artdoll community and alike in carrying out certain tasks and learning certain skills that I've been helping Artists with for many years. These areas include;
Creating a Logo for Your (Sculpting) Business.
Sculpting Fantasy Creatures.
Creating a website for your artwork portfolio.
As close as you can get to being in an actual class environment without having to travel! Keep an eye out for news on when this will go live on our social media sites. Get ready for...
The International Art Doll Registry
An online art doll registry, the only one of it's kind. This means that members can upload photos of their work, along with the name of the piece, and they are entered into the Registry, assigning a unique number for each one; as part of a permanent record. They are also shown on the website and that part of the site is open to the public, so it is an online gallery of sorts that is picked up by the internet search engines. The Registry provides a permanent record for each piece that is registered. This gives a professional touch to your work, along with the fact that it identifies it as yours and the year it was created, should there ever be any question about that.