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Figurine WIP/ tutorial part 1 armatures and legs by sculptor101 Figurine WIP/ tutorial part 1 armatures and legs by sculptor101

Many friends had asked me "How do you make figurines, can you show me the process?" I had therefore made a tutorial that divided in several areas of the figurine while I was working on a self project, a project that wasn't base on commission, actually they were sort of work in progress. You may see a lot of photos taking during sculpting. It's long hours of work that I did beside my work. Please look for yourself and compare the differences of how it was made. I tried taking shoots as many as I can at the "turning points" in angles.

I know you might have a lot of questions, the materials, tools, methods... I would suggest you may look for my other tutorials for commonly asked questions. I don't really know how long this project may take. But I'll keep updated as it goes on. The pictures shown an angel figurine in progress. Enjoy!


Title: It has a title but I'm not going to say it now, please wait until you see the whole scene when nearly finish.

Material were used: Super Sculpey, jumbo paperclips, crazy glue, baby powder.

Please also refer to the following related tutorials:
Figurine WIP/ tutorial part 1 armatures and legs
Figurine WIP/ tutorial part 2 dress and folds
Figurine WIP/ tutorial part 3 wings
Figurine WIP/ tutorial part 4 wings
Figurine WIP\ tutorial part 5 the soldier + angel
Figurine WIP\ tutorial part 6 heads + base final

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Tim-Osullivan Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Alex, how would you shape the leg wire for a woman wearing high heels buddy? I have no probs in wax as there is no wire but with clay, I get probs.

also what size/thickness wire would you use in this tutorial if the figure had to be 17 inches or so?

atb --tim :)
sculptor101 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Professional Traditional Artist
I would worry about its steady for 17" tall figurine. It's easy to fix the armature if it goes to molding after sculpting. So I would use much thicker size of wire as possible. The best way is to use the metal pipes that holds its waist. And the main armature secured to it. I don't really know the size of wire but would pick the wire you should bend it with big pincer. 
Do you usually make a casting from clay out of silicone mold? Or just make it for practice? 
Tim-Osullivan Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
usually just practice Alex. but I am having problems shaping the wire to accommodate a foot wearing heels; I've tried many different shapes and bends but the wire gets in the way.

 When I use wax, it is no problem as I don't use a wire. But with clay, it is driving me nuts. :)

atb --tim
sculptor101 Featured By Owner 14 hours ago  Professional Traditional Artist
I would mainly make the wires go with the shape of the character's body from her feet to stand still and just put some minor wires go through the heels that enough to apply the clay. Perhaps some strings pull tightly from the legs to the base board in triangles. Take your time to find out the best way, so you would have good experience next time. :) (Smile) 
Tim-Osullivan Featured By Owner 11 hours ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
well if you ever sculpt a female wearing killer heels, be sure to document that! For now I'm going to use wax as I am hating on wire at the present!!! lol. :)

atb --tim
friendlyMiststueck Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014
Can youexplain how you smooth the clay? And why do you cut the legs of :O
sculptor101 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Please take a look my tool tutorial at:…
No 18, 19, 21 for the explanation
I cut the legs for molding reason, also the figurine can be seen under the skirt that I don't want to fill it all up with clay.:) (Smile) 
sagredo07 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014
what can I say???????....I'm shocked ... graciasssssss

sculptor101 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Huggle! :happybounce: 
Backsackandjack Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice work and REALLY good to see the stages broken down.
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