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Sculpture tutorial for Starters - Sculpting by Feyrah Sculpture tutorial for Starters - Sculpting by Feyrah
There we go, like I promised. This took quite a while.
hope it helps. :) Any questions? Feel free to ask!


More Tutorials by other artists:

General: kurokono.deviantart.com/art/Sc… and fav.me/d4rvfxx
Basic Body: fav.me/dzajik
Body details: fav.me/d11cb2q
Textures: fav.me/d470trm
Heads: fav.me/d391b75 and fav.me/dyyird
Wings: fav.me/dzkaj6
Fur: fav.me/d4ramzx fav.me/d1vha6r vengefulspirits.deviantart.com… and fav.me/d2vrkt7
Toolmaking: fav.me/d4s14af
Finishing Touch: fav.me/d1224hi
Tips and Tricks: fav.me/d4a734e
Armature and Stand: fav.me/dwuafn
Base: fav.me/d4ce974

WARNING FOR SANDING: Don't breathe in the dust!
Either moisten the sandpaper or wear protection gear.
A bandana properly covering your nose and mouth should do.
The dust can be dangerous for your lungs.

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Edit: Sorry, I can't find the time to work on part 2. Simple version:

1. Either paint the sculpture white or spray it with white acrylic spray paint. Don't breathe it in!
2. let the base coat dry.
3. Start painting it using acrylic paints. Start with bigger areas.
4. For really small details, use a fairly small brush.
5. Seal it with spray finish or paint-on finish after it dried.
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:iconpetra1999:
Petra1999 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015
Thank you for this awesome tutorial!
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:iconfeyrah:
Feyrah Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad it helped!
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:iconsellesion:
Sellesion Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I have some sculpting experience, but this is still a really great Tutorial. Something I'm still working on is getting things as smooth as I want them.
What grain of sandpaper do you use?
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:iconfeyrah:
Feyrah Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I usually start out with a bigger grain to get it started and then change to a finer grain :)
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:iconsellesion:
Sellesion Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll keep that in mind. Thank you! ^^
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:iconmissuny:
missuny Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015
Where can I get crepe tape? Is it expensive?
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:iconfeyrah:
Feyrah Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's also named masking tape and it's not expensive at all! You should be able to get it in crafting stores etc
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:iconmissuny:
missuny Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015
Oh cool! I actually have masking tape, but I didn't know it went by another name. Thank you so much!
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:iconkittysmash:
kittysmash Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
what kind of clay is that?
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:iconphforever:
phforever Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
This is awesome! I've been wanting to try sculpting,but I'm afraid to try because this stuff is pricey and everything I try fails  miserably. But I feel kinds reassured with and in-depth tutorial like this,tht shows you how to do what your doing instead of saying "Now add the mane". I hope I can try and do this sometime!
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:iconnegativefade:
NegativeFade Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is awesome!
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:iconwyrmsroost:
WyrmsRoost Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Student General Artist
Totally awesome tutorial! This will help me actually finish a sculpture for once...
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:iconloveless-yokai:
Loveless-Yokai Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
My little pony my little pony!
Love it^^
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:iconexplodingheath:
explodingHeath Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ah this is just magnificent! i'm gonna try sculpture soon!
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:iconkateboat:
Kateboat Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, I'm so excited to begin! This is really helpful, thank you!
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:iconmughalrox:
MughalRox Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amaaaazzzziiinnnggg!!!! :iconyayzplz:

BTW, dangerous for your *lungs* :3
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:iconsasyn:
sasyn Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent and reassuring information. I had completely overlooked the hazard of inhaling the dust from sanding. Thank you.
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:iconpharold:
PHarold Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for this. I'm a newbie and I want to try my hand at this!
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:iconfeyrah:
Feyrah Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good luck!
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:iconkkfreak:
kkfreak Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
part 2 never came.
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:iconfeyrah:
Feyrah Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
White acrylic spraypaint, acrylics, paintbrushes. Spray varnish. Done.
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:iconcreativenight:
CreativeNight Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you for sharing this. Iv been wanting to try sculpting.
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:iconblackalphadragon96:
Blackalphadragon96 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How do i ger my clay not to dry wilhe im sculptig ????
Do i need to have water on or something ?

And how do i get It like a smooth surifes on my sculpture ???
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:iconfeyrah:
Feyrah Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I use oven bake clay that doesn't air dry. If you use air-dry clay, yes, you should have water.
How to get smooth surfaces is explained in the tutorial. Sanding.
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:iconchasmyn:
chasmyn Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
Lovely, thank you!
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:iconflamelover1:
flamelover1 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
can you do flutershy? and can i buy one of these?
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:iconfeyrah:
Feyrah Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry, I don't make these at the moment.
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:iconflamelover1:
flamelover1 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ohh thanks anyway...
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:icongeri-fillot:
Geri-Fillot Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Very very cool!!!!
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:iconpsychoactivities:
Psychoactivities Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the tutorial, but I have a few questions.
First, is the sandpaper necessary?
I don't quite understand why it should be used, unless it's to make painting the sculpture easier.
Also, baking, why is that important to do every so often?
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:iconshocka123:
shocka123 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Wow this is late, but when using polymer clay you must bake it so that it can get hard. If you don't gonna stay mushy for a long time and then it crumbles :lol:

Sanding helps smoothing things out and it actaully makes the finished product a lot better. Makes it smooth and once varnished, even better looking!
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:iconfeyrah:
Feyrah Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sometimes, you keep getting fingerprints on the figure or rounded surfaces aren't exactly as smooth as they could. It's almost impossible to smooth out everything perfectly by hand. It is optional, but I recommend it.

I believe I explained why I bake multiple times. Lets say I sculpt the body, and want to put on the head - I usually have to hold onto the figure to be able to do so, or else i would get my fingerprints all over the sculpture. I learned that the hard way.
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:iconcaptainwilder:
CaptainWilder Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Just passing through, but can say that I bake every sculpture two or three times to save the progress and not spoil already done part while doing next. Usually sanding is used for smoothing, but I'm trying not to use sandpaper at all, smoothing sculpture with turpentine before baking. So, yes it may not be necessary.
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:iconpsychoactivities:
Psychoactivities Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, I see. Thank you for your help! :)
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:iconcanvascope:
Canvascope Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
in addition to this: for smoothing the sculpture after baking you should use very fine-grained sandpaper - 220 grid is the best. but above all it's a pure patience thing, because if you want a very smooth and nice looking surface you have to put alot of time in this part - it depends on how big and detailed the sculpture is but it's not uncommonly that it takes 2 - 3 hours.
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:iconhungarianthief:
HungarianThief Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so helpful! Thank you^^
If I could just ask what the best type of wire would be to use. I went to the arts store (before reading this...) but they had so many different kinds! I didn't know which one to pick..
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:iconfeyrah:
Feyrah Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I used one that was easy to bend but not too easy so the figure would be sturdy. :)
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:iconhungarianthief:
HungarianThief Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hmm. Alright, I'll have a look then. Thanks^^
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:iconalamarus:
Alamarus Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic Tutorial I really learned alot doing it but I have some questions.

I ended up using mostly super sculpey and then when I got to the head Premo Sculpey mixed with super. I am about finished sanding it and fine tuning it then I was going to go straight to painting it.

Now I know NOTHING about sculpting. Never took a class, never did ceramics, NOTHING so if this question sounds stupid then.....forgive my newbiness ^_^;;

My plan was that after I finished sanding it I was going to spray paint it white with white primer then go ahead and use acrylics to paint my pony how I pleased. It dawned on me that I need Spray Finish. My question is that is there a kind that has no gloss? Also I was looking online for finish but I also read about people putting on sealer first then painting.

So whats my next step? sealer then primer? spray finish? do I need a finish? any advice is greatly appreciated!
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:iconfeyrah:
Feyrah Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I usually spray it white very lightly and the paint more white over it because my spraypaint was weird. xD
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:iconalamarus:
Alamarus Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So you dont use any soray finish or sealent? XD because my plan was to bascecoat white and use acrylics to paint over the basecoat. But i also heard it takes multiple layers ( less so when you sand it bur i have sanded the heck out of it xD)
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:iconfeyrah:
Feyrah Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I do use sprayfinish after painting the figure, of course.
:)
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:iconalamarus:
Alamarus Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks ^_^ what kind of acrylics do you use? I got some as part of a gift........they are terribad -_-. What brand do you use mostly?
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:iconfeyrah:
Feyrah Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can't recall, I just took the cheapest ones I coud find and they work fine. I think it sais what brand it is in the tutorial.
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:iconamatae:
AmaTae Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hello! I have a brief question. I was searching tutorials and I heard someone mention using turpentine to brush over everything once it's been sanded to give it a smoother texture. Have you tried this and does it work? Does it affect the clay itself and the drying time?

I'm curious as I'm a right beginner and I want to do this correctly before just jumping at it.
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:iconfeyrah:
Feyrah Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey! I mostly use the Terpentine before I bake. Not after. In that case, it does really help smoothen the surface! I didnt have any when I made this sculpture, but I used it on another one.
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:iconamatae:
AmaTae Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
ok thanks for the reply - I was just wondering. Have you worked with natural clay?
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:iconthegreattitanicchick:
this is great, will just regular sculpey clay work though or does it have to be super sculpey? (i know that's a stupid question, but i'm so new at this i've never done this before ^^')
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:iconfeyrah:
Feyrah Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Im pretty sure sculpey works fine
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