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This forum has been a way to provide a public exchange of questions and answers for polymer clay sculptors. But, as I said in my final post, there comes a time when all things must end. That doesn't mean the forum used as an archive has nothing to offer. Indeed it is still loaded with questions and answers that remain relevant and which are searchable! For that reason, I'm keeping it available, though no new posts can be added. If after searching the forum your question isn't addressed, Join me on Facebook.com to ask it. As always, you'll find me there as Katherine Dewey. Hope to see you there. --  Katherine

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Useful and inspiring resources

Below is a list of sites I think you'll like. Beneath each URL is a short description. You'll have to cut and paste. Enjoy...

Sculptor's Sites & Sculpting Tutorials--
http://www.sculptorscorner.goregoregore.com/
--My all time favorite, a blow-you-away gallery of the best industry artists. Many no longer maintain websites because of this gallery.
http://www.2bitstudio.com/
--Good tutorials on armature and undersculpt by one of my favorite people.
http://www.alexoliver.art.br/esculp02.htm
--He's brilliant, and, of course, can do everything.
http://www.alterton.com.ar/
--Astonishing work in modeling epoxy
http://www.amazingmodeler.com/
--A magazine worth having
http://www.blairsculpture.com/
--Turn on the sound! You'll love his wicked whimsey.
http://www.boiseartmuseum.org/i_education_horsesculpting.htm
--Everything you need to know about horse sculpting
http://www.bowendesigns.com/exe/
--One of the best, his work is pristeen.
http://www.creamdog.net/index.html
--One of those folks who can do it all -- draw, paint, sculpt, compute...
http://www.conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=18287&page=1&pp=60
--Smellybug's famous tute uses an interesting tool for symetry
http://www.danperezstudios.com/
--Dan has excellent tutes on molding, casting and tool making
http://www.foodchaincreations.com/
--Baity, aka Brian Baity, sculpts portraits with a style all his own, knowing what to enhance to capture a likness.
http://goregoregore.com
--Quirky work so well done and marvelous tutorials on technique
http://www.greenwellstudios.com/
--Characters from the comics all done with flair
http://www.gremlins.com/
--One of the oldest sites on the web, check how their "how to's" under Articles
http://figuresculptures.com/index.htm
--Lovely, lively and fluid figures; I spend too much time here.
http://www.figuresculpture.net/
--Videos, tools, tutorials...Wayne the Dane's site.
http://www.jamesrogersstudio.com/home.html
--From Sponge Bob to Starwars, you know their work.
http://www.jiverminiatures.com/
--With Jimmy, it's all about the details.
http://mandragoreminiatures.free.fr/tutorialanglaisfinal.pdf
--Want to work small, really, really small?
http://www.martianfactory.com/
--Claudio Setti's amazing team
http://www.modelersresource.com/
--Another magazine worth having--I do
http://www.peterkonig.com/
--Remarkable creatures
http://philippefaraut.com/index.html
--A constant source of inspiration
http://roquelaine.free.fr/
--Cyril's work is both beautiful and eerie
http://www.scaledart.com/
--Is it live or is it...?
http://www.sculptor.org/Sculptors/
--All sorts of links to artists and organizations
http://www.shiflettbrothers.com/
--Masters of anatomy, Brandon and Jarrod do exquisite work
http://www.southerngfx.co.uk/general/tutorials/tutorial.htm
--Terrific tutorials
http://www.studiowillich.com/
--Jill Willich can do it all and does on a regular basis
http://www.toiletface.homestead.com/home.html
--Gabe Perna proves personal style can shine through--a favorite
http://www.toxicmom.com/
--Ralph Cordero, aka Toxic Papa, dispenses advice on the Clubhouse Forum. He knows everything. I mean everything.
http://www.villafanestudios.com/
--Ray Villafane, art teacher and sculptor extraordinaire who also carves astonishing pumpkins at Halloween.
http://www.planetfigure.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=4656&st=0
--This amazing demonstration illustrates how important it is to establish the overall shape of the face, especially the jaw, when sculpting a likeness. The same is true when sculpting gender; along with the brows, the width and shape of jaw defines gender and is probably the single definitive feature in the early stages of a head sculpt.

Sculpting Forums
http://theclubhouse1.net/
--Go to the Sculpting Forum
http://www.conceptart.org/forums/
--Go to Concepts in 3D & Sculpting
http://www.planetfigure.com/forums
--go to Sculpting
http://www.statueforum.com/
--go to the Sculptor's Corner
http://www.shiflettbrothers.com/messageboard/index.php

Muscles & Bones--
http://www.allheart.com/anatomical-charts-and-models.html
--Every doctor's office has their muscle charts; every sculptor should,too.
http://www.daz3d.com/shop.php?op=itemdetails&item=3050
--A great musculature resource
http://www.reybustos.com/
--A favorite and fun site for anatomy and sculpture
http://www.fineart.sk/
--Andrew Loomis' books available for download and other great resources
http://www.female-anatomy-for-artist.com/
--The title says it all

Slightly off the Beaten Track Supplies--
http://www.artstuf.com/
--a source for clays and waxes
http://www.miniworlddolls.com/
--Good source for eyes, hair, joints, tools
http://www.smallparts.com
--Brass rods, ball bearings, all kinds of small stuff
http://www.texasart.com/store/view/001/group_id/244/Loew-Cornell-Scribers.htm
http://www.misterart.com/store/view.cfm?group_id=244&store=001
--Two sources for the straight point/curved scriber & burnisher
Item # 2556650 can replace just about every tool but your thumb
http://avesstudio.com
--The source for Aves Apoxie...I love this chemical cure polymer, it's very different from polymer clay. Great for strong undersculpts. Once cured, it is heat sensitive, so prop it during baking.
http://www.magicsculp.com/
--The source for Magic Sculp, a two part epoxy as strong as Aves with similar properties and uses. If you use it for and undersculpt, once cured, it doesn't require propping in the oven.

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WOW! Katherine - This is GREAT! Thank you so much.

FYI - In case anyone doesn't know: you can cut and paste Katherine's message into Word, highlight each URL (one at a time) Right click-copy, right click-hyperlink, CTRL-V, click OK (or hit enter). This will make the hyperlink live in word so all you have to do is click on it to get to the site. Watch before you CTRL-V though as some of the links will automatically populate into the hyperlink window. It sounds like a lot of steps, but it goes fast. Took me less than 4 minutes to do the whole message.

Thanks again Karen! You're the bestest!

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Links to jointed doll sites and paper clay modeling, including sites recommended by Daphne Hardy:
http://members.jcom.home.ne.jp/hizukidoll/
http://www.jabber-wock.com/fantasia/figure/proc8.html
http://homepage1.nifty.com/moon-doll/galry2.html
http://www.linkclub.or.jp/~oshizaka/honten/doll/howto/05.html
http://www2d.biglobe.ne.jp/~dhnoah/make_00.htm
http://www2.saganet.ne.jp/shi-ki/

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Two links posted by Alexander that are especially good, one a wicked charicature artist and the other a Russian Doll artist:
http://www.davidokeefe.com/index.html
http://www.kukly.ru/

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Every tutorial on this site is a gem. My favorite is the excellent tutorial on rooting hair, including the tool used. Though it's a lifesized mask, the techniques are exactly the same as those used for a 1:12 scale miniature. Click on the images to make them larger, especially the cut needle tool. There are some beading needles that work well for the small scale head; use them along the hairline. Use a larger needle for the crown and attach multiple strands.
http://www.themonsterlab.com/faq.html

Enjoy,
Katherine

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A very old site with excellent instructions now in English. It's the ultimate jointed doll.
http://www2d.biglobe.ne.jp/~dhnoah/make_00.htm

Note: it's part of my master list, but I missed it when pasting it into the original resource file. Oh the woes of cut and paste...

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Clay Moore's web log describing the thought and sculpting processes that make for a great sculpt:
http://www.csmoorestudio.com/blog/blog.html

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Site on contortion and other limber people. I got looking into this after a thread on the clubhouse forum that had links to a few sites but none I liked that much. This is the site I found the best because it has a huge photo gallery with male, female, and kids, along with a massive link collection to more sites. No nudity but the poses might cause sympathy pains.

http://www.contortionhomepage.com/

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These work very well on "overhead transparency" sheets as well as on vellum. For using transparency paper, here is a tutorial on one way to do wings:
http://www.patriciarosestudio.com/html/tutorial.html
(If you scroll down the page, you will see the tutorial for wings).
Here is another way to do wings:
http://ooakguild.com/index.php?name=Content&pid=5
Have fun with all of this and never be afraid to do things your own way.

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Here are some pages I've put together, I hope they help people out. Also I deserve to be smacked, the first two I've had up for months and really should have posted them before this.
Eyesize Chart
Polymer Sculpting Tips and Techniques
Techniques for Curing Polymer Clay

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Re: Useful and inspiring resources. I linked the URLs, so click away...

No need to cut and paste anymore! So, click away...
If anyone comes across a broken link, let me know via email, so I can fix it. Thanks!


Kathy's Links



Sculptor's Sites and Sculpting Tutorials


www.thesculptorscorner.com

• My all time favorite, a blow-you-away gallery of the best industry artists.
Many no longer maintain web sites because of this gallery.


www.2bitstudio.com

• Good tutorials on armature and undersculpt by one of my favorite people.


www.alexoliver.art.br/esculp02.htm

• He's brilliant, and, of course, can do everything.


www.alterton.com

• Astonishing work in modeling epoxy.


www.amazingmodeler.com

• A magazine worth having.


www.myspace.com/blairsculpture

• Turn on the sound! You'll love his wicked whimsy.


www.boiseartmuseum.org/education/horsesculpting.php

• Everything you need to know about horse sculpting.


www.bowendesigns.com

• One of the best, his work is pristine.


www.creamdog.net/index.html

• One of those folks who can do it all—draw, paint, sculpt, compute...


www.conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=18287&page=1&pp=60

• Smellybug's famous tutorial uses an interesting tool for symmetry.


www.danperezstudios.com

• Dan has excellent tutorials on molding, casting and tool making.


www.goregoregore.com

• Quirky work so well done and marvelous tutorials on technique.


www.greenwellstudios.com

• Characters from the comics all done with flair.


www.gremlins.com

• One of the oldest sites on the web, check how their “how to’s” under Articles.


www.figuresculptures.com

• Lovely, lively and fluid figures; I spend too much time here.


www.figuresculpture.net

• Videos, tools, tutorials...Wayne the Dane's site.


www.jamesrogersstudio.com/home.html

• From Sponge Bob to Starwars, you know their work.


www.8th-collectible.be

• With Jimmy, it's all about the details.


www.mandragoreminiatures.free.fr/menututorials.htm

• Want to work small, really, really small?


www.martianfactory.com

• Claudio Setti's amazing team.


www.modelersresource.com

• Another magazine worth having—I do.


www.philippefaraut.com/index.html

• A constant source of inspiration.


www.roquelaine.free.fr

• Cyril's work is both beautiful and eerie.


www.scaledart.com

• Is it live or is it...?


www.sculptor.org/sculptors

• All sorts of links to artists and organizations.


www.shiflettbrothers.com

• Masters of anatomy, Brandon and Jarrod do exquisite work.


www.southerngfx.co.uk/general/tutorials/tutorial.htm

• Terrific tutorials.


www.studiowillich.com

• Jill Willich can do it all and does on a regular basis.


www.toiletface.homestead.com/home.html

• Gabe Perna proves personal style can shine through—a favorite.


www.villafanestudios.com

• Ray Villafane, art teacher and sculptor extraordinaire who also carves astonishing pumpkins at Halloween.


www.planetfigure.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=4656&st=0

• This amazing demonstration illustrates how important it is to establish the overall shape of the face, especially the jaw, when sculpting a likeness. The same is true when sculpting gender; along with the brows, the width and shape of jaw defines gender and is probably the single definitive feature in the early stages of a head sculpt.


www.foodchaincreations.com

• Baity, aka Brian Baity, sculpts portraits with a style all his own, knowing what to enhance to capture a likeness.

NOTE: Unfortunately this site is currently down.


www.toxicmom.com

• Ralph Cordero, aka Toxic Papa, dispenses advice on the Clubhouse Forum. He knows everything. I mean everything.

NOTE: Unfortunately this site is currently down.


 


Sculpting Forums


www.theclubhouse1.net

• Go to the Sculpting Forum.


www.conceptart.org/forums

• Go to Concepts in 3D & Sculpting.


www.planetfigure.com/forums

• Go to Sculpting.


www.statueforum.com

• Go to the Sculptor's Corner.


www.shiflettbrothers.com/forum/index.cfm

• Shiflett Brother’s Sculpting Forum.


 


Muscles and Bones


www.allheart.com/anatomical-charts-and-models.html

• Every doctor's office has their muscle charts; every sculptor should,too.


www.daz3d.com/shop.php?op=itemdetails&item=3050

• A great musculature resource.


www.reybustos.com

• A favorite and fun site for anatomy and sculpture.


www.fineart.sk

• Andrew Loomis' books available for download and other great resources


www.female-anatomy-for-artist.com

• The title says it all.


 


Slightly off the Beaten Track Supplies


www.artstuf.com

• A source for clays and waxes.


www.miniworlddolls.com

• Good source for eyes, hair, joints, tools.


www.smallparts.com

• Brass rods, ball bearings, all kinds of small stuff.


www.texasart.com/store/view/001/group_id/244/Loew-Cornell-Scribers.htm

www.misterart.com/store/view.cfm?group_id=244&store=001

• Two sources for the straight point/curved scriber & burnisher

Item # 2556650 can replace just about every tool but your thumb.


www.avesstudio.com

• The source for Aves Apoxie...I love this chemical cure polymer, it's very different from polymer clay. Great for strong undersculpts. Once cured, it is heat sensitive, so prop it during baking.


www.magicsculp.com

• The source for Magic Sculp, a two part epoxy as strong as Aves with similar properties and uses. If you use it for and undersculpt, once cured, it doesn't require propping in the oven.




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Blairstonesculpting leads to a credit union or bank-so what is the actual link?

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Unfortunately, Robert has closed his website. When and if he opens a new site, I'll post it.
All the best,
Katherine

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This a terrific reference site:
http://digimorph.org/

Katherine

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Katherine,

Here is an interesting site that Australian Artist Amanda Day/Twinessence shared with us on a sculpting site:

http://www.artnatomia.net/uk/artnatomyApplication.html

~joanna

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