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Sculpt tutorial for cast bases by fenrirschild Sculpt tutorial for cast bases by fenrirschild
Alternate title: how I go about making my sculpts.

Time elapsed: About 2-3hrs.
Materials: about 5lbs Jolly King sulfur free plastiline clay, two 2in acrylic eye blanks, an eBay head form. (Optional-duct tape and plastic bag for covering your mannequin.
References: a few Googled images of feline musculature, my RMI catalog, and my lovely cat Eclipse.

Surely not a comprehensive tutorial, more of a set of points to think on.

Part one in a series, stay tuned for the rest!
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Kittei Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know this was posted a while back but would you suggest using apoxie sculpt for sculpting?
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axemnas Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Student General Artist
Great tutorial I'll have to get me some of those eye blanks for my future blanks. My current one doesn't really matter (it's toony) but, the future ones definitely. 
What would you say would be the biggest thing to worry about working on a mannequin that may not be the correct size? I'm having to work on a cosmopolitan head and while it served it's purpose with my last sculpt and partial mask I'm a bit worried about the chin to forehead proportions though I suppose if I had that layer of foam first it helps with the issue. Since I'm attempting one of my first though so I thought I'd ask. I'd love to avoid making mistakes that could cost me silicone
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WildWolfAMPEDART Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
When this tutorial said no water-based clay, does that mean that you can't use air-dry clay?
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axemnas Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Student General Artist
from what I understand its possible if it's oil based though for this I don't find air-dry useful. I use monster clay since it doesn't dry out. The thing about the non air dry is you can use it over and over and over for years and for projects like this you can actually sit it down and go somewhere else while air dry you have to stay with it constantly.Personally I think the plasticine is a bit easier to manipulate too. The thing about air dry is you've got to wet it A-lot and working on something like this you have to take a lot of time and air dry cracks and cracks will appear on the silicone. So typically air dry is only used when making the dividing wall for that reason
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WildWolfAMPEDART Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
Yeah, that makes sense. Thank you ^^ 
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axemnas Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Student General Artist
No problem. MonsterMakers.com's got a good deal on 5lb. MonsterClay plasticine if your looking for some good clay and I have to say Monster Clay is the best I've ever used and one of the most recommended by industry professionals
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WildWolfAMPEDART Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
Wow, Thanks ^^
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axemnas Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Student General Artist
no problem
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sensei95 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
can plasticine clay be used for this, without having a reaction?
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donnie47 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
Fantastic tutorial, thanks :)
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SharkMoon17 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
Thanks for sharing~ ^^
so for sizing it for other face shapes, just be sure to make the mask bigger/wider?
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fenrirschild Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Professional Artist
The most useful measurement I use is the width across the eyebrows, which is easiest to get by holding a measuring tape or a ruler against your forehead in the mirror. Generally if you get that measurement right, it will fit even if it's made on an undersized mannequin.
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SharkMoon17 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
oh ok, thanks! sorry my brain's been derping at that for a while now o.e
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fenrirschild Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Professional Artist
It's all good! I had to learn that bit the hard way, hopefully I can spare you that!
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SharkMoon17 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
^^ hehe I know how you feel, all I ever do is experiment xD
When I eventually make a mask I'll let you know how it comes :) thank you again~
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