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Sculpture tutorial for beginners | Sculpting

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By Feyrah   |   Watch
Published: March 8, 2012
© 2012 - 2020 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.


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.
Image size
699x13490px 2.29 MB
Adobe Photoshop CS5 Windows
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Jedaxx's avatar
JedaxxProfessional Digital Artist
sunziana's avatar
Great tutorial! Thank you very much!
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Anu72Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! Looking at doing some bigger sculpts than I have before, this will help a lot!! 
Dredorida's avatar
What grain of sandpaper? I've been using 220 and it seems to work REASONABLE well... 
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FeyrahHobbyist Digital Artist
i switched from rougher ones to smoother ones if that helps?
Dredorida's avatar
Wow! This worked for me when no other tutorials did :D 

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Petra1999Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for this awesome tutorial!
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FeyrahHobbyist Digital Artist
Glad it helped!
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SellesionProfessional 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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FeyrahHobbyist 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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SellesionProfessional General Artist
I'll keep that in mind. Thank you! ^^
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missunyHobbyist Digital Artist
Where can I get crepe tape? Is it expensive?
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FeyrahHobbyist 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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missunyHobbyist Digital Artist
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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kittysmashHobbyist Traditional Artist
what kind of clay is that?
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phforeverStudent 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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NegativeFadeHobbyist Traditional Artist
This is awesome!
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WyrmsRoostProfessional General Artist
Totally awesome tutorial! This will help me actually finish a sculpture for once...
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My little pony my little pony!
Love it^^
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explodingHeathHobbyist Digital Artist
ah this is just magnificent! i'm gonna try sculpture soon!
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kateboatStudent General Artist
Ah, I'm so excited to begin! This is really helpful, thank you!
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MughalRoxHobbyist General Artist
Amaaaazzzziiinnnggg!!!! :iconyayzplz:

BTW, dangerous for your *lungs* :3
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sasynHobbyist General Artist
Excellent and reassuring information. I had completely overlooked the hazard of inhaling the dust from sanding. Thank you.
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