Top Tips For Beginner Clay Sculptors

Sculpting is a difficult art form that requires proper concentration and practise. In this article, we listed out some tips that will help you go through the process a little easier:

1: SET UP AN APPROPRIATE WORKPLACE: With sculpting, it is important that you have a designated and organised workplace where you can easily reach all the materials you require without hassle. Having a clean workplace ensures that you can quickly locate all that you need which will, in turn, improve the entire creative process.
It is important to ensure that your table is situated at a height that doesn’t let you hunch while you work. Finally, ensure that your table has enough room to comfortably arrange all your supplies and is not cramped. Make sure to also have a comfortable chair for you might need to sit at the table and work for hours at an end.

2: TRY TO USE A WIDE ARRAY OF REFERENCES:
Try to analyse and study the human and animal body, skeleton, muscles etc. from real life and books which will help you sketch them better. Having scale models or ecorche figures will greatly help you in the process as well, for you can hold and study them from different lighting. Further, apart from books and actual figures, objects like seashells and rocks will give you an idea about the texture that can also prove helpful.

3: LOOK AT ANATOMY IN STAGES:
A common mistake all new sculptors make is to jump into every element of the sculpting before the primary form has even been properly defined. If you do not spend a good deal of time to sculpt your base or primary form, the entire sculpture will give away and won’t end up the way you wanted it to. For instance, big muscle forms must be added as an overall volume first and then broken down into their individual forms.

4: CAREFULLY CONSIDER THE POSE:
When forming a sculpture, you need to make sure that your pose works from all angles and looks well balanced. Ensure that the figure’s curves look appealing from every angle and the composition is right. A good way to help you check this is by taking photographs of your figure for it is easier for you to figure out if anything is wrong through photographs.

5:  CAREFULLY CHECK ALL YOUR PROPORTIONS AS YOU GO ALONG THE PROCESS:
As you are sculpting, check that all your proportions are proper and in place and add little bits of clay here and there as you go. For instance, the figure’s eyes must be rightly framed, and if it has a mustache, it is longer than the eyes and mouth. Creating imaginary lined between the forms will help you rightly check your proportions.