Beginners Guide To Animation: Sculpting Characters With Clay
This program describes the properties of polymer clay, the tools used to sculpt, bake and paint the material and illustrates the basic forms that you can make out of clay that provide the basis for any sculpture. Step One: Posture. The first creation is a cartoon boxing glove. The viewer builds on this experience to make a cartoon hand and arm with clothing. The fundamentals of posture are discussed along with its effectiveness in conveying meaning. Step Two: Anatomy. Students are shown how comic book artists suggest form with drawing and how the sculptor can build upon two-dimensional work as an aid in creating three-dimensional figures. Step Three: Creation of Character. A cartoon face refrigerator magnet is created, showing how feeling and character are generated through the use of careful positioning, size and texture of basic clay forms. Painting techniques are shown to create the illusion of toned skin, highlights in the eyes adding character to the face.