Learn to Make a Male Figure Model Using Water Clay

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Learn to Make a Male Figure Model Using Water Clay

Modeling the human body is one of the great challenges of a sculptor. It can also become an engaging learning exercise that helps solve other patterns.

By watching these video tutorials you will learn how to build the anatomical male figure with water based clay.

In each part of these tutorials, the creator focuses on different parts of the body and teaches step by step so that you can achieve the male figure with water-based clay.

Plasticine, clay, some kinds of ceramics, are all masses made up of dry earth, dust or mud and aggregates of different compounds.

This mixture is dissolved in water or oil to form the paste. The added compounds, the type of soil and the agent in which it is dissolved give the clay different properties.

In general, when wet it is moldable and flexible and when dry it shrinks and remains permanently hard.

Clay has been used for a variety of purposes over the centuries and is still used for many of those purposes today. It is used and has been used to form everything from containers to bricks and even as a writing medium.

Different types of clay

There are different types of clays to work with. Nowadays it is easy to find most of them in the main craft stores.

There are clays of different colors and different types of drying, the main thing is to know which clay to use for the different jobs to be done.

  • Oil-based clays: These are modeling clays. This type of clay can be reused many times because it does not dry out easily.

They are malleable and easy to work at room temperature. It is available in different colors that can be mixed and matched. Due to their oil base, they are difficult to clean from stained surfaces.

  • Water based clays: this is the most common in crafting as it air dries and require no oven or heat, it is cheap and if it has the right amount of moisture you can easily work and shape them.

Like air drying, if you don't want your project to dry overnight, you should protect it with a plastic bag to keep it moist so you can continue working on it. It can be painted once dry.

  • Plasticine made from polymers: this very popular plasticine these days comes in different colors and different brands.

It is generally used for jewelry projects you work at home and you can dry it in a home oven which makes the silhouette permanent, some are even dried to form gummies.

There are several brands, Sculpey, Fimo and others that you will find in some stationery and craft stores.

  • Clay for pottery: this clay is generally air-dried and then requires high-temperature firing to take on its characteristic shine. It is used to make plates and dishes.

For most of the creations on our page, we will typically use water-based clay that dries in the air.

Working the clay

There are many ways to work with clay, and not all of them require expensive or hard-to-find-and-use tools.

Children know that with a stick of plasticine and toothpicks, wood, paper, clips, bottle caps, toothbrushes, coins, cookie cutters, garlic, lemon squeezer, etc. With objects present in all houses, we can form fun figures.

You can buy tools used by carvers called stiques at art supply stores, or you can make your own with some basic instructions.

This video will be very useful to you since the creator will also give you tips that will help you in future projects. It will also show you how to make armor for a male figure using the standard 8 head ratio. Don't miss this fantastic opportunity!

We thank Mr Wasala for the images.

Enjoy This Video Tutorial About Sculpture

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Source: Mr Wasala

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