Creating Lifelike Figures in Polymer Clay: Tools and Techniques for Sculpting Realistic Figures (英語) ペーパーバック – 2008/4/29
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Katherine Dewey’s expressive and elegantly detailed sculptures enchant all who see them. With the magical medium of polymer clay and this book, you can follow in her footsteps.
Thorough instructions supported by more than 400 step-by-step color photos and 200 detailed drawings cover the entire process of sculpting realistic figures. Easy-to-read maps of the figure illustrate the landmarks of the body, while scale diagrams indicate the simple shapes hidden within the human form, as well as how to combine and model those shapes.
For anyone who loves fantasy, romance, nature—or sophisticated crafting—this book is a must-have.
Artist Katherine Dewey has used polymer clay to create fanciful, exquisitely detailed sculptures for more than thirty years. She conducts many workshops around the country each year and is a featured artist on many polymer clay forums and websites. She lives in Maxwell, Texas. Visit her on the Web at elvenwork.com.
Unlike many of the similarly priced art books, this one isn't a coffee table display of the author's best works, but rather, a real instruction manual on her technique. Another review here that convinced me to purchase stated that it's laid out more like a college course textbook.
Since I'm a neophyte when it comes to polymer clay, I cannot say if it holds value for anyone other than a newbie looking for techniques and tips. Intermediate and advanced sculptors may not find anything they didn't already know. But, for me as an artist new to polymer clay, this book is amazing. Exactly what I was looking for. I highly recommend it.
- It follows conventions that don't seem very common to sculpting, so I found it difficult to combine the techniques found in this book with other sculpting techniques I've learned.
- It asks you to make some of the tools you'll need to use ( carving and sculpting unique handles, etc) and then requires you to use them to complete some of the books projects.
- most directions tell you to use aluminum foil as a core instead of armature wire, which I found to be more difficult.
Otherwise, I felt it explained it's techniques very clearly and, with practice, I found that it was possible to achieve results similar to the author's finished figures.