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Finish blocking off the arm

Posted by goregt On June - 17 - 2007

Finish blocking off the arm

In the previous lessons covering the arm on this sculpture the goal was to get a basic shape for the right arm.  Now it is time to start refining the shapes so that we can begin working on the details for the arm.

A lesson or two back I made a comment that the arm was going to look like a mess for awhile.  This is the lesson where the arm starts really looking like a muscular arm.

* This sculpture is created with Super Sculpey.

  1. Just as before I draw in lines to represent the individual muscles of the arm.
  2. I start adding a little clay here and there to bulk up the individual muscles.  The key is to make the upper arm flow naturally into the upper forearm.  I heavily rely on images off arms in this position during this stage of the sculpting process.
  3. I know the shape looks a little strange right now but in a couple more pictures it will all makes sense. See how I blend the muscles from the upper to the lower arm?
  4. Still bulking out the sides, front and back of my arm.  Right now I am only focusing on the upper arm and upper portion of the forearm.
  5. Very rough image but the progression is really coming along now.  All I have to do now is smooth and round out the muscles in the arm.

Picture tutorial below

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Next lesson – Adding veins to the arm

Previous lesson Sculpting the Forearm

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2 Responses to “Finish blocking off the arm”

  1. rachel says:

    hi, i’m from singapore and am thinking of using polymer clay for an art project for a life- sized human sculpture. can i know how much it will cost me, and where i can get the clay? thanks!

  2. sandra742 says:

    Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. 🙂 Cheers! Sandra. R.

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