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Sculpting Tribal Torso

Posted by goregt On July - 13 - 2007

I’ve made enough progress on the face at this stage where I can move on to the torso.  Initially when I started this sculpture I only had plans to build a bust (sculpture from the waist up).  However, after working on it for some time I decided to do a full figure instead.  The reason why I am pointing this out is because I did not build an armature for this sculpture that would support an entire figure.  So for the next couple of lessons I will be sculpting this piece as if it were going to end up as a bust and then will switch to doing a full figure sculpture.

Ideally you will want to build out the armature for the full figure from the beginning since it will produce a better and more stable armature.  However, if you feel you need to take the design in a new direction there is no reason why you can’t.  The armature that I will use in the future post is not ideal for a full figure but it will work for this piece and will allow me to make the changes in the direction of my vision.

* This sculpture is created with Super Sculpey.

polymer clay tribal torso I use aluminum foil and regular Sculpey to bulk out the center of the torso.  This saves the amount of Super Sculpey that I have to use and helps cut down on the cost of the clay.
polymer clay tribal torso I have now added Super Sculpey on top of my aluminum foil and regular Sculpey frame.  The various lines in the clay indicate where the various body parts begin and end.The center line helps me split the torso in half, left to right, while the two horizontal lines help me locate where the breast begins and ends.Note: If the face looks a little different in these pictures it is because I am fixing little errors here and there as I sculpt the torso.  I like to move back and forth between the different body parts when I am sculpting.
polymer clay tribal torso I’ve bulked out the torso a little more in this stage and have started to better define the breast.  I still have a long ways to go but the sculpture is starting to look more like a figure now.Note: I’ll go into detail on how I created the arm in the next tutorial.
back of polymer clay torso Nothing special here, I am just starting to bulk out the back a little bit with my Super Sculpey.

Next lesson – Sculpting the tribal arm.

Previous lesson Tribal Face Details

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