i want to start sculpting but dont know what to buy, any help?

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  1. MrGzilla

    MrGzilla Well-Known Member

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    hey, ive been building props for a little while now, and want to go into the special fx buisiness when i graduate college, but i want to start sculpting more, and build my skills so that ill be able to produce a portfolio and have more knowlege of these things, but im lost as to what to buy to start this, so what is the best clay to buy? i also want to build my make up skills more, so is there an fx make up kit out there? i want to learn how to make prosthetic appliences and how to utilize them, so the sculpting is the fist thing i need to practice. im pretty good at, but ive never tried anything on a larger scale, so i want to try a few busts
    so any help or tips would be great!
    thank you!
     
  2. TheWhiteGrail

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    Sorry, don't have any pointers because you sound just like me! I've been modelling for years and know the ins and outs of it, but also thought that sculpting would be a great new skill to use in the business, and would look great on my portfolio.

    I want to go up and work for WETA Workshop (good luck..) after I finish my degree, so I'd love some tips in the sculpting department too!
     
  3. fettster

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    If you want to practice sculpting busts and such, get yourself a few bags of WED clay, it's a cheap, slow drying water based clay that is very easy to model with and allows for quick build ups.
    I would certainly recommend that as a starting point over an oil based clay.

    Also, if you would like to learn the art of prosthetic make-up and application, then I thoroughly recommend neill gortons instructional dvd's. These are ( in my opinion) THE best and most comprehensive DVDs available on the subject.
     
  4. Bizarro Lois

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    Just buy some clay and start experimenting. I'm still pretty new and I only make small items so far. I just use whatever I have around, sometimes blending different kinds until I have the consistency I want. Bakable clay(Sculpey, etc) is nice, because it won't dry out, and then you can cure it once you're done. I have some regular modeling clay to try next. I also like the little metal tools with shaped loops at the ends. Getting them has helped me a lot. But simple things like toothpics and paintbrush handles also work sometimes.
     
  5. MrGzilla

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    thanks for the info! is there any clay thats relatively cheep thats reuseable?
    ill definitley look into getting those dvds though!
     
  6. Laffo

    Laffo Sr Member

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    WED is cheap, re-useable, easy to clean up, odorless and was good enough to sculpt most of Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom.

    Laffo.
     
  7. MrGzilla

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    thanks! ive used sculptey, and its great for smaller things, but its just too expensive to do bigger projects with and thats really what im looking to practice at
     
  8. Wes R

    Wes R Legendary Member

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    You can get sculpting tools dirt cheap online or at local craft shops before moving on to more expensive versions. Personally the wooden and plastic ones I have work find for me and half the time I use whatever is sitting near me instead of going for the tools. One big thing is to be patient and not rush.
     
  9. MrGzilla

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    thanks! thats good to know! haha
     
  10. MrGzilla

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    yeah, ive always used whatever i could find or even make instead of the tools, you can usualy find or carve any tool youll need.
    thanks for the tip! thats something i need to work on too... xD
     
  11. Trademarked

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    I've also found that dental tools make great sculpting tools and you can usually find used ones on the cheap.
     

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