Making a QUEEN ELIZABETH I Sculpture with Polymer Clay


Hi there, welcome to today’s video today
I’m going to show you how I made little Queen Elizabeth I here, and I
hope you can see she’s really really light, because of her white makeup, but
she’s a really complicated model. She took around three maybe three and a
half days to make, which is longer than I’d anticipated. I’m really
pleased with it so let me go and show you how I made her. So, to get things
started, I’m just gonna wipe down my clay board
with a wet wipe. It’s always a good thing to do and because I’ll be working with a
really really light skin tone, I’m just mixing a light skin tone here with a lot
of white clay. I think the makeup was called Venetian ceruse, of the
Elizabethan times, so I just need to ensure that my model reflects that well. Elizabeth is quite a difficult subject to work on because she looks
really different in all the paintings of her at the time, so I’m just gonna go for
my own interpretation really, but I’m going to loosely base her on this painting
here, which is by an unknown artist but, you know, it’s quite a well-known
painting of her, so it’s a good one just to base my model on. I know she looks like a bit of an alien
here, but I’ve just put some wire in her head because her hair is going to be
quite ornate, so I just want it to be supported, and for the base I don’t need
to use any particular colour really, I just need kind of like a neutral colour,
so it’s a good excuse to to use up all my spare clay, and just mix it into
something that’s kind of acceptable really. If you’re interested in model making and
you’re kind of new to it, I uploaded a tutorial to Skillshare fairly recently,
on how to make a a basic model. So you might find that of interest. I’ll
leave a link below as to where to find the class, and when you sign up with the
link you can get a free two month trial, which is always a good thing, so it’s
always worth doing actually because there’s loads of different teachers on
there, loads of different tutorials on all
sorts of stuff, so by all means go and take a look. If you’re new to
Skillshare, I find it a really useful platform actually, and there’s loads of
classes that I still want to take, maybe on kind of digital stuff. I just
tend to use what I know in Photoshop but, you know, there’s all sorts of stuff that
you can do on the platform, so I’m really keen to explore what I
could do on Photoshop really. So now it’s time just to add the body to the base.
Because the Elizabethan costumes were highly ornate and absolutely huge, I’m
going to rein it in for this model. Because I work with coloured clay, it’s
sometimes quite difficult to create a base underneath your clay, so I end up
using quite a lot of clay really, so I’d like to minimise that where possible
really, and I want to ensure that I give a good bake as well, so I’m gonna use
some foil where I can just to bulk the the skirt out further, which is always a
good thing to do because I think that skirts are probably the most
difficult thing to make with polymer clay, or certainly coloured polymer clay,
because I know it looks really easy but you’ve always got a join to worry about,
and if it’s a full skirt it can be quite a challenge to do without
making it look a complete mess really, so hopefully this
will go alright! Thankfully I don’t have to create a join on this skirt though,
because there’s a opening to the front of her dress so, yeah, I don’t have to
worry about that today which is pretty good. And we’re going to be using some
seed beads here, they’re little kind of pearlescent ones which are really nice,
as of course this is always a difficult thing to achieve with polymer clay,
well in a convincing way anyway, so yeah that’s quite a nice detail to add in. There we go, that’s all done, a little bit
fiddly but always worthwhile. And I’ll just attach that like so. If you’re new to my channel, my name is
Lizzie and I’m a polymer clay artist and illustrator and over the last year or so,
I’ve been paying a lot more attention to my YouTube channel, so I tend to upload
once a week, twice a week whenever I can. I upload a variety of contents so
there’s some creative process videos, such as this one, some tutorials and some
studio vlogs and I’ll be keen to add some some further studio vlogs to my
channel as well, but I’ve also got some bits and bobs about clay illustration as
well, so if you like what you see by all means subscribe, as it would be great to
have you around. So there, it’s coming together pretty
well now. In case you missed it, I made Elizabeth’s
dad a little while ago, old horrible King Henry VIII,
so I’ll just link to that above if you’ve not seen it, because it’s quite an
interesting one, and another pretty ornate character to make. I don’t know
why I keep making super complicated models for this channel, but this one’s
quite a nice thing to do considering I’ve just uploaded a load of badge
tutorials recently! But it was for Halloween really, so you know why not. I guess I need to think about some kind
of Christmas themed videos soon because that’s obviously fast approaching, so if
you have any suggestions by all means let me know. I did do are loads of mini
tutorials last year, there must be about 15 maybe, so go and take a look at those
if you are interested in doing some really quick little things for Christmas.
There’s a lot of things that would work maybe as tree ornaments, etc, so it’s
quite a nice little kind of fun activity if you’re a bit bored one afternoon. So
all these little ribbons are quite difficult to to make really, in a
convincing way, but I think I’ve done an okay job. If they were a little larger, I’d
put a lot more detail into them but when they’re so small like this, it’s really
quite difficult to make them detailed but also pretty secure in that they
won’t break, so there’s always a balance to be made there. And now I’m
moving on to the rough and this will make it hopefully look a lot more like
Elizabeth. And yeah that kind of contrasts pretty
well really, so I need to build up a bit of bulk in the rough, so I’ll just start
under the couple around her neck and, yeah, I think that works pretty well. And
just a bit more detail there and another ribbon or two, because why not.
I think there are ribbons actually in the original painting that I’m basing this
off, so it kind of works. I think I’m just going to add a little bit of detail
to the back of the dress, just so it kind of matches up well with the front.
I’ try where possible to really think about the back of my models, and moving
on to Elizabeth’s hair in fiery red. I really really love red hair and I’m very
envious of people that have it naturally, because I’ve tried a few times in my
life to have red hair and it never quite works in the way I want it to. But
anyway, I need to make Elizabeth’s hair as curly as possible, and curly hair is
really difficult to achieve with coloured polymer clay so I think what I’m going
to do is just to make her hair wavy and then add just a few kind of curly
details at the end, so it gives an impression of being curly.
And I’ll add in some little seed beads again, and because the camera can get in the
way sometimes, I’ve just worked on some some details here away from the camera,
just with her eyebrows because I think she needed some. I was going to
leave them off but I think she looks better with and, you know, some other bits
and bobs, some hair jewellery as well so, yep, pretty pleased with her. So I think
she’s ready to bake, and here she is in all of her royal glory. I think I’m
going to make an illustration with her at some point soon to match up with my
Henry VIII piece and I’ll probably post that on
social media once it’s done. So if you’re on Twitter or Instagram, come follow me
that’s clay disarray and you’ll see it once it’s done. Thanks very much for
watching, give it a thumbs up if you liked it and I’ll see you again soon. Bye
bye.

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