Sculpture Tutorial – Blocking Out the Form

Establishing the Head, Neck, and Shoulders
may seem like an unimportant step, but I would suggest to you that this may be one of the
most crucial steps in the whole sculpting process. Getting this step right will determine the
accuracy for your final product. Things like motion, character, shape, size,
and posture are all items that will be affected by blocking out these features properly. In this step, I’m going to show you how
to get some meat put on the bones of your bust. Let’s start by adding clay to the wire frame. Note that you do not need to use the clay
that you added flocking to just yet. Use the original clay batch for this step. Note: It’s important to build the base up
evenly as you add clay. Try to avoid focusing in on just one area
of the sculpture until everything has been defined. This may cause proportions to become off as
you hone in on just one area at a time. We’ll cover detailing and refining in a
later lesson. As you add more clay, keep in mind that the
size of your bust has already been determined by your armature. That being said, it is still important to
look at the proportions of your bust as you add clay to the head, neck, and shoulders. Remember our rule of thumb, shoulders are
usually the width of two human heads laying horizontally side by side. If you are creating a creature, it’s ok
to go outside of those boundaries and design something out of this world. However, for this example, we’re focusing
on the human anatomy. The neck can be thicker or smaller than the
width of the head depending on how fat or skinny the person will be. In this example, we are sculpting an average
sized male figure so the width of the neck will be slightly smaller than the width of the head. Congratulations! You now have a blocked in human bust. The foundation has been set. Thanks for watching: Be sure to submit a picture
of your blocked out head, neck, and shoulders to our facebook page at
and get contructive feedback about your assignment from the community. In the next lesson, I’ll teach you how to
locate the anatomical features on a human bust.

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