Toy Design & Sculpture: Sculpting Wrinkles & Texture – FREE CHAPTER

– [Voiceover] Let’s
start gettin’ some more clay on these legs. So okay, as you can see I’m goin’ in and I’m pullin’ out some of the form here. Starting to put the base layer in of where the detail is gonna go on top of. And the great thing about Sculpey for me, about working is Super
Sculpey, is that yeah, it just, it takes texture
and detail so, so well. That’s predominately why it’s one of my favorite mediums to work in. So we got this big wrinkly area here right above where this disk joint’s gonna be for his leg. So what we do to quote, unquote hide the fact that
there’s a joint in there is we sculpt the details kind of, just right into where
that whole thing would go and the wrinkles are just
gonna flow right into it. So again, this is just your
typical Kemper wooden tool that I’m using to apply some of this wrinkle texture into my sculpture. And like before, what we’ll do is we’ll get a brush and with
a little bit of turpenoid let’s start to brush
out some of that detail. Then after, what you can do after you’ve carved in some of your wrinkles if you want another great little technique is to just go in and make small, what they call, you know, most call ’em snakes or worms or whatever
you wanna call ’em, out of the Sulpey and put it on the end of your spatula and then what we’ll do is we’ll go in and we’ll put that in there and it adds another level to your wrinkle texture, helps broaden it out a little bit. As you can see I’m adding more of this wrinkly type texture with my little loop tool. – [Voiceover] And Sandy,
let’s say you were to sculpt a part that you’d like to appear in a clear material on the finished toy, this is again from Christian,
like a visor or a helmet, do you sculpt it separately
and ask the factory to make it into a clear
material? When would you specify that stuff?
– Absolutely correct, yes. You would sculpt it normally in clay like you would sculpt anything else and then you specify when you deliver the piece to the factory that you want that made in clear plastic, yeah. Visor, or, you know, they,
all these factories now are doing incredible work with translucent materials and so forth. So now that we’ve got our, the, his right side of
our tail section done, I’m gonna move right into the upper portion of his hind leg here. Again, this is just
simply a different version of a loop tool here that I like to use. It’s got a, it’s more like a little, I call this a shark fin loop ’cause it looks like a little shark fin. And I’ll just go ahead and
carve my detail in with that. Okay, and as we’re comin’
up on this area here, this is where some people might opt to put what they call a hinge joint. We opted not to do that,
but I am gonna show you the basic mechanics of a hinge joint and how it works momentarily. – [Voiceover] Did you have a rule of thumb when you were working for McFarlane or any of these other companies or did they have a rule of thumb about what finished texture was all about? Was there a point at which you just, it didn’t make sense to go further because it wouldn’t reproduce, or? – [Sandy] Oh, no, they, these factories, believe me, can reproduce anything. As a matter of fact, if anything it wasn’t enough, you
know, they were just like, more, more, more, put more, you know, more wrinkles, more texture,
more this, more that. So that was always, you know, a first and foremost thing that a lot of these companies opted for and certainly looked for
when they were hiring people was how well you could sculpt detail. How well versed you were in duplicating different types
of detail and so forth. – [Voiceover] Can you talk about flow? Because I see a lot of
flow goin’ on, what’s your? – [Sandy] I’m a fan of following the forms for detail and I’m a guy that is a little bit of a
less-is-more kinda guy when it comes to detail,
I think, you know, your forms should speak for themselves, but you should also have a
sufficient amount of detail to provide the amount of realism, yet at the same time, you
know, without overwhelming the design or the sculpture itself. Again, I just, I simply look at the forms and to me, as you can see
with what I’m detailing here in the back of his
leg and this little bit of the thorax area, I’m
letting the form dictate what the flow of the detail should be.


  • Luis Valenzuela


  • Dano's Customs

    As usual.. Fantastic.. Sandy is such a cool guy

  • Petja pustišek

    What's the liquid material he uses with his brush? I really could not understand him

  • Katherina

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  • Lex Larss

    Someone please tell me what is the name of this kind of "clay"?

  • sal

    what type of tools are you using ?

  • Matt Piavis

    this is exactly the clay I use for my dinosaur figures

  • Emilys clay

    Aww Sandy

  • James Trotman

    whats it like working with the Sculpty?

  • Derp Gaming

    Are u guys selling this figure?

  • Jek Afonin

    This is – Super Sculpey Original or Super Sculpey Firm ?

  • Thomas Canuelas

    you look like you should be on the scene!! lol!!

  • Gigi Gigio

    Does castilene harden? If yes, should it be cooked or air-dried? I do not know if you've explained it, but I do not speak English well and I could not follow all the talk.

  • Niki_Mafioso

    @2:18 you can see the unused The Lost World Jurassic Park Pteranodon Animatronic in the background. So awesome!

  • Matthew Regalado

    Where do you get these fine detailing loop tools? I can't seem to find any

  • Jimmy Chang Art

    Director of Batman: Dead End

  • Peter Gašperan

    I have this modeling plasticine that I find great to get ideas down, and what is great, that you can, obviously, re-use it… does it have any use in the professional sculpting circles/world? Being a self-taught artist and all.. is why I am asking…

  • My2CΞnts

    What factories are you talking about, and what do they charge?? I’ve sculpted a creature that im looking to sell. It has lots surface detail and small parts that require injection mold to cast properly, and I want it in polystone resin. In other words I dont have the ability to replicate it on my own. Been looking for manufacturers but have been unable to find any at all.


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