Cheap Sculpture Challenge!
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Andrew Joseph Keith
Here here’s where you can post your challenge submissions for the first lesson, How to Start Sculpting on a Budget. If you want a chance to win the prizes be sure to submit your work before the 30th of June! Can’t wait to see what you guys create on a budget.
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Dominic Miranda
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I kind of looked around to see if there was any posts in the 3D & sculpture community where we could share, receive critique and help on anything in general. I didn’t find anything other than making my own new thread, so I thought I’d post it here since I used the reference from the cheap sculpture challenge. Let me know what you all think, this was a sketch I did for a few hours today to study gesture and get my hands more familiar with the medium. Working in this scale I run into difficulties but I’m working thru them with practice. I like how the arms turned out.
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Yiming Wu
This is actually looking quite nice! the gesture and the volume of the body parts all seems nice to me :D
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Wayne Lam
Funny my 20 years old wire stand I made but never get to finish, so using an old stand, foil and a 2 inches wooden shim from picture framing. Here is the head and upper body study.
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aristotle
Nice work. The shim is an interesting tool. It look like it helps keep you focused on main forms--a bit like a rough rake, maybe. I have a bad habit of trying to get a smooth finish too early, before the forms are worked out.
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XInying Lin
Hi, this is my submission. I don’t have enough time to finish the whole body, so here is what I’ve done: the torso (hopefully), her left arm and left leg. I took this chance to have a self-study of human anatomy and it was really fun. Think I’ll finish the work in a few days. Any comments are welcome. Good luck everybody!
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XInying Lin
Btw, I used my fingers, a toothpick and a little toy bow ;D
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kobile
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Hi, was able to "finish" it on time, thank you very much Andrew! Crits are welcome :) kobi
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Wayne Lam
Nice, you and I just made it to the finishing line. Lol
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aristotle
Very nice! I like the way it seems to just emerge from the block of clay.
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renb
3mo
For this challenge, I used a cheap, colorful, and non dry Sculpty clay. I did not have a paper clip at my disposal, so I substituted a safety pin. I took a piece of armature wire and twisted that, then added a piece of tape. I immensely enjoyed this challenge. I haven't done this sort of clay work since I was little. Good luck everyone!
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Thomas Mann
Hi everyone, here is my submission of an upper body sculpt of Evae. I mainly used my fingers and occationally a knife, a paper clip and a pair of scissors. I made my aluminum support much to big so i had to cut out some material here and there. Lesson learned :-) Good Luck everybody.
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Barbara RANDRIANARISAONA
Hello everyone This is my submission 😁 I used my fingers, a paperclip and this metallic object from a manicure set (don't know the name XD) for modelling. I had really hard time with the plastiline modelling clay so the color is really.... Weird 😂 Anyways, I hope you enjoy it 🙂
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samy_art21
My entry for the cheap sculpture challenge: First time doing a sculpture with a block of air dry clay! It was pretty difficult! Used a spare brush, palette knife and paperclips, totalling less than 5$!
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aristotle
Nice work, and bonus points for getting an awesome shadow from it on the wall behind.
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Ari Bauer
I enjoyed the challenge. I used Sculpty Polymer Clay (it was the cheapest clay I had on hand) Florist’s wire A paper clip (which I also lost) A cheap paintbrush A few rubber bands Plastic utensils And tin foil
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Dominic Miranda
I just wanna say I had a blast with this challenge, it was a wonderful way for me to reconnect with something I had thought I lost years ago. So I’m very thankful for even the chance to get to participate with fellow artists here and I’m looking forward to all the critique and help I can receive through this wonderful opportunity. Ive added a 2 WIP photos(armature and image with my hand)to show my progress over the last week. The other images are the completed piece as well as one image included with all the tools I used. The clay I used was Chavant NSP medium(had an old block lying around) as for tools I mostly used my hands, a very trust paper clip(found this to be extremely useful, even after it broke) and a butter knife. I struggled with capturing details in the face especially at this scale which forced me to redo the head a few times. Overall though I had so much fun with this project and I’m excited to see how this course is gonna help me grow.
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Ray Huysman
It was a very interesting sculptural challenge. And it was fun making tools to do the actual sculpting in a soft cheap clay. Thanks for the challenge! Model: Evae 004 (Eva) From Pose Space Figure Scale: 1/6 Medium: Non-drying Oil Based Soft Clay (NDC Modeling Clay 4+) Armature: soft wire, tape, and aluminum foil Base: 2”X3”X5.5” scrap wood  Tools: Hands and some Homemade Tools from paper clips, safety needle, old paint brushes, popsicle stick, plastic knife, twisted wire for texturing, etc. Smoothing Material Tools: Goo Gone (very small amount) and old watercolor brushes (round & flat) with bristles cut to about 3/16” length creating a soft sculpting tool.
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aristotle
Here is a face that I based, especially in the early stages, on Jesse. I began with the profile, and I tried to really get Jesse's basic profile. After I had that, I tried to work without the photo reference as much, exploring the shape of the face and the features in ways that I thought was interesting. I probably would have learned more by being more faithful to the references the whole time, but I enjoyed working in something of a hybrid way. Is this a bad way to use reference materials, in this sort of hybrid way? I didn't used an armature for this--it is solid clay. I used a cheap clay that comes in multi-colored bars, which I kneaded together. The clay was a little over $2 a pound, but I used less than half of that. (I gave some thoughts on the clay in another post in this thread for a torso I did, so I won't repeat that here.) For tools, I used a paperclip, which I mangled a little bit so that I had loops of slightly different sizes and shapes. I also used a tooth pick. I broke it in half by accident, half way through sculpting, but then realized that the broken off end has its uses as well.
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brandonstudio
Damn fine!!
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Wayne Lam
Nicely done, it is tricky when the medium is soft, I always deformed it when holding in my hand!
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aristotle
I hadn't really thought of that, but I think you are right. Cavill's head has a kind of blockiness, which I think I naturally tend to produce when I move away from my references.
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aristotle
Here is an ear I did from Jesse. I really enjoy sculpting ears. They have a sort of cool, abstract quality. I used Van Aken Plastalina clay. I really expected to like this. Both the color and the branding style made me think that this was a much better clay than the multicolor clay sticks I used for other sculptures this month. I didn't like it much, though. It was too sticky; it was just hard to work with. After I got the basic shape of the ear, I put the sculpture in the fridge to harden it up a bit. This worked, and it got rid of the stickiness--it was fine for a little detail work, but I still wasn't a huge fan. Overall, I was disappointed with this clay, but maybe I just need to learn to use it better. The Plastalina was on sale, and the whole bar cost me a little over $2. I probably used less than a dollar's worth, though. The only tool I used, besides my hands, was this paperclip. I sculpted it on a wood flooring sample that I had laying around the garage, and which I got for free from a flooring store.
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Dan Schofield
Sounds like (pun intended) you had the same challenge with this clay that I had with the Chavant. I've seen people achieve incredible tight finishes with Chavant so there must be a way. I did find it incredibly sticky though, which forces a different way of working. Still, you managed to get a nice finish here I think. A combination of cooling to aid carving and then heat for smoothing seems to be the suggested approach - I'll probably experiment with that next time..
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aristotle
So here is my first of three sculptures I did for this challenge, and I figured I would upload all of them, since you said multiple submissions were okay. In any case, this was my first torso sculpture I have done, although I have been practicing sculpting the human head. I found the torso a lot of fun to make. I have only done the front. (Let's pretend it is a very high relief piece that still needs to be attached to a background!) I wanted to really dig into the minimal tools on this one, so I didn't use any at all. Just my fingers. I actually quite like the texture I got by using the back of my fingernail to do the final finishing on it. I began my armature by making a kidney shape out of crumpled newspaper, and then covered this with aluminum foil. For the clay, I used some very cheap and colorful modeling clay that was clearly intended for children. I never would have picked this up, but it seemed similar to what I saw Andrew talking about from the Dollar Store. Although I didn't get mine at a dollar store (I checked; they didn't carry any), it was very cheap. It was on sale for about $2.15 a pound. I liked this clay quite a bit, although there were two things I don't like about it. First, it takes a lot of time to knead all the colors together. Although I like the final color, I don't like taking 30 minutes to knead it together. I wondered if I could melt it together, but I was afraid this might make my house smell. Second, the clay sometimes tears when I push it around--it doesn't have the plasticity that I would like. Overall, though, I was impressed with the clay and would use it again. I used about a pound and a half on the torso.
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Dan Schofield
All hail the back of the fingernail! Such a great tool.
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David Marteney
Here’s my submission. I’ve never really done any kind of sculpture before, but I really enjoyed the process. Only tools I used were my fingers and some bent wire, which you can see in the pictures.
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aristotle
Very dynamic. Great work!
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Dan Schofield
Cool man, you got the squeeze on that left oblique really nicely.
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C Thompson
Last one. Mostly used fingers and wire and toothpicks for detail. Already had monster clay, armature wire and aluminum foil.
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3mo
Hey everyone, I'm doing the figure sculpting class to hopefully improve my drawing with a better understanding of form. It's a lot of fun so far, even though it feels like I'll have clay under my fingernails for the rest of eternity. I had already bought monster clay before the 5$ challenge was posted, but aside from that I only used aluminum foil and paperclips.
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Wayne Lam
The texture feels like marble, nicely done! I have the hard monster clay, found it a bit hard to work on!
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Dan Schofield
Really nice!
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Andrew Joseph Keith
Great first assignment! Yeah I’ve found that sculpting and drawing really play off one another in helping to understand the figure and represented in both 2D and 3D. Keep it up!
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Alexis Bodet
Hey all, i made Skelly's girlfriend ! First time doing traditional sculpting but i found that transitioning from Zbrush to Clay was very interesting. A lot of great entries good luck guys. Tools: - Chavant Medium NSP - Wooden spoon - Some welding wire (tin), for the armature and a small tool - Old knife - Wooden plate
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Wayne Lam
My first entry from tradition sculpture to 3D was tricky that I couldn’t see the form of reality but after practicing and my brain can see it now in 3D form. I gained a lot after sculpture and my 3D were most improved. Best of luck.
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Andrew Joseph Keith
Great job on the first assignment! Can’t wait to see more of your work and progress!
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Gayatri M
I am surprised that I could make something like this on my first try with very few resources. Experience from sketching does help a lot in sculpting. For this challenge, I used some cheap non drying clay, aluminum foil, safety pins, a sim card pin and my hands. I used aluminum foil for armature and then built on that with soft non drying clay. For details, I used safety pins and sim card pin. The pinching side of the abs was the most challenging part in this pose. Overall, I enjoyed this challenge and look forward to this course to unfold.
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Andrew Joseph Keith
Great job on the first assignment! Keep it up! I look forward to seeing more!
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Munir Ali
I started with a some aluminum foil for the armature, which ended up being to big and is visible in some one place. Other that a some air drying clay that I had lying around. It got difficult to work with that one as it was to soft, so I decided let it dry, work it with a knife and add Play-Doh where material was missing. Thanks for the challenge, I enjoyed it plenty :D Tools: 1. Knife 2. Boxcutter 3. Pen 4. Pencil 5. Big Paperclip 6. Small Paperclip (whichg I lost)
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Yiming Wu
Oh this actually looks interesting, kinda like those kind of stone where there are patterns in it. Or it looks like a skin suit on top
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Andrew Joseph Keith
That’s definitely an interesting look! It reminds me of some of my stone sculptures that have black and white contrast! Keep it up! I look forward to seeing more!
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