$5 Sculpture Challenge Demo
$5 Sculpture Challenge Demo
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$5 Sculpture Challenge Demo

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$5 Sculpture Challenge Demo

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Andrew Joseph Keith
Check out what can be done with just a safety pin and dollar store clay.
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erdalisimo
Dirst sculpture attempt ever😀
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Andrew Joseph Keith
Nice! Keep it up!
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Judith Rolevink
How do you get all the images on one piece of equipment?
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carolinedy
ok, first time ever trying sculpting. I'm so nervous sharing but I need to improve somehow might as well be when I'm starting out. but I'm excited to keep looking at videos and seeing what I can do to improve. I've only had time to watch the $5 sculpture and the how to start sculpting videos so I'm sure this will all improve as I keep looking at the videos and getting feedback. I thought I had a pictures somewhere with just the tin foil as the base but can't seem to find the photos. I used tin foil, safety pin, paper clip and my hands. I think I used too much tin foil to start off with to make the woman because it was almost to scale and didn't have much clay on the actual sculpture because of it. there are spots the tin foil started coming through, but I guess it's a lesson I learned after finishing. the tin foil was too much on the head and probably the torso, so I couldn't carve very much on it, oh well smaller amount next time so I can use more clay. I also scraped the ear off and put it closer I might've regretted that decision but I think the ear improved just not the placing. super cheap start up, I just took forever doing it.
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Andrew Joseph Keith
Hey a great start! Awesome for a first sculpture. Keep going! Can’t wait to see your progress!
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arnavvinod
Hey There! I have some experience in working with clay but this is my first figure-sculpting course. I normally paint, sketch (figure sketches as well) and sculpting terracotta clay but I was hesitant to do figure-sculpting as I failed many times when I was younger. I found a rekindled passion for figure-sculpting and signed up for this course. SO FAR, the course has helped me a lot. Tools I used were: 1) An unusually large toothpick that i found buried under some boxes 2) A random wire that was thrown away, I bent it in different shapes for carving, smoothening etc. 3) Foil for armature but for the 3rd sculpture i used paper and brown tape. 4) The WORST camera to take pictures of the figure. I apologise for the quality. Sculpting on a budget ;) P.S. I found that sketching the given models in different angles before sculpting them, is beneficial. I realised this at my 3rd sculpture though :(
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Andrew Joseph Keith
Very good! Really like the character to them. Keep going!
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Patricia Kelly
Hi everyone! This is my first-ever figure sculpture! I normally work in 2D and paint with acrylics, but I've been wanting to challenge myself with a different medium. I'm signed up for the 'anatomy for artists' course as well, but haven't started it yet. So I decided to give this sculpture challenge a try cold-turkey, just for fun! Everything but the clay I had around the house, so it only cost me $1. I used tinfoil for the armature, a flooring sample for the base, dollar store clay and a safety pin for detail. I used the photos of Jesse and took about 3-4 hours. I struggled most with the muscles (too many or not enough in places--I'm feeling "Hulk" vibes hahaha), and I cut too deep on the center line for the back, but I'm pretty happy with it for my first-ever try. I'm excited to get into the anatomy course soon as I'm sure that will help me out. Happy for comments and critique! :) I did use all the reference photos for this pose, but the website only lets me add 10 images). Thanks!
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Andrew Joseph Keith
Looking good! I’ve used those same materials! Works great. Keep it up!
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Guy N Cognito
First assignment took about 3.5 hours. Struggled a little with aluminum foil armature. Found 2 lbs of Crayola modeling clay for under $7. Used less than 0.5 lbs. Tool is 2" finishing nail with ends pounded and shaped with grinder. Documentation includes natural light from the left with a bounce off sheet of white paper from the right.
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Andrew Joseph Keith
Great job! Cool tool!
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abbanat1997
Phew! 3.5 hours later, I've just finished my first ever sculpture from life! I'm a cake decorator and am really looking to better incorporate sculpture into my edible creations! I know this is cliche but sheesh!--You all make this stuff look easy! This project was a lot of tough lessons in balance and proportion! I definitely made my armature way too thick and detailed... BUT now I know!
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Andrew Joseph Keith
Hey pretty cool! What did you use for the sculpt? Yeah probably a little thick and I think that the secondary forms of anatomy are overpowering the primary forms underneath. Some upcoming lessons will go over the head, rib cage, and pelvis and the recent lesson on building out the sculpture should also be helpful. Keep it up and I look forward to seeing more!
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Conny B.
Here's my sculpture, which looks like it's ready to fall over XD (forgot to get my tool in the photo, but I used a needle) Can't wait to continue learning about how to sculpt the figure!
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Andrew Joseph Keith
Hey great job! I’m excited to see your progression throughout the course as this one already has some promising signs. Keep it up!
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Kelly Ratcliff
I'm having a problem downloading the reference photos. Thanks.
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Rob Whicker
Ok here is my second sculpture for the $5 challenge - J Mac soft clay over a tinfoil bean using only hands and a butter knife - hoping this gets easier with tools… feedback appreciated :)
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Andrew Joseph Keith
Hey looking great. Looks like you’ve got the primary forms pretty well established. I think this is good for a first sculpture, as you continue to work on other assignments start with these primary forms but keep it thin so that there is room to build on the secondary forms of the muscles on top. Keep it up!
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Adam Lambert
Ok here we go this is mine what do you all think?
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Andrew Joseph Keith
Great first project! Keep it up!
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Adam Lambert
and here are my tools straight from the silverware section of the DI
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Rebecca Shay
Ok I need some serious help. This is my second attempt. My first attempt was with Medium Chavant NSP, but it was too hard for me to handle. I used my hairdryer to soften it but it hardened as soon as I walked down stairs. The pictures are of the second attempt with soft clay. I'm amazed how everyone else's look so smooth and chunky. Mine is all broken up and patchy. Is it because I used soft clay?
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Andrew Joseph Keith
the clay may have something to do with it as soft clay tends to work faster but it is harder to work on details (because it moves around so easily) which is why I prefer a little firmer of a clay. you might try putting the clay in an oven at as low as it will go (like 150 F or less) or in a air tight plastic bag and place it in some hot water until the clay is soft all the way through. I like it soft during the initial stages but once there is some mass then I'll let it cool and just add one piece of clay at a time and use tools when needed to smooth the surface.
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Strahinja Milutin
Hi Andrew. I'm late for the challenge part, but some feedback would be very much appreciated :). I'm a 3D artist, trying to become character artist :D So for the past two years I've been studying anatomy, and doing some figure drawing along with traditional sculpting attempts. I haven't used any home made tools , because when I got my sculpting tools I just threw away everything I made myself. I tried to work mostly with my fingers, and occasionally use the ones in the photo. Thanks!
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Mark Taylor
Nicely done
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Andrew Joseph Keith
Hey great job! It’s looking great for a first study. One thing that’s standing out to me is it looks like some of the proportions may be a bit off, (the legs feel a little short compared to the torso, the hands are too small, and the head may be a bit large) but for the most part it’s a good study and a good job on the documentation. Keep it up! I look forward to seeing more of your work!
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Vicki Sullivan
Hi Andrew, I was thinking it would be great if you could add the reference images to the lesson notes for us to download to use when we try making the lesson sculpture as making one without the reference photos is a bit of a handicap and if we had the images to work from it would be super helpful, love to hear your thoughts?
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Andrew Joseph Keith
Hey yes the photo references are available under the “Downloads” section of the “How to start sculpting on a budget” lesson. Let me know if you have trouble finding it!
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Ali TG
Here is my 2nd attempt. This time I tried the full figure. I used one of my 20 ga wire armatures but it was too clumsy and made things a little harder. One thing about the wire armature and full figure is I don’t know where to start. How to start building the elbow joint for example. I started with the pelvis and the rib cage but then I got lost pretty quickly. The other challenge was to make sure the sculpture is balanced otherwise it doesn’t stand on its own. Also, I didn’t use any tool for this sculpture. Not that I didn’t want to, I just didn’t know how/where to use it. I would appreciate any feedback.
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Andrew Joseph Keith
Hey great job! It looks like it’s coming along. I’ll go over more lessons that will talk about the actual sculpting part but for now I can say don’t worry too much about the details (like the anatomy of the elbow) focus primarily on the silhouette from whatever angle you’re sculpting and the primary forms (think cylinders, boxes, etc) and then slowly build the secondary forms like anatomy on top. It does take time and practice so keep doing the assignments! You’re doing great so far.
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Ali TG
I’m a total newbie but I think I could more or less capture the gesture. One of the hardest part was to make the creases like where the leg connects to the pelvis or where the rib cage pushes out the skin. Also I think my foil armature was too thick. I would appreciate your feedbacks.
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Andrew Joseph Keith
Hey yeah looking great. Yes the area of the upper leg moving into the pelvis is a very tricky area because of all the bony landmarks and muscle attachments on both the front and back of the body. Yeah it looks a little stocky or thick and I would try to push the gesture a little further still. Keep it up and I look forward to seeing more!
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brandonstudio
Well, I had a go at the challenge, it was fun. I think i might take this one further and push the details as I love the pose!
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aristotle
Very nice! If you do decide to take this further, as you mentioned, you should be sure to upload those photos too.
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Ferzan Süngütay
Hello @Andrew Joseph Keith the statue of evea I worked. 1- I drew the eva according to the photo proportions. 45 cm. 2- luminaire suitable for proportions I did. 3- I checked the armature with the drawing. 4- I placed the luminaire on the pedestal. There was no linking part. The wire is soft. I tried a lot but I couldn't. 5- It is very difficult to make luminaires. My wrists and fingers hurt for days. 6- There was water-based clay. The weather is too hot, the clay dries quickly and cracks. 7- I am waiting for the armature making lesson. when my hands hurt :) I enjoyed it very much thank you.
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brandonstudio
Nice work! It actually looks good cracked.
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megalij
@Andrew Joseph Keith when/how will we find out Thebes results of the challenge?
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Sam
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Hi! Here's my first sculpture. It's very cheap: my hands, kid's clay for 1,59€, wire for 1€, an orphaned chopstick and some wood stick from an ice cream. The armature was not easy to make, I spent a lot of time thinking about how to start. In the end I made it too small 😂 The clay I used is hard but flexible. Easy to handle in small pieces. There was times I just wanted to punch the whole thing but I had a good time overall !
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Ali TG
Nice! The pinch on one side and stretch on the other side shows the gestures very well.
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