Book Review: Beginner's Guide to Sculpting Characters in Clay

Aug 02, 2017 at 01:55 am by nickcharles

Discover the immersive art of clay sculpting with comprehensive tutorials from renowned professional sculptors including Glauco Longhi and Romain Van den Bogaert. Explore key tools and materials, following the sculpting process from developing a character and creating armatures through to perfecting the final details and setting your sculpture. Featuring an introduction to sculpting by The Shiflett Brothers, Beginner's Guide to Sculpting Characters in Clay is suitable for both complete sculpting novices and digital sculptors wanting to explore traditional techniques, covering all the essential components needed to create beautiful, clay character sculptures.


Title: Beginner's Guide to Sculpting Characters in Clay
Publisher: 3dtotal Publishing (2017)
Paperback: 256 pages
Dimensions: 210mm x 260mm
Paper quality: Full colour premium paper pages
Price: $31.65
ISBN: 978-1-909414-40-2

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I have dabbled in sculpture over the years, mainly learning my way around the art and through several clay types on my own. Though I've browsed some books on sculpting, I've not come across one single book that covers as much as 3dtotal's Beginner's Guide to Sculpting Characters in Clay.

This book covers all the essentials you would need to know to get started in sculpting, from choosing tools and type of clay, to techniques and tips throughout several projects. More than that, it's a great reference to keep handy.

Great introduction to tools and clays

The book starts off with a wonderful introduction by the Shiflett Brothers, whose fantasy sculptures have appeared worldwide. Included in this are several pictures of their works. After this intro is a section on tools and several different clay types, followed by a quick look at human anatomy for sculpting, as this is a book geared to character creation.

Each project step is clearly pictured

The main part of this book, however, is the character projects, which are shown in detail with clear instruction and plenty of accompanying pictures. There are five character projects, each presented by a different artist. With each project there is a list of tools and materials, instruction on creating armatures, and clear, step-by-step details that you can follow right along with to the finished piece. Most valuable are the tips throughout that really help you learn how to sculpt.

Techniques and tips abound in this book

The book itself is beautiful, well bound, and an exceptional layout with tons of full-color pictures. This really is not just a learning guide, but also something you can reference at any time.

My own foray in sculpting

Clay sculpting is a really fun and intense artistic journey. Though I do love digital tools, I find it immensely satisfying creating by hand. If you have an interest in sculpting, you don't want to miss this book.

3dtotal was founded in 1999 as a simple 3D resource website. Since then, the site has evolved into one of the premier CG art websites in the world, offering inspirational and educational resources for digital artists of all levels. Now also a publisher of over 40 successful art books and other invaluable art products, we are proud to have expanded into the traditional art sector as well with popular sketching titles and tools, aiming to make art accessible to anyone who wants to give it a try.


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