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The Sculpting Book: A Complete Introduction to Modeling the Human Figure

The Sculpting Book: A Complete Introduction to Modeling the Human Figure

Élisabeth Bonvalot

Available November 2019


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This guide shows you step by step how to sculpt realistic figures, from face to feet, through 10 projects. Professional sculptor and instructor Elizabeth_x000D_ Bonvalot provides the guidance_x000D_ and tips needed to—with time and practice!—reach realism with your sculpted figures. Begin with the fundamentals, such as the types and properties of clays, the materials and tools, four base_x000D_ techniques, and topics such as roughing out, adding clay, detailing,_x000D_ engobe, firing, and patinas. The first five lessons teach the elements of_x000D_ figure sculpting, focusing your attention on heads, faces, hands, feet,_x000D_ and the body. The next five projects offer a sequence for effective_x000D_ skills building as you create a bas-relief portrait, an animal, a_x000D_ standing nude, a bust, and a lifesize figure. This comprehensive approach is perfect for people who love clay_x000D_ and have a can-do attitude, even with limited formal art class experience.

Size: 9″ x 11″ | 366 color images | 144 pp
ISBN13: 9780764358579 | Binding: hard cover


Elizabeth Bonvalot has spent decades sculpting and teaching classes in Ireland and today operates her studio in Paris.