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Creating Lifelike Figures in Polymer Clay: Tools and Techniques for Sculpting Realistic Figures [Paperback]

Katherine Dewey
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April 29 2008
Polymer-clay crafters everywhere can learn how to sculpt realistic 6"-8" figures using the author's simple techniques. A well-known polymer clay teacher and sculptor, she shares a wealth of information that's accessible even to beginning sculptors. She covers the essentials, the fundamentals of figurative modelling and how to make the tools that will ensure success. She shows readers how to recreate faces and expressions, torsos, legs, hands and feet, all using simple techniques. Then there are finishing touches like clothing, costumes, paint and fibre plus the author demonstrates incredibly realistic butterfly or fairy wings. Topics herein include: selecting clay, making modelling tools, proportioning figures, posing, ethnic and gender subtleties, facial expressions, costumes in clay and finishing touches.

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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book! May 31 2011
By RenD
Format:Paperback
I have been playing with polymer clay for about 3 yrs. now. I started making ornaments, then jewellery and now I've moved on to sculpting. I stumbled upon Katherine Dewey's website [...] and I was amazed at her talent and that's why I purchased the book. This book is wonderful! It's full of tips for sculpting differences in anatomy, expressions, measurement, it's full of pictures and breaks down the parts of the body so it's not too intimidating. While I wouldn't recommend this book to a beginner who has never touched polymer clay, for someone who is motived to start going in different directions with the clay, this book is a must-have!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Valuable resource for beginner or professional April 15 2004
By Sunnie
Format:Paperback
Begining and professional doll and figure makers will find this book an excellent resource. The entire process used by this artist is diagramed and photographed in detail.
The beginner will find everything from buying, finding, and making the most useful tools, through how much clay will be used in a sculpt. Instructions are laid out in clear, clean, methodical steps that can be used as a lesson plan for learning ever more complex techniques.
The experienced artist will be grateful to have so many techniques outlined in one book. No matter how long you have been making figures, you will find something in this book that will make your work easier, more fun, or help you produce a more professional figure. An excellent book; it belongs in every dimensional artists' library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The real deal! Jan. 19 2004
Format:Paperback
This book is everything I had been looking for regarding smaller scale full body sculpts. Katherine Dewey so precisely outlines each step, it is incredible! Not a book for a total polymer clay novice, but on the other hand, it is not confusing and difficult to follow like other books I have bought before. She presents the instructions so clearly, and does'nt leave out anything! This is a book that I will cherish for years to come. You will not be disappointed if you are interested in creating realistic figures!
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5.0 out of 5 stars You won't regret buying this one! Jan. 13 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is a beautiful, profusely illustrated book by THE master of sculpting with polymer clay. It's 144 pages packed *full* of information. The title of this book is accurate - it's truly a "step by step" guide, and it's for those people who are interesting in learning to sculpt lifelike, not cutesy, figures. We've waited a long time for this one. I would have bought it at twice the price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful March 15 2004
Format:Paperback
This is the book I have been looking for. Sculptors of figurative sculptures (dolls) will find this book very helpful no matter what their experience level is. Anatomy is handled in a very simple yet precise way. Great book. I love it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars HUMMM April 28 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Well it took some time, but I read threw it twice and found it very informative, very well put together.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Creating lifelike figures in clay March 1 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I think this book is fabulous as an artist and sculptor myself, l very much applaud the meticulous way in which the author has so generously shared their knowledge. I would recommend this book for both amateur and professional sculptors. There is something for everyone here ... five stars...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Jan. 24 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Well done, easy to understand,just what I was looking for this is the kind of self help,
one need's when starting out,and a good price also help's Thank's
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