Sculpture, part one – The head


340 photos and 4 videos demonstrate all the stages of sculpting. In this part I explain how to sculpt three different heads – a classical girl, an old character woman, and a sad troll – in three different ways. The heads themselves are roughly the same in terms of complexity, but the sculpting principles are different. The first head is sculptured using a classical technique, which is the most complicated. To sculpture the two other heads, I recommend techniques that will make your work much easier. All videos were shot in one take, without editing, so there are no jarring transitions from barely-sketched details to complete dolls. You will see how it’s all done in real life. Since proportions cause the greatest difficulties for beginning doll-makers (especially those who have no formal art education), I have developed a special modular system. Using this system makes working on proportions easy and clear. In addition, you will learn:

  • How to choose the most suitable material and the optimal size for your doll
  • What polymer clay is the best and how to work with it
  • How to clean the sculpture surface
  • How to make the surface of the sculpture smooth
  • How to properly bake polymer clay
  • How to bake it repeatedly
  • How to change the structure of polymer clay using different ways of baking
  • How to fix baking defects (cracks, plaques), although Living Doll almost never cracks or develops plaques if properly baked
  • How to use proportions to make a doll realistic, conventional, character-based, or grotesque
  • A particular chapter is devoted to finding and correcting mistakes in your work.

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    5 out of 5


    What a wonderful book!
    For beginners and experienced doll makers alike.
    If you are looking for a reliable but not long-winded set of rules which will most definitely improve your doll making techniques or even just simply make you look at your process again and perhaps improve it- look no further!
    If you’re a beginner, this is all you need to get you started, and more!
    Not just an informative book by a very experienced doll maker and academic, but also “how-to” videos showing detailed sculpting of an ear, mouth, nose etc.- everything you may need to create your own doll!
    I wish I’d had this book when I first started making dolls, it would have made the learning process a lot easier!
    Can’t recommend it highly enough!
    Well worth the money, very informative, straight-to-the-point- a perfect compendium of knowledge and tips for every doll maker! I loved the colourful anecdotes the author included as well…
    I am eagerly awaiting the next books by Elena.
    Ilona Lightpainted Doll

    5 out of 5


    great work ,great teacher,great artist!!!and we have all your experience and all your talent ,every moment in front of us!!!thank you so much!!! I am looking forward to seeing the other books!!!

    5 out of 5


    Elena,This is wonderful book! I LOVE IT!I WILL BE BUYING THE ENTIRE SERIES!
    I Sculpt but I truly love to learn and your photos and directions are perfect for all levels of artists!I can hardly wait to buy all of them!

    5 out of 5


    Got my copy at A for A over the weekend. I’m astounded Elena, the book is so inspiring! Huge respect. I will look forward to your future books.

    5 out of 5


    Absolutely love this book. Awaiting with anticipation the next in the series.

    5 out of 5


    What a great dolls making tutorial, its defiantly one level above the rest!
    A treasure for doll makers

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