|1:9 scale female armature|
|1:9 scale male armature|
In our last article we looked at sculpting animals using a paper craft armature. In this series, we are going to take it one step further by sculpting human figures based on a simplified paper craft armature.
I have drawn out a male and a female model that you can download, print on card stock, cut out and assemble to make a very basic 3D armature.
The figures are about eight inches tall, making them approximately 1:9 scale. Feel free to print them larger or smaller to fit the scale in which you want to work.
|female armature cut out and taped|
You can use glue to assemble them, but to save time, I just use bits of masking tape.
As you can see, the figures are not complete and have gaps between different parts, but they will suit our purpose, which is to show proper scale and location of details.
We will fill in the gaps later with paper clay once we decide on a pose.
|male armature cut and asembled|
In traditional sculpting, it is more common to use a wire armature, but I find that by using a card stock armature, I can draw on any details I want to include.
If you would prefer to use a wire sculpture, David Neat, a British artist, has an excellent article with downloadable drawings here.
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the figure on right has
been coated with glue
Once the glue is dry, you can add a thin layer of clay. This first layer is just to give the armature more strength and depth.
Don't worry about how you will position your figure yet. After the first layer of clay is dry, it will be much firmer.
When dry, you can decide how you want to position your figure. This is a fun part, because you can try all sorts of ideas.
Even after you settle on one, remember it is easy to change your mind, even after the clay is dry.
|female figure after first |
layer of paper clay
This first part was making the armature and preparing it for sculpting. The next step gives you total freedom on how you want to express your view of the human condition through your art.
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