For this project you will need:
Creative Paperclay® modeling material
A small balloon
newsprint paper or similar
self adhesive plastic wrap such as Cling-Wrap
reference photos or drawings
I'll be using lots of photos as opposed to descriptions, because I think for this project it is easier to following along with sculpting pictures - scroll along and follow along :)
Sculpting pointers: work on both sides of the skull at once, check for symmetry by looking at the top and bottom of the piece, and looking at it in a mirror. Step back from the work frequently to analyze what needs to be adjusted.
First make the form for the head - start by blowing up the balloon and tying it off. Tear off a strip of newsprint about an inch wide, then tear the strip into pieces an inch or two long. Use a mixture of white glue thinned with water to dip the strips in and apply them to the balloon. Cover the entire balloon except the knot. Allow the paper to dry, then add another layer and let that dry.
When the paper is dry, draw a curved line that would "finish" the rounded circle from the top of the balloon, then draw a line up the center of the balloon from knot to top, and a line dividing the circle in half horizontally, as shown.
Now start drawing dashes to extend the horizontal line to the sides, and extend the base of the circle. Do a few dashes on each side of the balloon, then go back and forth while judging the distance from top and bottom of the balloon- this will give a more accurate line than trying to draw each line with a single stroke all the way around.
draw a vertical center line on the back of the balloon as well.
Wad up some newsprint to a bun shape and tape to the back of the skull as shown.
Add some tape to the sides.
This is what it should look like from the top of the balloon/head
Cover the balloon with plastic wrap.
Roll paperclay out to a circle large enough to cover the back of the head and about 1/16" thick
place it on the back of the head, sculpt two folds on the bottom into bumps about marble size, remove some clay from between these lumps as shown.
Roll out another circle for the front, cut one edge in a straight line, the apply it to the head form, aligning it to the tooth line on the front.
remove a little bit of clay from each side until you reached the guidelines on the form.
remove a little bit of clay from where you think the nose is, remove little pieces at a time until you've uncovered the guidelines.
Continue removing clay in this manner until you've uncovered the guidelines drawn on the form.
Pinch off the excess clay and smooth onto the form onto the back section of clay.
Smooth them onto the skull and around outer edges to create the outer area of the eye sockets and part of the cheekbones, as shown.
(don't try to use this for the entire cheek bone - we will be adding more to the cheeks and sides of the skull in the next part of this tutorial)
Add a small roll of clay at the top of each eye socket and smooth towards the back of the head.
Make a thin triangle of clay as shown
Attach the top of the triangle to the section between the eye sockets, fold it down along the sides and attach over the nose area.
Looking at your reference material, trim the front of the nose along the sides as shown. Don't worry about getting it perfectly sculpted at this point, since it may get pushed around a bit in the next sculpting stages.
The last step in this part is to create the dental arch and teeth.
Make another triangle shape - this one should be thick on the long edge and thin towards the sides and point of the triangle.
Gently loosen and lift the edge of clay at the teeth line. Insert the triangle wedge up underneath the clay top point first.
Press your fingers along the edge of the clay to thin it and start defining the bone ridges for the teeth. Trim and smooth the sides of clay so the sides are in line with the centers of your eye sockets, as you drew out on the head form.
Fold paper in half and draw out the teeth - from the fold back, one front incisor, one secondary incisor, "canine tooth", two pre-molars, and three molars.
Cut out the teeth pattern and tap it onto the clay lightly to hold it in place while you mark the edges with a sculpting tool (hint - a round toothpick works well for marking and sculpting!)
sculpt the individual teeth by removing some of the clay between each one, then rounding and shaping the sides and top. Sculpt the "gum line" by sculpting the individual teeth - look at the reference material and in the mirror to see how the gum line varies and isn't a straight line all the way across.
When you've finished, smooth out the model, brush some water over the teeth section to smooth them (be careful not to get the clay too wet and lose some sculpting)
Ta-da! You've finished this lesson! Let the clay dry completely.
Thanks for joining me here again! As always, play, experiment, and have fun!