How to Sculpt Miniature Penguins with Polymer Clay | Easy Animal Art | Stephanie Kilgast | Skillshare

How to Sculpt Miniature Penguins with Polymer Clay | Easy Animal Art

Stephanie Kilgast, Contemporary artist.

How to Sculpt Miniature Penguins with Polymer Clay | Easy Animal Art

Stephanie Kilgast, Contemporary artist.

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8 Lessons (30m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Materials

    • 3. Sculpting the Feet

    • 4. Sculpting the Belly

    • 5. Sculpting the Back

    • 6. Sculpting the Head

    • 7. Finishing Touches

    • 8. Penguin Conlusion

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About This Class


A fun class that will show you step by step how to sculpt a realistic miniature penguin using only polymer clay.
No prior sculpting skills necessary, this class is fit for beginners, but it is also interesting enough for more advanced sculptors.
If you are new to polymer clay, please start with the basics in this video :

Once you watched the video, it will be your turn to make your own tiny frog! small penguin! Be creative and don't be afraid to change the color or simplify the overall shape!

Have fun!

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Class Summary

Sculpting the Feet
Sculpting the Belly
Sculpting the Back
Sculpting the Head

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Stephanie Kilgast

Contemporary artist.


Inspired by natural forms, Stéphanie Kilgast’s artwork is an ode to nature and its current biodiversity. Plants, mushrooms, insects and other animals encounter in a vibrant swirl of colors under her brush or sculpting tools.

Since 2017, in her series “Discarded Objects”, she grows colorful organic sculptures on human-made objects, celebrating the beauty of nature in a dialogue with humanity, questioning the lost balance between human activities and nature.
Her work has a cheerful post apocalyptic feel to it, a reassuring reminder that nature has the capacity to grow back, if we only let it.

She built her reputation and her sculpting skills around hyperrealistic miniature food sculptures. Her wo... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Hello. My name is Stephanie and I'm uncomfortable Realities mostly sculpting with politically. I have been sculpting forward two years and I'm sharing all my know ledge beyond skill share with you in today's class, I'm going to show you how to make a miniature penguin. This actually has been a requested class by a girl named Try Aloe Rila. I'm not sure how to pronounce it. So this class is especially for you. I really hope you watch it. This is a really fun class that you can make with your kids or even with your grown up friends. It is fit for beginners, but also interesting enough for more advanced sculptures. And I go into details on everything from the very start to the very finish. I really hope you're going to change this class. The class project is pretty straightforward. It is to make your own miniature penguin would love to see what you come up with, so don't forget to share your project with the class 2. Materials: for this specific class, we're going to need polymer clay in these range of colors. Sue black, dark grey, white and yellow, some basic sculpting and cutting tools. We also going to need some wire cutting players. Round nose players, optionally both highly encourage would be yellow pastel drivers. Tell and to finish everything off some acrylic panes and a brush and, of course, varnish. If you want to varnish your piece at the end. If you are new to polymer clay, I would highly suggest for you to check out my politically basics video. Why will explain everything every tools I use and how to properly use Parliament, Lee. 3. Sculpting the Feet: We're starting with the feet for that. I cooked some wire, I made a loop at one end and then I bend on the loop. Now what we're going to do is to add some clay on the bottom like so and then this is going to be the penguins. Feet also make sure that the clay goes up a little bit on top of the wire. So first offer going to cut the future size. I'm not working at a specific scale. I just want them to be rather tiny. And I have a big idea on how I think I want them to be A good way to know. Um, what size you want them is to draw them for first and then you can sculpt from your drawing . Another way is to start the body just rough shape and to check the size off your feet. No, for the feet. First, you're going to sculpt a big triangle. And then, since we are going to see three toes, you cut into three and then you cut. So the tools are more pointy. Using a silicone tool on a busing or metallic and busting tool smoothed down everything No way just starts to shape the toes a little bit more, for the nails were simply going to push down the clay to form the nail way Nails actually show through the skin, which I'm sculpting now. And just on top of the feet, there are some creases where the skin folds. This actually 1/4 tiny two on top, which I'm going to, you know the force to is on the inside of the feet. So if those look like that, you're going to have one here and one there just on the tiny, too, and shape the nail. Now. Penguin skin is a little bit thick and texture, so I'm just going to make a very simple textural over and repeat on the other feet. Once you are happy with their tiny feet, you can bake them. 4. Sculpting the Belly: So now the feet are baked. What I'm going to you is to stick some clay just beneath the feet. Make sure the tiny two is on the inside like so. And we're going to sculpt the body. Well, that we're going to take some white clay and will it into a bowl. Then we're going to flatten it out. We're also starting Teoh pinch the bottom for the legs. Periods have very short legs, but legs mumble s and the legs are more on the back. Then the fronts. They have a huge belly with a lot of fat to keep them warm and then roamed up on the top and then stick on two feet like so. So what we're going to do is to sculpt the front first and then pre bake and then make the back. So the penguin is a little bit thin on top, so just start to smooth out the clay with your fingers. It also have the belly. So you want to be shoot you on that. Be a little bit careful with dust, but don't drive yourself crazy away, going to texture the first. So the dust is going to be removed. At that point, I am sticking a piece off looped wire into the body for the hand afterwards. So once you're trying to do is to shape an oval shape for the belly on took and this is from the side. As you can see the belly here and the legs are a little bit more at the back again, we are making first fronts and pre baking and then adding the back and the wings. Now I'm going to add some yellow for the neck from experience. Yellow acrylic paint is the one that bleeds the most, and she problem likely. So when I have to use yellow, I either used directly yellow like this or I use dry pastels. Yeah, I'm mixing a lighter shade of yellow so I can make greedy INTs. And what I'm doing is simply to add bits by bits. And I'm also try starting to draw the for the first really easy. I'm using my spatula tool, and I'm making really tiny Indians like if I would draw chair. Of course, you can use other tools fallouts a sharp toothpick or need law pin. I need a tool, and you have to go over all the body. No, It's also the time you can remove the dust if needed at some clay on the loop. This is going to help the head stick better to the wire and for slightly better shading around the neck. I am using some yellow pastel and once you are happy, you convict again. 5. Sculpting the Back: now that remain the front and baked it. We're going to on the back for that fold a few time. Some sheet off dark grey claim. Put your penguin on top and roughly cut the size of the penguin into bickley. No. Brush some liquid clay onto the penguin and add the great clay behind and then push and smooth the clay known the gray for goes down to the parts, so make sure to do that on the sides. You also want to add some dark clay so the duck late does something like That's the dark for Does something like that's on the front. So cut it first and then add its top. That's some liquid clay first and then push the clay down and on the side. The clay goes back, the food goes back like so and just cuts smooth everything. So on the side. This is what she should see. Go slightly on the back and do the same on the other side. Be sure to smooth down the clay everywhere. Now for the wings. What you're going to do is to put one sheet off white clay on top off one sheet off. Great clay and roll everything through the past ah, maker. And then you're going to cut the wings. It helps to have the body and just beside, because it's going to be from here to a little over the belly and the wings are lose. Lee shaped like Sue. Just make two of them, not turn them around and flats and the gray on top now texture a bit like it would be for like we did on the way. Then we're going to place. It's on to the body. For that. We're starting on the shoulder. Give it a smooth on the inside of the wing. Repeat. On the other side, the back is actually a little bit wrong. It's which we're going to do is to add some clay on the back, something that is shaped like an egg on your place. It's like sue smooth, like looking down maybe another layer. If you don't really like your profile, I think this should be final in this one now, when you like you. But when you like your profile, you can texture for like we did in the front. A common mistake is to think that the penguin is kind of beloved all potato shape. It actually has muscles that you can see on the back. So you can see you have muscles here and here and goes down my grounds. So when text oring the firm, make sure that you push a little bit more with the mosque cultures where the muscle cells. - Okay , once you're happy with the back where you can bake 6. Sculpting the Head: and finally we're making of the head. For that. We're going to take some black clay, put it on top and pinched to create the beak. - Now this particular Pingan has a let off yellow highlights which I find especially beautiful. You do not have to do them, but I want to stick to reality for once. And so I'm going to add a lot of those yellow details. You have some yellow on the side here that goes down to the other yellow. It is very graphic, makes like, roamed and goes down. I want also to smooth down the clay onto the body. The beak itself has also some yellow highlights, some going to those as well again. It's very graphic for the I. You want to draw it by pushing it slightly and and then repeat the same on the other side. Once you're happy with your head, you can texture the foot. Don't texture the beak, though, So the first stops about here. - Okay , Once you're happy with their tiny penguin, you can bake once again and for the last time if using Fumo alternates, I recommend baking for 40 minutes at around 120 130 degrees Celsius. If you intend to make more penguins than just this one, then wait that you have all your penguin's finished and big them all at once to save on energy. If you have in Kendall Oven, you can also use the That's so you Clay is pre baked and you're not going to trash it and then later on, use a regular oven for proper bake. 7. Finishing Touches: I always finish my sculptures with some acrylic panes to add a little bit more realism. First off, we're going to paint the eyes with some soccer. This penguin has some kind of a gray sheen on the back, so what I'm going to do is to mix a great and then I'm going to add with the dry brush on the back. You don't need to put it everywhere. It's it's nice to just highlight some details to give it a little bit more off shine. You can add some lighter gray, and on the contrary, on the wings, I'm going to add some black. And because the yellow is a little bit more orange, I'm just going to highlights the yellow with some Auker to highlight the texture on the feet and adding a little bit off gray. Once the paint is dry, you want to punish the eyes. You can also add a coat of varnish on the food thistles. More to protect the coat, the acrylic paints and also varnished 8. Penguin Conlusion: Thank you so much for watching. I really hope this class waas fun for you and that you learned a ton. I also hope you've been inspired enough to make your own penguin. And as soon as you make it, please share it with the class. I love to see what you come up with, and it also helps other students. And while you're around, you can check out my other classes on skill share. I have a bunch of different two trails on Polo clay. That should be as fun as this one. If you liked. It's in any case, thank you for being there. And I really hope to see you in my next class. Bye.