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Sculpting Solana : An Art Doll Course

Suzette Hussey, Artist, Skillshare Teacher

Sculpting Solana : An Art Doll Course

Suzette Hussey, Artist, Skillshare Teacher

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9 Lessons (2h 9m)
    • 1. Welcome to Sculpting Solana!

    • 2. Building the Armature

    • 3. Adding the Clay

    • 4. Sanding and Fixing Cracks

    • 5. Painting Your Art Doll

    • 6. Embellishing Your Art Doll

    • 7. Adding the Face

    • 8. Adding the Hair

    • 9. Your Class Project

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Start off the new year with positivity. "Turn your face towards the sun and the shadows will fall behind you."  This is the quote used in embellishing this beautiful mixed media art doll. Each time you look at your masterpiece you will be reminded to be positive and push any negative thoughts away. Art dolls are truly therapeutic.

In Sculpting Solana, I will guide you step by step through the process of making your own art doll. You may choose to use the same quote and color scheme as Solana, or a different one entirely. The process remains the same.

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1. Welcome to Sculpting Solana!: I know I am, that I am a mixed media artist and a sculptor with over ten years of experience working in air dry clays and plaster. My work varies from mythical creatures and art dolls to African sculpture has sculpted Solana. I'm going to take you step-by-step through the process of making this a gradient, our DOM. I'm going to begin by showing you how to bring the armature of the skeleton of the sculpture. After we've completed the armature will move and smoothing the create another force painted the sculpture. In the final lessons, I will show you how to make the collage elements and add them to your sculpture. We will finish off by adding to her fibrin air. 2. Building the Armature: The first part of our sculpture will be making our armature. So for this, you'd need your Styrofoam or your floral foam. You're styrofoam ball, a Marco, your doll, or a chopstick, whichever one you're using, and some foil. And we are also going to need are clear, but that's a bit later on. That's ME after we make the armature will cover the armature. So the first thing we're gonna do here is just grab a marker or pencil, whatever you have on hand. And we're just going to keep trace to the shape of the body. Now this is a whimsical sculpture. I'm not trying to make it into the shape of a human body. So I'm not bothering with arms and legs and all of that stuff. So once you're happy with the shade, go ahead and cut it out with your knife. This is a kitchen knife dedicated to the art room. You don't need to buy fancy knifes that they don't have. Start being nice. Any theories at night works just fine. And we just go ahead and even it up a bit here, quantitative base to just ensure that it's Flash and stands properly. And then we're going to put all of these bits. Alright, now we've completed that. We are going to add our styrofoam ball for the head. We don't need all of this. So we're just going to cut off a piece or just break it if it's thin enough. We can just measure how much you want, how you want it to come down a little bit in here for support and also a little bit in here. So you don't depends how long you want the neck, but there's no hard and fast rule. So I'm gonna do mine a boat, right that credit hair. So because it's thin, I can just snap it. Right now I have all my bits hair. I'm gonna use the plugin to secure the Styrofoam ball to the body and the head to the body. And I'm going to do that in place. I'm placing this about halfway, more, a little bit more to the back. It's up to you really. What kinda look you're going after? You can experiment with it. Do I want the head back here or do I want it in the middle? So I can do it that bear if you like. Or you can do it a little bit more in the middle. It doesn't matter. It really just depends a look that you are going for. The great things about doing. The great thing about doing whimsical sculpture is that there's no hard and fast rule how your sculpture is supposed to look. It's entirely creative. It's up to you really to add just a little bit of glue there, just to secure that in place. And I'm going to do the same with the Styrofoam. But this styrofoam, you don't want the youth to too hot. So it's best to do it quickly before that. Iq on heats up Allah, Sam, secure into head in place. I'm then I'm securing it to the body. And just add in a little extra to the doll. And I'm gonna get my little piece of foil that I've pulled it up here and just wrap that. So give me some form of neck to work if you don't want to get the neck too, too thick because remember you will be adding clay, So one piece like that should be good enough. And then once again, you can just secure that where they are glucagon. And you can let that dry for a minute and have a look at your armature and see if there any changes that you want. Now is the time to do it. I'm gonna squeeze in that forelimb there. I'm looking at it and seeing OK. Are there any changes? I think right here is a bit too sharp, so I'm just gonna go ahead and take off that edge to round it up, just a bit more. Rounded up those it is. Once you're happy with that, it's time to cover it with clay. 3. Adding the Clay: Now it's time to add our Clay. I'm gonna use my diluted why it goes ahead. And My typically have a dedicated paint brush that I use for glue. Any old paint brushes, it's just gone yucky. I just keep those for glue and matte medium and stuff like that and have a bit in there, that's It's still good. And I keep my clay in an airtight container with a seal because it's a paper clay and it's air dry. If you can keep it in a sealed container, xyplot or Ziploc bag. That's great. Paper clay comes ready to use straight out of the bag. And it's very soft and it's very pliable. So we're gonna break off enough clay and put the rest away, can leave it in the bag and pulled over the open-end or put it back in your container. So as I said on paper, J comes out the container, out the package rather ready to be used. It usually sticks to, it, sticks to horse surfaces, so it will stick to this star foo. But none pore surface like this one, you should add a little blue. Let's be saved. I just add all oval because I don't want this not to stick that you've finished your sculpture, then you end up with a problem. So this is just diluted white glue. I diluted about 50-50 and keep it in a jar. So I'm gonna start with the body and just put some glue on it like that. And I always go back and add more if you need to as you get to another said, you don't want to make a sticky mess. And then you just go ahead and you have two choices here. You can either just add bits of clay, pushing it down like that. Or if you want to go a little quicker, you just pick up those bits. Just gets a lot of clay and roll it out. And you kinda ruling pen will do this is a polymer clay rolling pin, a jar, a glass jar, glass bottle. Those will work as well. So I have bits of the Styrofoam, just picking those out. So just go ahead. And then you can just add it to your body. But be careful that you don't push down enough because you really need to have a seal between the clay and the armature. Or you're gonna get little air pockets. Underneath and those can cause cracks. So push down as you're working and just smooth as your work in also. So we're going to continue that until the entire sculpture is colored. And then we'll go back and assume the clay. If you can actually cut your Styrofoam on a different area to worry or use Ad into clay. That might be a good idea. Because I'm filming, I can't really do that. Because as you can see, I'm getting bits of the star. It's not a big deal. You can pick them out but save yourself the hassle. Alright, let's add this hair. Of course, this size practice of clay you need has to do with the size sculpture that you want to do. So or as an eight-ounce package would be fine. I think a 16-ounce would be safe just in case you get too big. So I'm gonna finish covering the body and then I'll move onto the neck and the head. Clay. We'll move our Anobit when you're pushing it. You find that you have some excess in some areas, you just have to snip those off. I'm pushing down in areas. I'm getting this bit right here. So I just keep a pair of scissors handy with my clay and address. Snip that off continuum. The key is to make sure you've pushed down properly, firmly as to get rid of any air bubbles. Okay, I think we're good down here now. We're going to leave that until it's time to smooth. I'll do all the smoothen at once. Sometimes when you know that the clays sit for a bit, it's actually easier to smooth because it doesn't move around as much. So here we go. We'll just add the neck now. And I'm going to put some under hair as well because we will start going up on the head next. Next I will just go ahead and add it to the head. Right? Okay. Our now armature is fully covered with clay. We're gonna go ahead and smooth and also look at the face and C4. Happy with that shape. If you want to add a little bit more of a chin, you can. Which is very easy. You just add a little ball of clay and would just give her a little bit more of a chin hair. You can give her bigger cheekbones if you like. The shape of the face at this point. It's entirely up to you. And then we're going to start smoothen. So the first thing I'm gonna do is get rid of this clay, put it away. So we can use that at a later time because it will dry hair on my table. So we're going to need a little bit of water. And we just dip our finger in. Our fingers dependent how many are using, of course. And you just gently rub over the surface until it is smooth. The more you can do at this stage, the less work you will have after when we're standing. Say really just depends on how smooth the 1r sculpture. And going for a more textured mixed media look. And I'm actually going to add some texture to the clay when I'm finished smoothen. So I'm not too bothered how smooth it will be. So GAS smooth, gently rubbed with your fingers. And you'll see how quick. If your fingers are. Just use a tool like you can use your rolling pin and just gently pressed down as well. Or any of those sculpting tools that you can buy, those wooden sculpting tools for clay or metal. Those are fine. All so. So here we go and we'll do this side also. You might actually feel the surface start into dry a bit, especially if you have on your air condition or you live in a very dry climate. And if you have a fan on or something like that, so dry my clay, I usually just leave it under fan overnight. I do live in humid conditions and so fan always helps me out nicely. It's actually very easy to use the rolling pin on huge surfaces, lightness. As you can see, it moves that clay nicely. If you don't have a rolling pin, you can use something like your Marco. Networks. Have to be careful of those lines and smooth those backup. Or as I said, a glass bottle, a jar thing that's hard and smooth release should be able to smooth them. Then we just don't have enough thumbs and smooth under hair. Well forget under the the head. Smooth up. Now we are adding hair when it's dry. So whereas I do want the head smooth, I'm not gonna go crazy about having this section of the head totally smooth because we're doing hair in place to when it's dry. I'm just cradling the head and gently, Robin. Notice my clay isn't soggy. You don't want to add too much Auto IE though, just enough to dampen your fingertips because too much water causes the clay to crack or wherever when you're using paper clay cracks are very, very easy to fix and I will show you how that is done. Now this side that's facing me is the face of the clay. The of the sculpture are though. So I want to make sure that this side is as smooth as I can get it at this stage. That's where we'll be adding those facial features. If you find that you have a dance or something that you want to fix, you can go ahead and add more clay to that era if needed. Zhong As a clay is wet, you add more clay right to it. If your k is already dry and you add a little glue, and then you add to it. So I think I'm happy with how that face looks at me. Look on your hair and just try to get rid of those areas where it joined. If you find that it's been a bit of trouble, just graphically tool or one of those metal nail files can work as well. And just go ahead and smooth the areas that you have joined for the chin. And there you go. Now that looks fine. And that is my armature. Fully covered with clay. I am going to add some texture now with a rubber stamp. The forest setting it aside to dry. This is one of my favorite rubber stamps as well used. They use it in clay and I use it in my mix media pieces. And if you find that your rubber stamps digs, all you need to do is brushed a little baby powder on it or corn starch. But I'm usually okay with just this. So I don't want a full impression all over, all over. I'm just adding bits. So I'll push it down in certain areas and then lift it up. And then you can see the area right here that remains textured. So I'm doing that all over my sculpture. And the good thing about when they're not mounted is that you can just rest stone and curve. It's as well like that. And so most of this texture is just going to be on the body. I'm not really trying for the neck or the face and keeping those smoother. The claim moves up it or if you get a little hole, just fix it. It's not a big deal. As the great thing about mixed media pieces like this. We embrace any mistakes, so to speak. I don't consider them mistakes, but you just add them to your peace or just go right over and fix them. If you don't like an area, maybe you just stamp your finger and smooth it. Backup. Same with a pair. If you want to add some, let's go ahead and add that right there. And now I'm finished adding my texture everywhere. I'm quite happy with how that's looking. I'm gonna smooth Any last minute areas. Times your fingernail catches it and you just have to smooth out an arrow again. And sometimes it's the area around the base that we forget. I'm Timmy, that's good. So I'm just going to gently push it down like that. Just a wobble just to make sure it's standing. And then I am going to put this aside to dry. 4. Sanding and Fixing Cracks: This sculpture has dried now. And as you can see in the back, we have one or two cracks and there's a little bit right there. So I'm going to show you real quick how to fix those and how to send your sculpture to get it ready for paint him. So what I have here is a 180 grit sandpaper out any edges, surfaces on the face. You just go ahead and give us a jumper worlds. And then you can just brush or those bits off. You can use a paint brush as well. Just forget those bits off if you like. And then this is ascendance budgets, ultra flex 220. And I also like these because they just mold with whatever shape you are sand and so it's great when you have curbed areas like a neck like that. So I usually start with the one AT first because it's a rougher texture. And then I move on to the two 20-meter smooth. They also have buy-in and ultra fine you can get the brand is 3M. So right now I'm sanding the neck area and that face. They just continue this until you're through with the sand in. You don't have to send that back over the head because we will be adding tear. So that actually will show faces as smooth as possible and your neck. I don't expect it to be perfectly smooth because as I said before, I love tech shops character. So I wouldn't worry about getting it porcelain smooth. You can also wet sand that if he liked, meaning you did for sandpaper in water and then you smooth them for the bony area. Now, I don't really want to sand it too much because I want the texture to remain where we had used the rubber stamp. And but there are one or two cracks and a couple of areas just to smooth. It's like that. Then I'm just gonna go over on the back. I seem to have gotten a few cracks. Cracks are caused by the clay drying too fast. Using too much water in the claim or the clay not having a proper seal with the base in this case, I think it was probably drying too fast because I have the air conditioner and on it when I was working on it. So let me show you how to fix those cracks. To fix the cracks were going in a just a little bit of play. This is actually too much, but that's fine. And some of our diluted glue, a paintbrush. And what we're gonna do is just get little tiny slivers of clay like that. And we're gonna push them down into cracks. So just go ahead and add a little of that diluted blue and we're going to push those down into those cracks. No wipe off any excess glue in a minute. Let me just get a paper towel. There we go. Now we're just take a finger, tip it in some water and smooth out that area. Same for hair. And then when it dries, it will you'll never know that there was a crack comparable. So just continue doing that. If you have any cracks until all your cracks are build, some little cracks you don't even have to fill. Sometimes we knew Sam them down. It tends to just go away. So when this is fully dry, We're going to add a coat of gesso and then we're going to paint. 5. Painting Your Art Doll: So our sculptures fully dry. All are cracks have been filled. If you need to or you filled the cracks, you can just go back over them with a light sanding sponge just to make sure everything is even. Once you've finished that, we're going to give it a coach of just so I'm using clear Jesu, white, just so black, just so that it doesn't match I really which one you use. And you just painted on one coat is good enough. It's just to seal the sculpture. To prevent war. The paint from soaking in white coats of Jesu is enough. It really just seals the clay to prevent your paint from soaking. In. That way you don't have to do layer after layer of paint because it is a paper clay. It's quite absorbent. So I am just given this quick covering and then I'll put it aside to dry. You can put it under a fan if you wanted to go quicker or you can use your heat gun or a blow dryer. And then we will begin with our paint. We are ready to paint our sculpture now, it's nice and dry. I have hair, some pains that were in the supplier list and Antique White and this one is called flesh tone. Of any brand of paints you can find that you have is find Sika peachy color and antique wide. So I'm going to use this to paint the face and the neck. You of course, can paint whatever shade you like. Mixing the two colors. And I'm gonna go ahead and ping under the chin first. I like to paint those hard to reach areas. First. I will let this dry, See if it needs another code. Sometimes it does. It has a lot to do with how well you prime the piece with the Jesu. And also the type of paint here using these aircraft paints. So Kraft Pins tend not to have as much pigment in them as artist quality paint. But they work pretty well for paintings, sculptures. Alright, there's our first group. I'm going to put my brush in the water and let this dry a bit. Or you can also use your heat gun. All. Now I'm ready to add another code. Once again, I began under the chin just because it's easier for me to work that way. And then I'll quickly give the face a second. Good. Remember that the back of the head will be covered. So it really doesn't have to be evenly painted. So don't worry too much about the back. One layer of paint is generally good enough, just in case it a little bit of the scalp shows through the hair. Now that is fully painted on the face and we're going to let it dry and then we're gonna go ahead and paint the body. You're gonna need a pencil for this section. I mean, it's not absolutely necessary, but I definitely prefer to mark out the neck line. Just as a rough guide. It doesn't have to be perfect. But just so you kind of know where you will be painted. When we add the t, it's easier just to see the line in a pencil. First. You might make some mistakes, not a big deal. We can go back over it with the flesh colored pain to when we're finished. I am using golden teal for this. Golden is a professional acrylic, but it's just happens to be the color. I want. What you'll find with these acrylics versus the craft ones is that their pigment and they're much more pigments. Which means the colors a lot more vivid when you put it on. It's a lot more than likely I will have to do two coats of the golden paint. Sam, carefully around the neck line first, trying to stay as close to those lines as possible. And this needs to be a bit higher. Yeah, I think that's good. And then we're going to paint the rest of the body. This paint brush is very soft as you can see, it's not getting done in those indentations where we had use the rubber stamp. So I'm gonna switch to a brush that slightly ruffled. That can really get down. Because you wanna make sure you get all of those little areas painted. When you have finished painting on, the team. Just put it aside to dry once again and make sure it's thoroughly dry before moving on because we will be adding some embellishments to this body. And I am going to show you how to make those embellishments as soon as I we're finished painting this and that way the embellishments have I time to dry as well. So we will be using robust stamps while this is drying. And then when we come back we can put everything together. I do tend to work in stages like that. I plan out my projects so when something is dry and I can work on something else. And I usually have more than one project are going at the same time. Now if you're going to grab the head to hold it while you paint, you have to be careful because sometimes you know, your fingers end up looking like that and you end up with that on your head. So what I do is I just grab a fresh piece of paper towel that I haven't used gem. And just use it to hold that head in. While I paint the rest of the body. You can always come back to underneath the sculpture if you want that painted. Right now, I think it's just more of the body that we're trying to get painted. I think it's fully covered now. And we have all of those little nooks and crannies where we use the rubber stamp or filled. So we can put this aside to dry. And I will show you how to make those embellishments. 6. Embellishing Your Art Doll: Now I'm going to show you how to make those embellishments that we will stick onto our sculpture. I'm using tissue Paypal and just a bit of matte medium. The first stage is just to brush the tissue pay both with the map medium, coach in it thoroughly. This is to make it a bit stronger. So when we are collagens, our butterfly onto the the sculpture, it won't rip. When I'm doing this, I usually do a couple of sheets at a time and just go ahead and stamp millenium stamps at a time. So I have lots of collage items to work with. So as soon as you finish that, you can put this aside to dry. I've worked on a non-stick Matt so I can just lift it up and puts it aside. Now what I to dry. You will use your dry pigment ink, your instant DRY pigment Ink. This is onyx Black. It's a nice steep black. And you're a robot, stamps to make the collage items. Pair is a piece of tissue that have already applied the map medium two and it's dry. As you can see, it's a lot stronger NOW than regular tissue payphone. So all you do in this stage is get your rubber stamp. Apply the ink, make sure it's being thoroughly. And then press down. And there you have a collage item. The pigment in Incas waterproof. You cannot do this with a dye ink because when you apply it to your sculpture, it will run and ruin your image and the sculpture. So user waterproof ink, such as a pigment, Inc. I usually do several. When I have a sheet of tissue like this, I just go ahead and fill it. We keep them in a bag, save them for later date, used them in my art journal, mixed media pieces and of course, on my sculptures. They don't all have to be butterflies. Of course you can use whatever you like. I'm also gonna do some hearts. And I'm just gonna keep going until I fill up my sheet. So once you've finished your sheet of collage elements, you just put them aside to dry thoroughly before we use them. We are ready to embellish our sculpture. Now, i have our collage items that we made that are now dry. I also have some quote, I've printed just regular photocopy paper with a laser printer. I just every so often go through and a whole sheet of them. And I'm going to use these words on my sculpture. So the quote I have chosen says, turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you. I thought that was quite appropriate for this lovely art doll. So just cut those out. Any quote that you like, you can use this tickers that Tim bolt cells also, Those are great. But I find that I use so many of them that it's cheaper just to go ahead and print a whole bunch and use them in my sculpture. Alright, so I'm just even those aside for now. Probably cut them up further. And I'm going to go ahead and cut out my butterfly here. Because I'm going to use one of those. And I'm also going to use one of these. So put everything else aside. And what you can do is just trim this as closely as you can to the image. And do the same thing for the butterfly. And we're going to use these on our Doll. And that's why you of course, will not get those antennas and their unless you're incredibly skillful. I don't usually bother with those. So you can see I'm not being too fussy. I just need it roughly around the edges just so we don't have that much extra collage Paypal on our sculpture. So it's time to collage. Will need matte medium. We have our sculpture here and our collage items. Let's just grab a paintbrush. Here we go. And decide where you are putting them. I want this right here. And I want to make sure this end is out. So to do that, I simply add matte medium to one side, add some to the sculpture as well. And then I place it gently, rub it down. I'm going to go more over this side with it. Like that wing there. And then I go over it with my paintbrush. As you can see, it looks like you a stamped on. I love that effect that you get using the tissue paper. And I want to put this one at the back right here. So I have something on the back of my sculpture also. And those are pretty good. Now I have to decide where I'm going to put my words. I said I will put them up further. More than likely. Fingers are sticky so everything is fine. I'll take it onto my fingers. And this one down here. And you'll be happy that you did it. Because it's just going to look so cute when it comes together. Separate those. You're going to be equally as fiddly to stick on that. That's okay. As I said, that result is going to be fantastic. So I think I'm happy with that now. So I'm going to start with a pair and just put a stored can be here. And I'll put that there. Separate those words and want them neat. I want them to look kind of playful on there. I separate those as well. It's a bit of trial and error as you go along until you're happy with how they look. No matter how many sculptures I do use identical. I always find that. Always do the words differently somehow. I definitely want behind you down here, the shadows can come here further down there and we'll fall. Definitely. Yes. That looks there now. I'll go ahead and cover those two. I think I'm going to move that and I don't want it to look to textbook to even, you know. So I'm just moving them around. All right. That looks great when you're happy with it. Give it another coat of matte medium and make sure everything sealed. I'm actually just going to do a coat of matte medium all over the dress area just to make sure we have an even surface for when we add our sting. Sometimes these mediums can affect how something looks. When you put it on another paint or stain or, and so on. This ILO. I have one more thing to do before we stain it. I'm just going to dry it a bit. I'm going to add some yellow paint. And then we're going to set it aside to dry thoroughly before we add the steam. I won't be staining the header. Just the body. Painting the head nicely actually. Okay, I want to add some yellow circles to it. To do that. I am going to use some yellow paint obviously. And this is just the lid off of a group pad and the lid off of a spree bought. Everything becomes a tool in my art room. So I want a circle. We still suffering from hair and hair from an adult. Anyway, back to this. A circle. Like great hair. So just kinda roll it. So that's pretty cool. And I want to smaller one loop in it. And it's just a matter of trying to decide where you want to. As I said, no to sculptors are the same. You just kinda go around deciding where you want to do it at all. And I think that's enough of a circle. It's just new to rocket a bit. There we go. And we're gonna set this aside to dry now, has to dry it thoroughly before we add the stain because when you put the stain on, you wipe it back off. And if the paint underneath isn't dry thorough, the paint will come off with the stain. So let's put this aside and in the next lesson we'll come back and we will stay in the body fully and move on to the face. Now we're going to apply our stain to the body only we're not going near the neck and the head because we don't want that to be discoloured. Use antique and medium. My plaid. It's water-based, so it's quite nice to use. This particular color is apple butter brown. They have different shades depending on the effect that you want to have. You can also mix your own stain. They do, there are staining mediums you can buy that are clear. And also what works well is glazing medium with just a little drop of acrylic paint. So I want to apply this stain all over this body. Now to do this, you want to make sure you have a wet wipe handy and a piece of paper tall because we're going to use that to wipe off every the stain after it sits for a couple of seconds. So what I do so I don't make make sure I don't get to the head dirty while I'm holding it is I use a piece of paper towel and just hold it like that. That way I know that my hand just in case it gets some of them medium on, it won't smudge it. So I didn't bother port out. I'm just going to use it straight out of the bottle. And I'm going to put it all over the painting, all over the sculpture rather. I know it looks a bit scary right now. But what we mainly need to do is make sure that it gets down into all of those areas. Remember where we had used the rubber stamp for the texture. Any areas like that. We want to make sure the stain is down in them. If you find that your paint brushes and getting it in them, then maybe you need to switch it to harder brush. Because sometimes it does like to just skirt right over them and you have to go over it several times. Right, I think we have everything fully covered now. So what I will do is start wiping off, starting with the area that I first applied, the stain. So let me just close this that out the way out. Grabbed my paper towel and I started at the front. So I'm just gonna go ahead and start with enough at the front. As you can see, it's staying in those areas where we had stamped those. The right. And now if you find that it's too dark for you, it's nothing to worry above c. We can just go back like that and lighten up those letters, for instance, those words rather. Or any area that you decide. You want a little bit lighter, just use your wet wipe or dampen the paper towel as well or cloth and go in and just wipe those. Provided you do it before it's dry, it will come off. You'll definitely be able to lighten it. I'm just cleaning up that neckline. I don't mind some stain there, but I don't really want too much on the skin area. So I'm like and how that's look in. If you wipe off to magic and just go back and add a bit more like that. But you do want some areas that are orange, too dark. It's a good contrast to have. And I think that's good. So there you have it. The stain has remained in the little crevices. For the most part. You can go back and add a little bit more if you want it deeper. It's not a big deal. You can do this as many times as you like. So like take for instance right there, make sure it really gets down in there. And maybe there. And then I'll just wipe it off and C remains down in those crevices. So I'm gonna set this aside to dry Now we're getting there finally. What we have left, of course, is to add the face and the hair. So in the next lesson, we will begin by adding the face and then we'll do a couple highlights, and then we'll spray it with some spray varnish. And then finally we'll add the hair. 7. Adding the Face: Now it's time to do our face. So to begin with, you're going to need a pencil. It's a good idea, especially if you're not used to doing phases, I always use it and I'm going to find the center point of my faith. My chin points about right here. So I'd have to say that's the center point there because the face looks as if it's tilted a little bit to that side. So I'm just doing it very lightly because we'll have to erase these lines. And then halfway down, we're going to do another leg. Now this is just a guide where to place everything. Because the head is tilted. I'm doing the line slightly tilted as well. You don't have to do the airlines is Stark. I'm just doing it so that it shows up for you on the video. So once you're happy with the placement of those lines, we're gonna go ahead and drawing the eyes, nose, and mouth. Now it's a whimsical sculpture. So I'm not going full proper eyes and you know, uniformly spaced and stuff like that. Whimsical sculptures. You'll find that the eyes, you usually are a bit bigger. And it gives them that cute look and more widely spaced. So I'm going to do one eye a boat right here. And the other one about right here. My nose will I go about hair and my mouth? Just a little smile, right? So this line is kinda like whether bro line will go. And as you can see, it gives her a nice, sweet, peaceful look. So go ahead and draw in your I know you can do your eyes as big or as small as you want them. As I said before, the bigger you do them, the bigger eyes look more sweet and whimsical. Smaller eyes, what kinda look BAD? For me? The hardest part is getting both eyes uniform. Will do the nose there and the most there. Okay, so let's just make sure that I start at the same spot. This I definitely is a little bit more slanted than that one. So I'm just gonna throw that off. A good way to do it as well is to draw it upside down. I'm not sure why that works. I think you probably don't look at it as you know what it's supposed to be and you're looking at the actual shape instead. So just play around until you have those eyes, exactly how you like them. You can go ahead and erase those lines. If you need to go over with your paint, you can do that. Also. I am going to bring this one down is a bit more. If you do the eyebrows to the side, night that it will also give you a sculpture. A softer look. I'm a friendly look. If you do them here like that, there'll be more angry as you can see if you look at it like that, she looks angry. So, and of course, if you do them really high, she will look surprise. So eyebrows really have a lot to do with expression. So once you're happy with that, I shape, you can go ahead and just clean up inside of it. We are going to paint them so I'm not too bothered, but the least amount of lines you have, the easier it will be to paint over them. So I just leave kinda like a shadow of them. And then for the nose, I'm simply going to do just a little. So a semicircle like that, like a half moon. And then for the mouth a little bit further down. And that will be her mouth. So the next stage, of course, will be painting these in. And there we have it. Now you have a couple of options for painting the face or put it in the face. You could use colored pencils. You could use paint. Of course. If you're very skilled with tiny paintbrush. Another option is if you want to use acrylic, is paint markers like liquid x has them. It's probably one of the most well-known brands aside of the world, and probably pasta. And Another option would be to use mark because this is a pit artist pens by Favorite Castile. It's, says it's Indian ink. It's actually waterproof. And like fast, I find them very easy to work with when working on sculptures. And I might do the eyes. I'm gonna do the eyes in batch actually. And then we have PRISMA color. This is just a writer, PRISMA color. I'm gonna use this for the mouth. And I'm gonna use another PRISMA color. These are just wax colored pencils for the eyebrows. And this is another bit. Artist spend another water fast pan that Indian ink. And I'll use this for just outline in the top of the eye and the tiny little pupils. And Anymore outline and I also have this one to do to use rather. And then this is a charcoal pencil. We're going to use that just to highlight stuff on the dress, but to get those rosy red cheeks and that I, bro, and the eye shadow rather I used this very old tin of pastels. Any pastels you have will do for this. This, I don't wanna shoot this brand is available, but there's definitely a brand on Amazon which I have linked for you in the supply list. I'm going to go ahead now and paint in our face. I'm just trying to get one more thing I forgot to mention was the liquid x paint marker, which is an acrylic marker that we'll be using for the whites in the drive for a minute. And I'm gonna go ahead and put in the eyebrows. As you can see, it's very easy work in with the colored pencils and no Marcus on the face. As I said before, if you have a very steady hand and you're skilled with your paintbrush, go ahead and use your paintbrush to fill in the details. And if you think it's too much, you can easily just use your erase them and just tone it down a bit. And then for the mouth, they do have colored pencil erasers as well. If you find that this one isn't getting enough. This is for Incan stuff. It's a Tambo eraser, but I find it's very rough. So you find that it gets off the colored pencil also. So if you make a mistake, it's not really a big deal. Worst-case scenarios, you could just send it to bits and paint over it anyway. So there's her little Smith. I don't want it much bigger than that. I was trying to center it a bit more and just fix this. Say, of course you could do a frown if you wanted a angry doll. So there we go. And it's that simple. I am going to grab that market that I forgot to show you how to put in those eyes. Okay, here we go. I have a pasta market. And for those of you who've never used them before, you shake it. And then you just push down the tip and the paint begins to flow. What you then do is just color as if you were coloring coloring page or something. I just find it easier to control these, Marcos. I'm just going to try that. And then I'll use my marker to outline this part. You have to have a very steady hand form. And together eyelashes. I just kind of kick up at the end like that with my markup. And I also outline the areas. You need to make sure that your paint is dry before you do this part. Huan, You don't want it to smudge. And two, it will also mess up the tips of these. Marcos. If you notice I'm not going under with the black. I find that when you use black on the underneath of it, it appears to it's too harsh. So I use the brown colored pencil to go under. This one actually needs a little bit more wide right there. I'll get to that in a minute. Sometimes you just have to go back and forth until you get it, how you want it. So we just need to put that tuple in the center now, MY care both the same tip. Let me get a pen hair and just put in that fearful. I start small. So I got it in the right spot. And then I make Big-O. And then to give her that Twinkle, we just need to add a little dot. Don't push them too hard of paint. Maybe to just to give that little twinkle in the eye. And that is for the, i is really, you can add more eyelashes if you like. I tend to just leave my enlight back because I don't want to eyelashes to take over. So you could clean up any edges that you want to clean up this point or make any adjustments that you might want to make. Sometimes when you're finished, you look like this one is slightly more there, so I'm just gonna go ahead and do that. You can also use a gray Marco to go under the eyes. It might work better than the colored pencil if you have a light enough gray Kazaa. And so doesn't give a very defined line. As you can see from this. So it really just is what your preference is. So clean up your edges now. And we will add our chalk pastels. These come with these little tips on this, these, this thing to hold them. It's like a piece of cotton. A Q-Tip would do. So. I would like her cheeks pink. I go ahead. I don't push too hard. I start lightly on each side. Then I go wider, which can easily be wiped off with a wet life if you make a mistake. And then I also gave her some eye shadow. I used a color that's slightly matched. The dress. They didn't have the exact color second energised used to. Then just went over her eyes like that. Can also add a little dinner if you want. It's up to you. Depends on the effect, of course, that you are going for at pretty much it for her little face. I think she's looking quite pretty now. I am going to use a charcoal pencil now and go around the edges. Just trim it up the neck line here. Not taken too much care because I am actually going to smudge it with my finger, trying to keep it off the neck at the same time as much as possible. But you can go in with their eraser with that are also a wet life will take that right off. I'm gonna do the same thing down here around. My words. Just to help them pop off a bit. If you don't have a charcoal pencil, you can use one of those drawing pencils like at eight to be something with a soft tip, graphite and you got those will also small smudge easily with your finger if there the soft ones. And the final step for this now, because we use a chalk pastels and the charcoal we're gonna want to see list. And it's a good idea to see anyway. Before we add the hair. So go ahead and use a spray. I recommend the spray because you don't want to smudge the charcoal into pastels. A spray varnish such as I use the plaid brand. But any of those colon I'm not quite sure what the brands are everywhere, but basically a clear ClO. You can choose matte, satin or glossy, that's your choice. And then in our next lesson we will add the hair. 8. Adding the Hair: Now I'm going to show you how to prepare the hair. This particular one is living dreams urine N50. They do have a website, hair live in dreams yarn and There are loads of people that sell Alpaca hair, mole hair on Etsy all over the world. So it's quite easy to find on you can also look on Amazon. There are other types of hair you can get as well, bamboo hair on Amazon and of course there's yarn. So whichever one you decide to use it, they will all follow this similar procedure we get to net writing. So what I'm doing now is I'm just separated the bits very gently because I don't want to pull it apart too much and end up with a pile of fluff. And I'm just putting them in little clumps together. I'm going to show you how to do all of it, but I'll definitely show you how to get it going. So you can sit down and have a go at this. I would recommend that you work on a non-stick surface on using mod podge. Any tacky glue is fine. I would recommend that you pour out your glue because you are gonna get bits of the Bible in the glue. And also have old paintbrush ready to use. Alright, so I have a few separated hair. When it's method like this, what I usually do, I use them but I use them for the under pieces that won't show. So I still do use them. But I'll put it, I could say at the bottom, the base of the skull that will then be covered by nicer curls. So just trim up the edges a bit like that where you're going to apply the GW. I'll just to make it a little bit more even. And then you simply place it down. I usually start at one end like this and then work my way up and get your mod podge or tacky glue and your brush. And just go ahead and give it a very, very thick coat. I'll glue. And then just leave that. Let me show you again. Spread out the fibers just a bit. And the very ends. Definitely no more than half an inch because you don't want to waste your your hair. As I said, this can be used. You can comb it out of you like you'd probably get a nice piece of hair if you do gently comment-out like babies brush or one of those fine tooth Coulombs. I'm gonna go ahead and snippet. And add some of that glue. Make sure the glue goes all the way through because you want all the fibers to be fully saturated. And you're just gonna keep going until you've done quite a bit of hair. The amount of hair you need kind of just depends on the size doll that you've made. I just make a whole lot because I can always use it in a future sculpture. If I don't use it for this particular one. So sometimes it is hard to estimate how much you'll use, especially when you're not sure what hairstyle you're doing. If it's short hair clearly it's longer. You know, if you're gonna put it in a ponytail, maybe you don't have to cover the entire head. Just around the scalp. So it varies considerably how much you use and how thick of a clumps are, of course, would also make a big difference. So go ahead and just continue to do that until you've covered all your hair. You have it all a little bit like that. And then we'll come back to it later on. And I will show you how to attach it to the scalp. We are finally at the final stage in our sculpture for this section, we're going to need our tacky glue and, or any other thick glue that grabs very easily. And our sculpture, of course, pair of scissors and the hair that we had done to get the hare ready to stick on. We're just gonna go ahead and just even up the ends like that. And then we'll just put them aside. And when you're trimming off, be sure not to trim off too much. At least leave a little bit of the glue so you have something to stick it down with. I did way much more than we need hair, but I will just do it for another DAW. I tend to work in batches like math. It saves time with future sculpt. Just what you can do as well is sort them into longer bits and shorter bits. So, you know, you will have sticky hands while you're trying to figure out which piece of hair goes where. You can also think of your hairstyle at this point. I'm where you're gonna put your part in. Is it going to be in the middle or to the left or to the right? You can figure out if you're going to put it all up in a ponytail or if you're going to have it out. Because all of those things match are when your place in your hair. Alright, I think I have enough now to get us started. I can always snip off more if I meet two. So here's my sculpture, and I am going to grab a pen. And I have my tacky glue handy. And I'm just going to mark in the hairline. Now you can decide whether you want the part in the middle or at the side, as I said before. But right now, let me turn on this light a bit so you can see the light line better. Let's just get that hairline in code. This is what we're going to work with. When we're sticking down the hair. I can always erase those lines. If you make a mistake. As you sketch in the hairline. Now this hairline is pretty much where we are going to stick the hair to go back. So we wanna make sure that we get at more or less in their right place. There we go. Smudge and just choose a cleaner raised so our mean or you can just make your hair also cover that part. So that is going to be our hair line for our sculpture. That's where her hair is going to stick down. And now we decide if we want it to come in a ponytail like this. That makes a big difference at this point. So now what I'm gonna do is sort by hair. I am going to put the longer bits together. We have some very long ones to put those over there. That one went a bit haphazard, so I'm going to separate that one into two. This helps you when you're working out. What hair goes where sometimes needed a short-term one, sometimes you need a longer one depending on the placement of the hair. Now for her, I'm going to give her her hair line about right here. And the center of the head. Is probably about there. Right? So keeping that in mind, what I'm gonna do is just draw a couple of more lines around being I'm going to have her hair out. I'm gonna stick here along each of these lines. So she gets a full body of hair and might need one more line here. So I'm going to work from the bottom up and at the hair. So you use your tacky glue? I use tacky glue because it grips quickly. Something like fabric glue. I've seen people use Krazy Glue. I wouldn't want to use that because I'm pretty sure I would have hair structure my fingers in no time. You can also keep a paintbrush handy to grab any excess glue that might come down like that. Now, generally speaking, when we're having a short haircut, the shorter hair would be here, longer and then longer because it distance is not that great. So we're gonna start with a shorter hair at the bottom. And you can also start with the hair that you don't mind being covered up. So go ahead and just press down the shorter pieces into the tacky glue. All the way around. That's our first row done. Push them down firmly to make sure they have stuck nicely or that they stick nicely. If you have a little corner a bit like this left, you can just add a little bit more clues. They're listening to opera really, you don't want too much good. I want to drip and down in the face. And then you can use one of those little bits that break off and put that right there. And that will take care of that piece. Now you can weight them in it for this to grab fully before you move on. If I wasn't filming, I probably would do that. Because you don't want the new layer of hair to be sticking on this one. Another option is to try It's a bit with your glue gun. I mean, sorry, with a heat gun. Hopefully that will help drive quick go because you don't want it move in our round and then hair gets stuck in places it shouldn't be stuck in. So you move on now to the next layer. At this point, you can see that we might need a few more pieces of hair than what we have. So I'm gonna go back over and grab a few more bits. I want some medium length bits. So let's grab some of those. This is one of the reasons I do. It's extra because you never know until you get started. At least I never know. How much you're really going to use a lot depends on your hairstyle, how thick you do the hair also makes a difference. Like if we're going in a pony tail, we wouldn't need that many layers. We could just work around all the edges up. But because we decided to have her here out, we definitely need a bit more. So we have a few more here now. So we can definitely move on to the next one. And we're going to continue all the way up. We're going to need it to dry for quite a few hours cuz we wanna make sure everything is fully sealed. Before we styled hair. I should have stored my glue upside down. So this a very spectacular way. It does take a while to get running. Alright, let's go ahead and add another row. Now. Let's get the lid back on that blue and I'm just gonna store it upside down this stem. Right? So there's our another row of tacky glue so we can go ahead and add more hair. The lines are just a guide. You don't have to stick them exactly on the line, is just to give us an idea of where to place them. So we don't miss out any spots. Here we go. Again, I'm just going to wait for a minute. And then we can add another row. And then we'll do the bits that go over. She's starting to look. Quite cute now, looks a bit odd, but she's still quite cute. So judging from how it's looking now, I'm going to adjust this robot. I think I'm going to put it up here instead. Okay, let's add another row now. If you find any bits that you really, really like and you want to make those go on top, just put them aside. So when you reach that area, like a really nice curl that you might want to keep. You're getting a bit sticky. I might have to stop and wipe them off. That's a beautiful curl. And there we have another room. So once again, just press those down firmly to make sure that they're intact. Ok, this is fill in this spot right here that has a little patch. There we go. Press down. And then I'm going to allow this to dry. Before moving on up, alright, that last little section is dried a bit, so we're going to add one more line right here and then will go for the part in it just as before. Add your glue. Then I have this lovely piece right here. And I'm going to just stick right there. I'm going to turn it around so I can see what I'm doing back here now. And what I'm actually gonna do is go across hair as well. We can always stick unruly hair down if we need to. Or there is there is actually a product that works really well on this hair. I mean, it's actually for when you're grooming horses. And it really helps keep it under control. Alright, so we need one last bit, or right there and I think this bit will do. And there we go. So the last bit right here that we're going to have to do, I want this glue to dry first. We're going to do it one section at a time. So being this side is what? And this site isn't and we're going to do this section for us. So in order to get that part and we have to be very clever and very careful how we put on the hair. So for the part in the hair that you want to come this section, you're going to have to stick it down at that section for us. And then so we'd have to stick that hair and then flip it like that when it's dry and then do the other section. So it really just depends on where you want their hair to fall. Now being there's glue on that side, I'm gonna do this section first. So I'm gonna go right along the party and for this little bit in the middle. See, when I fold it back, that would be that section there. So for now I'm just going to leave it like that. It's kinda hard to understand. You really just have to see it and you will see it in a bit. What I mean. And I'm going to add one extra piece right here. So that when we flip it, we will have a bald spot. In the middle of the head. Little bit looks like it needs a tad bit more glue. And of course, I forgot to leave it upside down again. I don't know why they just don't make glue like the ketchup bottles that are upside down and be fantastic. And I'm going to leave it upset them for a minute and get back to that. But so meanwhile, and I'm just gonna make sure you have a nice, you know, they'll do a MOOC that bit down. And I'll add this bit here in that glue. That works too. And I think this bitches doesn't want to stick it nice and upside down now. So there we go. Let's go ahead and stick that. But again, I'm just going to use my pencil depress sat down and I dry it. I do have a little package with stuff in it that I use when I'm working on these sculptures. So the next step is to flip that bit over, not trip in it too tightly. I just want you to be able to see what's happened in hair. See there's a line. So we don't want that to come off that line. So I just wanna make sure I get that part right. Before I leave it to dry. I leave this side to dry fully. Before I do the other side because I don't want the hair maybe stuck together anywhere. So that's pretty much how this side of the part in is going to look. So you can just move it around a bit, make sure you have everything in the right spot. And then you can leave it to dry and come back to it and do the other side. You find that you have a bald spot. You can always go in and add a bit of hair right there. So I'll see you in a bit when this part is dry and then we can add any, the last row of hair that's needed and any extra bits. This section is dry enough now for us to move on. So I'm gonna go ahead and just spin it out the way. I don't want to pin it to tag. I don't want to tug on it. We just need it out the way to cause we're gonna add more blue hair and then do this section. So what we're gonna do know it, make sure you can see that properly. Is Edward glue in hair? But this time we're gonna stick our we're going to add the glue here actually. And this time we're going to stick it that way. So when it folds down we have the part. So let me just make sure that's nice. And in place before move along. And I am gonna go ahead and add the glue. I don't wanna go too close to the hairline because it will move a bit. And I don't want my hair right here getting full of glue. So it's grab some hair now and start filling in this area. Remember we're sticking it up this time. We can separate the and if you want a bit and get a much fluffy a piece that we go ahead and stick that in as well. And for that last bit right there, that's the one that's going to be right at the front. And showing that you wanna make sure you have a nice piece there. Smelled like this curl. I think this quote quite nicely there, or even this one is a little thicker. I separate it a bit with my finger. I can fluff up a bit. I wouldn't recommend user regular comb on this because it will rip out pieces of the hair on if you have one of those peaks that you'd use for like an afro. And that would be a good way of separating the bits of a hair. It's going to add a little bit more glue right there and not too too much. And we're going to stick on her hair. And as we did before, I'm just going to push that up right to that part. And I make sure that it's all the way up. We don't want it to be a big gap right there. So it's important that this part goes all the way up to the one on the other side. He can just kinda check by full than it down every so often without pulling it does leave a gap somewhere. We can always go back in and fill it with a bit of glue on another piece of hair. So I'm going to leave this to try again. And then we will start with the hair. And we would have completed our sculpture. Our hair is dry now and we are at the very final stages where we're just going to snip, snip off a feudal bits here and there. If you want to help tame it, you can just add a little spritz a Waldo. I wouldn't spirit directly on it, but maybe just dab it like that with your hands. I've heard that leaving conditioners and stuff are fine with as long as it's the most hair or the Alpaca hair. So I don't want to comb this out because it's just free out. So just styled it with your fingers, which is why damping in it a bit with water helps. And you can even glue bits in place if you like. Say, if you wanted this piece to hang down that way, you could probably glue it right there and it would hang down that. So what I'm gonna do, no, it's just basically trim up a bit. Just really the back bits like that. Any little frizzy bits or pieces that are actually a whole lot long ago or that have come out like that. Because you'll find that pieces will come out, especially when you start pulling edit with your fingers. That's why I definitely wouldn't recommend a comb because it would just start coming to pieces. So typeof ANY ends that you want to if we're a little hair style, if you want to, can add ribbons, you can add a headband. Many, many options. I kinda like the wild hair. You can bridge some yarn that would make a very cute headband as well. Kinda like the mad hair look. So I'm going to leave her like that. I will probably separate this little curl a bit more. There we go. Okay. We're just a little bit more fluff going on right there. And that's it. You are finished your article. I do hope you enjoyed this course. 9. Your Class Project : I would like to talk to you a bit about your class project. What I want you to do is to make your very own arc doll. And this can be exactly like Solana. Same color schemes seem cool. It whatever you like, or you could come up with your own art doll and you color scheme on your character. And you quote, whatever you choose. Just go ahead and have fun on your baking it. And remember, you can always refer back to the videos. If you need to go over something while you're making it. And if you need feedback for me, please note. I would also love for you to share your finished project where the class, or even along the way. A lot of times we do these things and we don't like to share them because we're unsure if they're good enough and unsure what people with saying. But you know, get in constructive feedback is always great in art. It helps you to develop as an artist and a skill share for me of those safe environment for me to learn and grow as an artist. So please don't forget to share those projects with the class. And as I said before, if you need and feedback along the way, I am always happy to help. Just give me a day or two to respond. I tried to get onto skill sure. At least once a day, but sometimes that doesn't always happen. So just bear that in mind when you're asking me a question. I will I will do my best to get to her as soon as possible. Also, I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you for joining me in this class. Have an overall that vie other classes and hopefully you'll find something else you like. I teach of external art journaling and mixed media and sculpted right here on the skill share. So thank you once again, and I look forward to seeing those projects.