Emily Sculpts!
Work in Progress - Celestia and Luna Busts
Based Off the Work of Andy Price : MLP Comic # 5 Cover Art
This is a huge commission I am working on for one of my collectors.  Since it is taking up so much of my time and I don’t have much else to show until it’s done, I thought I would do a post showing the progress I’ve made so far.  This is a large scale piece that is 100% epoxy based clay.  Some changes were made vs. the original art work in order to help the look of the piece in three dimensions.
Materials : Free Form Air, Apoxie Sculpt
Current Measurements : 11 inches from base of neck to top of hair, 11x14” Wood Base
Current Hours : 45
1 . Mock Up : This is a paper mock up of the final piece, showing proportions and placement.  The base is a project in and of itself; I will be discussing the base more in future progress images.
2. Armature : Since these are busts, I don’t really need much of an armature.  I used 1/4” aluminum wire as an anchor for the clay to grab onto.  I cover the base in foil to keep the clay from sticking as I need to be able to remove the busts for sanding and detailing.
3. Base Structure : I could have started with styrofoam or even foil, but I opted to use Free Form Air Epoxy Clay from Smooth On.  It is very light weight but cures rock hard.  I built up this base form in three sessions, allowing each layer to cure before moving on to the next.  
4. Secondary Form : After a session with the power sander, I use Apoxie Sculpt to start filling in the gaps and adding more shape to the faces.  Free Form Air is great for base shapes, but difficult to use for details.  I also prefer the smooth, final surface of Apoxie Sculpt; Free Form tends to stay a bit on the gritty side.
5. Refined Form : Lots of sanding has been done as well as refinement to the lines and details in the face.  The horns aren’t seen in this picture, but they are sculpted around stainless steel bolts.  I drilled holes into the foreheads and inserted coupler nuts so that the horns are easily removable (for shipping and moving purposes).  Also, both sides of the faces are fully detailed, even though hair will be largely covering the back facing sides of the heads.
6. Hair Prep : I decided that I would need to make the hair as separate pieces that will be glued on after painting.  There are too many tight spots that I will need to reach for the hair to be attached from the start.  I wrapped the busts with foil and masking tape to prevent the hair from sticking.  I temporarily attached some wire mesh for initial support for the hair.  Ponies in spaaaaace!
7. Hair, Base Structure : I once again started with Free Form Air.  I pulled the cured clay off the busts by removing the masking tape and foil. I was then able to add more cay to the underside of the hair. I cleaned everything up with my Dremel and power sander before placing both hair pieces back onto the heads, making sure that the horns were able to be removed through the hair.
8. Hair, Refinement : I laid in Apoxie Sculpt to detail the hair and add some more form.  
9. Hair, More Base Structure : In order to keep the hair removable, I had to make the hair in two sections.  This will prevent the busts from getting “trapped” in their hair shells!   I used more Free Form, this time with some embedded wires for the flyaways.
10. Hair, More Refinement : And again, I’ve laid in more Apoxie Sculpt to start detailing the front of the hair.  I will leave the flyaways for last so I don’t snap them off while working.
So much more to come!
Want to learn how to sculpt like I do? My book Fantasy Creatures In Clay will teach you everything you need to know! Check out all the information here!
My online class at Udemy is now enrolling. Head over there now to sign up.
Interested in a commission? To read my commission policy, pricing, and information on how to get a slot, go here.

Work in Progress - Celestia and Luna Busts

Based Off the Work of Andy Price : MLP Comic # 5 Cover Art

This is a huge commission I am working on for one of my collectors.  Since it is taking up so much of my time and I don’t have much else to show until it’s done, I thought I would do a post showing the progress I’ve made so far.  This is a large scale piece that is 100% epoxy based clay.  Some changes were made vs. the original art work in order to help the look of the piece in three dimensions.

Materials : Free Form Air, Apoxie Sculpt

Current Measurements : 11 inches from base of neck to top of hair, 11x14” Wood Base

Current Hours : 45

1 . Mock Up : This is a paper mock up of the final piece, showing proportions and placement.  The base is a project in and of itself; I will be discussing the base more in future progress images.

2. Armature : Since these are busts, I don’t really need much of an armature.  I used 1/4” aluminum wire as an anchor for the clay to grab onto.  I cover the base in foil to keep the clay from sticking as I need to be able to remove the busts for sanding and detailing.

3. Base Structure : I could have started with styrofoam or even foil, but I opted to use Free Form Air Epoxy Clay from Smooth On.  It is very light weight but cures rock hard.  I built up this base form in three sessions, allowing each layer to cure before moving on to the next.  

4. Secondary Form : After a session with the power sander, I use Apoxie Sculpt to start filling in the gaps and adding more shape to the faces.  Free Form Air is great for base shapes, but difficult to use for details.  I also prefer the smooth, final surface of Apoxie Sculpt; Free Form tends to stay a bit on the gritty side.

5. Refined Form : Lots of sanding has been done as well as refinement to the lines and details in the face.  The horns aren’t seen in this picture, but they are sculpted around stainless steel bolts.  I drilled holes into the foreheads and inserted coupler nuts so that the horns are easily removable (for shipping and moving purposes).  Also, both sides of the faces are fully detailed, even though hair will be largely covering the back facing sides of the heads.

6. Hair Prep : I decided that I would need to make the hair as separate pieces that will be glued on after painting.  There are too many tight spots that I will need to reach for the hair to be attached from the start.  I wrapped the busts with foil and masking tape to prevent the hair from sticking.  I temporarily attached some wire mesh for initial support for the hair.  Ponies in spaaaaace!

7. Hair, Base Structure : I once again started with Free Form Air.  I pulled the cured clay off the busts by removing the masking tape and foil. I was then able to add more cay to the underside of the hair. I cleaned everything up with my Dremel and power sander before placing both hair pieces back onto the heads, making sure that the horns were able to be removed through the hair.

8. Hair, Refinement : I laid in Apoxie Sculpt to detail the hair and add some more form.  

9. Hair, More Base Structure : In order to keep the hair removable, I had to make the hair in two sections.  This will prevent the busts from getting “trapped” in their hair shells!   I used more Free Form, this time with some embedded wires for the flyaways.

10. Hair, More Refinement : And again, I’ve laid in more Apoxie Sculpt to start detailing the front of the hair.  I will leave the flyaways for last so I don’t snap them off while working.

So much more to come!

Want to learn how to sculpt like I do? My book Fantasy Creatures In Clay will teach you everything you need to know! Check out all the information here!

My online class at Udemy is now enrolling. Head over there now to sign up.

Interested in a commission? To read my commission policy, pricing, and information on how to get a slot, go here.

impactbooks:

Check it out, MAKE magazine wrote a review of Emily Coleman’s new IMPACT book: Fantasy Creatures in Clay! http://bit.ly/1qOuhk6

Many thanks to Jason Babler of MAKE Magazine for the awesome write-up of Fantasy Creatures in Clay!

emilysculpts:

impactbooks:

Are you dying to ask one of our IMPACT authors a question? Well here’s your chance! Send us a question to ask Emily Coleman by Friday, September 12, 2014 and we’ll include it in our Q&A video with her!

I am going to be answering questions from viewers for a Q&A with my publisher, Impact Books!  Got a question about sculpting or how my book was made?  It’s your chance to hear back from me!  Send questions directly to Impact via Twitter or Facebook.
I will be answering questions in a video format later this month!

Got a question you want me to chat about on my AMA video?  Questions are due tomorrow.  You can post them directly to impactbooks or ask on here for me to forward on to them!

emilysculpts:

impactbooks:

Are you dying to ask one of our IMPACT authors a question? Well here’s your chance! Send us a question to ask Emily Coleman by Friday, September 12, 2014 and we’ll include it in our Q&A video with her!

I am going to be answering questions from viewers for a Q&A with my publisher, Impact Books!  Got a question about sculpting or how my book was made?  It’s your chance to hear back from me!  Send questions directly to Impact via Twitter or Facebook.

I will be answering questions in a video format later this month!

Got a question you want me to chat about on my AMA video?  Questions are due tomorrow.  You can post them directly to impactbooks or ask on here for me to forward on to them!

emilysculpts:

WIP shot of a sculpt for my sweet friend VonBorowsky. #garurumon #digimon #digivolution #sculpture #figure #wip #sculpey

holy cow, this guy got a lot of attention today, randomly!  nearly at 900 notes!!  thanks for the love, people!  Garurumon is currently sitting on my shelf awaiting paint so the next time you see him, he will be sporting his blue stripes.

emilysculpts:

WIP shot of a sculpt for my sweet friend VonBorowsky. #garurumon #digimon #digivolution #sculpture #figure #wip #sculpey

holy cow, this guy got a lot of attention today, randomly!  nearly at 900 notes!!  thanks for the love, people!  Garurumon is currently sitting on my shelf awaiting paint so the next time you see him, he will be sporting his blue stripes.

impactbooks:

Are you dying to ask one of our IMPACT authors a question? Well here’s your chance! Send us a question to ask Emily Coleman by Friday, September 12, 2014 and we’ll include it in our Q&A video with her!

I am going to be answering questions from viewers for a Q&A with my publisher, Impact Books!  Got a question about sculpting or how my book was made?  It’s your chance to hear back from me!  Send questions directly to Impact via Twitter or Facebook.
I will be answering questions in a video format later this month!

impactbooks:

Are you dying to ask one of our IMPACT authors a question? Well here’s your chance! Send us a question to ask Emily Coleman by Friday, September 12, 2014 and we’ll include it in our Q&A video with her!

I am going to be answering questions from viewers for a Q&A with my publisher, Impact Books!  Got a question about sculpting or how my book was made?  It’s your chance to hear back from me!  Send questions directly to Impact via Twitter or Facebook.

I will be answering questions in a video format later this month!

jdunbar123:

"Legato" 18x18 Acrylic on Canvas. #abstract #acrylic #art #painting #dance #JDunbarCollections #artprints #FloridaArtist Prints on wood available at http://www.printsonwood.com/artists/jessica-dunbar. And the original at https://www.etsy.com/listing/202851243/legato-18x18-dance-inspired-abstract

AMAZING new work from Jessica Dunbar.  Be sure to check out her leggings too, in her Etsy shop.  I just got a pair and they are AWESOME!

jdunbar123:

"Legato" 18x18 Acrylic on Canvas. #abstract #acrylic #art #painting #dance #JDunbarCollections #artprints #FloridaArtist Prints on wood available at http://www.printsonwood.com/artists/jessica-dunbar. And the original at https://www.etsy.com/listing/202851243/legato-18x18-dance-inspired-abstract

AMAZING new work from Jessica Dunbar.  Be sure to check out her leggings too, in her Etsy shop.  I just got a pair and they are AWESOME!

Cruising along on theforestemperor!  I just finished up the main clay forms this past weekend.  Now onto refining, shaping, and detailing. Make sure you are watching the project blog for full updates!

Cruising along on theforestemperor!  I just finished up the main clay forms this past weekend.  Now onto refining, shaping, and detailing. Make sure you are watching the project blog for full updates!

impactbooks:

Happy National Read a Book Day!

Fantasy Creatures in Clay makes an appearance in this video by impactbooks!  Check it out and don’t forget, Fantasy Creatures in Clay is NOW AVAILABLE!!  Order today on Amazon.com.

Omg you guys. The toothless busts are painting up awesome!  Here’s a little sneak peek from the progress so far!  So excited!  Hoping to have a few sets for sale very soon. Stay tuned!!  #toothless #httyd #nightfury #howtotrainyourdragon #dragon #bust #expression #animation #sculpture #figure #face

Omg you guys. The toothless busts are painting up awesome! Here’s a little sneak peek from the progress so far! So excited! Hoping to have a few sets for sale very soon. Stay tuned!! #toothless #httyd #nightfury #howtotrainyourdragon #dragon #bust #expression #animation #sculpture #figure #face

emilysculpts:

My Skillshare Class is Now LIVE!  Sign Up Today!
Learn how to sculpt your own critters with my new video-based class on Skillshare.  Much like my book, Creature Sculpt, this class is aimed at beginners and will take you through the entire sculpting process.  
How it Works : Skillshare classes allow you to learn at your own pace.  There are no assignment deadlines.  You can watch the videos as time permits and complete the steps as fast or as slow as you want.  There are no formal lectures or evaluations.  However, you are encouraged to post your work-in-progress shots to the student forums for critique and discussion amongst your peers.  I will be overseeing the forums to give my own advice and guidance to students.
What You Get : The class includes over two and a half hours of high quality video footage showing the entire sculpting process.  Topics covered include materials and research, armatures, blocking, refining, detailing, finishing, and painting.  Lifetime access to the class will be provided by Skillshare.  This will include any and all updates and additions I make to this class.
You will also get access to the class forums where you can post questions, get critique, and share tips and ideas.  While this is largely a student-based forum, I will also review the forums regularly to tend to questions and give advice.
Prerequisites : No previous sculpting experience is required, however, I do recommend that students have some sort of artistic background.  Previous knowledge of drawing, anatomy, design, and color are all very helpful.
How Much?  The regular cost of the class is $40 USD.  However, I am running a 50% off promotion that lasts now through the end of August.  This is a thank you to all of the amazing people that have supported me over the years!
Use coupon code “ThankYou” to get lifetime access to my class for a super-low limited price of $20 USD.  Please use the link below to sign up.  I get a MUCH higher cut of the sign up fee if you use the links that I provide vs. signing up through the Skillshare website.
Sign Up for “Sculpting Creatures and Critters” Today!
Skillshare also offers a monthly membership to their entire class library.  It is $9.99 per month for unlimited access.  However, this will not entitle you to permanent membership in my class.  You will have to continue paying the monthly rate in order to continuously access the material, new and old.
Please spread the word and thank you all for your support!

LAST DAY to get 50% off on my Skillshare class.  You can buy it now and take the class later if you don’t have the time right now.  Purchasing the class gives you lifetime access to the videos and forums.
In 3 weeks, on September 20, Skillshare will be going members-only.  If you have a coupon for free entry into the class, you need to use it before that date.  All 10 free class coupons have been mailed out from my Creature Sculpt promotion.  If you purchased one of the final 100 copies, be sure to check for a flier inside with a coupon code for the class.
So long as you have purchased the class outright prior to September 20th, you will have lifetime access to my class.  After that date, if you haven’t yet purchased the class, you will have to be a member to view it on Skillshare, at the rate of $9.99/month.
As I still want to provide an a-la-carte purchasing option for my viewers, I have made my class available on Udemy.com.  This is the exact same class just on a different platform.  I will be updating and monitoring both Skillshare and Udemy equally.  Use this link to get the same $40 pricing that is offered on Skillshare. 
I broke the 100 student mark the other day!  Thank you all for continuing to make this class so successful!

emilysculpts:

My Skillshare Class is Now LIVE!  Sign Up Today!

Learn how to sculpt your own critters with my new video-based class on Skillshare.  Much like my book, Creature Sculpt, this class is aimed at beginners and will take you through the entire sculpting process.  

How it Works : Skillshare classes allow you to learn at your own pace.  There are no assignment deadlines.  You can watch the videos as time permits and complete the steps as fast or as slow as you want.  There are no formal lectures or evaluations.  However, you are encouraged to post your work-in-progress shots to the student forums for critique and discussion amongst your peers.  I will be overseeing the forums to give my own advice and guidance to students.

What You Get : The class includes over two and a half hours of high quality video footage showing the entire sculpting process.  Topics covered include materials and research, armatures, blocking, refining, detailing, finishing, and painting.  Lifetime access to the class will be provided by Skillshare.  This will include any and all updates and additions I make to this class.

You will also get access to the class forums where you can post questions, get critique, and share tips and ideas.  While this is largely a student-based forum, I will also review the forums regularly to tend to questions and give advice.

Prerequisites : No previous sculpting experience is required, however, I do recommend that students have some sort of artistic background.  Previous knowledge of drawing, anatomy, design, and color are all very helpful.

How Much?  The regular cost of the class is $40 USD.  However, I am running a 50% off promotion that lasts now through the end of August.  This is a thank you to all of the amazing people that have supported me over the years!

Use coupon code “ThankYou” to get lifetime access to my class for a super-low limited price of $20 USD.  Please use the link below to sign up.  I get a MUCH higher cut of the sign up fee if you use the links that I provide vs. signing up through the Skillshare website.

Sign Up for “Sculpting Creatures and Critters” Today!

Skillshare also offers a monthly membership to their entire class library.  It is $9.99 per month for unlimited access.  However, this will not entitle you to permanent membership in my class.  You will have to continue paying the monthly rate in order to continuously access the material, new and old.

Please spread the word and thank you all for your support!

LAST DAY to get 50% off on my Skillshare class.  You can buy it now and take the class later if you don’t have the time right now.  Purchasing the class gives you lifetime access to the videos and forums.

In 3 weeks, on September 20, Skillshare will be going members-only.  If you have a coupon for free entry into the class, you need to use it before that date.  All 10 free class coupons have been mailed out from my Creature Sculpt promotion.  If you purchased one of the final 100 copies, be sure to check for a flier inside with a coupon code for the class.

So long as you have purchased the class outright prior to September 20th, you will have lifetime access to my class.  After that date, if you haven’t yet purchased the class, you will have to be a member to view it on Skillshare, at the rate of $9.99/month.

As I still want to provide an a-la-carte purchasing option for my viewers, I have made my class available on Udemy.com.  This is the exact same class just on a different platform.  I will be updating and monitoring both Skillshare and Udemy equally.  Use this link to get the same $40 pricing that is offered on Skillshare. 

I broke the 100 student mark the other day!  Thank you all for continuing to make this class so successful!