Emily Sculpts!
Commission - Prowler
Please note, this piece was a commission and is not for sale. While I do take commissions (see below), I do not remake pieces that I have already made. Thank you for your understanding.
Materials : Sculpey Firm, Sculper Sculpey, Apoxie Sculpt, Wire and Foil Armature, Cel Vinyl, Pearl Ex, Wood Base
Dimensions : 6.5” Tall on a 9x7” Base
Time Taken : 23 hours
Want to learn how to sculpt like I do? My book Creature Sculpt will teach you everything you need to know! Check out all the information here!
To read my commission policy, pricing, and information on how to get a slot, go here.

Commission - Prowler

Please note, this piece was a commission and is not for sale. While I do take commissions (see below), I do not remake pieces that I have already made. Thank you for your understanding.

Materials : Sculpey Firm, Sculper Sculpey, Apoxie Sculpt, Wire and Foil Armature, Cel Vinyl, Pearl Ex, Wood Base

Dimensions : 6.5” Tall on a 9x7” Base

Time Taken : 23 hours

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

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

Follow theforestemperor to watch me work on a large scale dragon sculpture!  I started clay work this weekend, so much fun!

Follow theforestemperor to watch me work on a large scale dragon sculpture!  I started clay work this weekend, so much fun!

jdunbar123:

Excited to announce leggings and skirts based off of my abstract paintings are now available in the shop!! Special thanks goes to my husband/photographer and my niece/model for their amazing work on this photo-shoot! #Leggings #Skirt #AbstractArt #JDunbarCollections

check out my girl jessica’s AWESOME new leggings and skirts!  those blue leggings will be mine!
https://www.etsy.com/shop/JDunbarCollections

jdunbar123:

Excited to announce leggings and skirts based off of my abstract paintings are now available in the shop!! Special thanks goes to my husband/photographer and my niece/model for their amazing work on this photo-shoot! #Leggings #Skirt #AbstractArt #JDunbarCollections

check out my girl jessica’s AWESOME new leggings and skirts!  those blue leggings will be mine!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/JDunbarCollections

Commission WIP, an original species called “prowlers”. Nice break from all the cute stuff I’ve been doing lately! #commission #wip #sculpey #sculpture #monster #creature #prowler

Commission WIP, an original species called “prowlers”. Nice break from all the cute stuff I’ve been doing lately! #commission #wip #sculpey #sculpture #monster #creature #prowler

Commission - Cutie Mark Crusaders
Please note, this piece was a commission and is not for sale. While I do take commissions (see below), I do not remake pieces that I have already made. Thank you for your understanding.
Materials : Sculpey Firm, Super Sculpey, Apoxie Sculpt, Wire Armature, Cel Vinyl, Wood Base, Waterslide Decals (for the emblem patches)
Dimensions : 4.5” Tall on a 5x7” Base
Time Taken : 25 hours
Want to learn how to sculpt like I do? My book Creature Sculpt will teach you everything you need to know! Check out all the information here!
To read my commission policy, pricing, and information on how to get a slot, go here.

Commission - Cutie Mark Crusaders

Please note, this piece was a commission and is not for sale. While I do take commissions (see below), I do not remake pieces that I have already made. Thank you for your understanding.

Materials : Sculpey Firm, Super Sculpey, Apoxie Sculpt, Wire Armature, Cel Vinyl, Wood Base, Waterslide Decals (for the emblem patches)

Dimensions : 4.5” Tall on a 5x7” Base

Time Taken : 25 hours

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

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

Today I finished the foam work on theforestemperor!  Check out my other blog for more details and photos!

Today I finished the foam work on theforestemperor!  Check out my other blog for more details and photos!

Commission - Rogue Legacy : Paladin Strike
Please note, this piece was a commission and is not for sale. While I do take commissions (see below), I do not remake pieces that I have already made. Thank you for your understanding.
About : How does it balance? I used heavy gauge armature wire (which runs through the base) coupled with Apoxie Sculpt for most of the piece. My 50/50 Sculpey mix was used for detailing. The sword has wire mesh inside to help keep the form even.
Materials : Apoxie Sculpt, Sculpey Firm, Super Sculpey, Wire and Mesh Armature, Cel Vinyl, Wood Base
Dimensions : 11” Tall on a 4” Base
Time Taken : 15 hours
Want to learn how to sculpt like I do?  My book Creature Sculpt will teach you everything you need to know! Check out all the information here!
To read my commission policy, pricing, and information on how to get a slot, go here.

Commission - Rogue Legacy : Paladin Strike

Please note, this piece was a commission and is not for sale. While I do take commissions (see below), I do not remake pieces that I have already made. Thank you for your understanding.

About : How does it balance? I used heavy gauge armature wire (which runs through the base) coupled with Apoxie Sculpt for most of the piece. My 50/50 Sculpey mix was used for detailing. The sword has wire mesh inside to help keep the form even.

Materials : Apoxie Sculpt, Sculpey Firm, Super Sculpey, Wire and Mesh Armature, Cel Vinyl, Wood Base

Dimensions : 11” Tall on a 4” Base

Time Taken : 15 hours

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

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

Do you follow my pet project page, theforestemperor?  I just posted the latest progress from this past weekend!  Be sure to check it out.

Do you follow my pet project page, theforestemperor?  I just posted the latest progress from this past weekend!  Be sure to check it out.

Wile E Coyote - Pose Development
This piece had to display a very dynamic and exaggerated pose.  To help me with the angles and proportions, I took a lot of progress photos and overlaid the concept drawing in Photoshop to help me make adjustments along the way.
Apoxie Sculpt was used for the interior base structure of the sculpture, in order to keep the piece sturdy and strong.  A 50/50 mix of Super Sculpey and Sculpey firm was used over top for detailing and final surfacing.  The armature is composed of aluminum wire.  I used thick wire for the body and legs and wrapped thin wire for the arms and tail.  The figure attaches to the base via the thick wire inserted into a hole on the base.
1 - This is just the wire armature bent into shape with some Apoxie Sculpt over the main form to start solidifying the pose.  The arms are still bare wire and the knees can still be bent to adjust the pose.  I will often Apoxie only “stiff” areas at first so that I can allow room to pose as I work.  I don’t like being restricted from the start!
2 - Pose adjustments are made to the right leg and tail.  I’m also starting to flesh out some mass in larger areas like the torso, using Super Sculpey/Sculpey Firm.  The arms now have Apoxie Sculpt, but are free to bend at the shoulders and elbows.
3 - Adjustments are made to the arm lengths.  The hands and tail are now being blocked in and the feet are starting to take form.
4 - I have now sculpted a VERY rough head in Sculpey, trying to figure out the proportions before moving on to detail.
5 - The head is now a bit more proportional and detailed.  I’ve been sculpting the head separately and it got a bit heavy; I used a wire support to help keep the weight up for photos!
6 - Lots of more small adjustments here, especially to the ears.
7 - I removed the head in order to focus on the body.  I increased the size of the hands and feet and started to add in some fur detail.
8 - The sculpture was transferred to the final base.  I’ve finished detailing the face, adding fur tufts, and making final adjustments to the pose.
9 - A few hours of sanding later, this has really started to come together!
10 - Paint is the final touch to bring him to life!
Check out a video progression of the images shown above!

Wile E Coyote Process from Emily Coleman on Vimeo.

Want to learn more about how to sculpt like I do?  My book Creature Sculpt will teach you everything you need to know! Check out all the information here!
To read my commission policy, pricing, and information on how to get a slot, go here.

Wile E Coyote - Pose Development

This piece had to display a very dynamic and exaggerated pose.  To help me with the angles and proportions, I took a lot of progress photos and overlaid the concept drawing in Photoshop to help me make adjustments along the way.

Apoxie Sculpt was used for the interior base structure of the sculpture, in order to keep the piece sturdy and strong.  A 50/50 mix of Super Sculpey and Sculpey firm was used over top for detailing and final surfacing.  The armature is composed of aluminum wire.  I used thick wire for the body and legs and wrapped thin wire for the arms and tail.  The figure attaches to the base via the thick wire inserted into a hole on the base.

1 - This is just the wire armature bent into shape with some Apoxie Sculpt over the main form to start solidifying the pose.  The arms are still bare wire and the knees can still be bent to adjust the pose.  I will often Apoxie only “stiff” areas at first so that I can allow room to pose as I work.  I don’t like being restricted from the start!

2 - Pose adjustments are made to the right leg and tail.  I’m also starting to flesh out some mass in larger areas like the torso, using Super Sculpey/Sculpey Firm.  The arms now have Apoxie Sculpt, but are free to bend at the shoulders and elbows.

3 - Adjustments are made to the arm lengths.  The hands and tail are now being blocked in and the feet are starting to take form.

4 - I have now sculpted a VERY rough head in Sculpey, trying to figure out the proportions before moving on to detail.

5 - The head is now a bit more proportional and detailed.  I’ve been sculpting the head separately and it got a bit heavy; I used a wire support to help keep the weight up for photos!

6 - Lots of more small adjustments here, especially to the ears.

7 - I removed the head in order to focus on the body.  I increased the size of the hands and feet and started to add in some fur detail.

8 - The sculpture was transferred to the final base.  I’ve finished detailing the face, adding fur tufts, and making final adjustments to the pose.

9 - A few hours of sanding later, this has really started to come together!

10 - Paint is the final touch to bring him to life!

Check out a video progression of the images shown above!

Wile E Coyote Process from Emily Coleman on Vimeo.

Want to learn more about how to sculpt like I do?  My book Creature Sculpt will teach you everything you need to know! Check out all the information here!

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

Hi! Trying new materials is wonderful! So, what about the Cel Vinyl paints? How do they behave compared with others?

I have only painted one piece so far with my new Cel Vinyl paints, which was Wile E Coyote.  But that experience was enough for me to know I will be switching to them exclusively.  I’ve always worked with craft acrylics, mainly Delta Ceramcoat.  I still think Ceramcoat is a good product, but Cel Vinyl is far superior.  

Firstly, the paint is poured to order so you know you are getting fresh paint; no gamble as to how long it’s been sitting on that art store shelf.  It’s sold by a forth generation family business, Cartoon Colour, which I am all about supporting.  These are the paints that were originally made to paint traditional animation cels back in the day.

The consistency is really amazing.  I need to add very little water in order to get it to the consistency I need to brush onto my sculptures.  It dries opaque and streak-free.  While you still need to build it up in layers like acrylic, it takes less layers for a nice solid base coat.

The pigments are very strong and vibrant.  I noticed while mixing, it takes only the smallest amount of any given color to dramatically change another color.  The paint is also very fast drying, when compared to acrylic.

When dry, Cel Vinyl becomes waterproof which is a huge plus, overall.  You just have to take care not to accidentally get a little bit of paint in the wrong area.  With acrylic, you can often wipe off such mistakes with a damp towel if you move fast enough.  With Cel Vinyl, you have to paint over these flubs.

Cel Vinyl also travels easily.  Dried paint on your hands transfers to your sculpture very easily.  Once I have the base coat down, I wear a vinyl glove on my left hand to hold the sculpture safely while I paint with my right hand.

Overall, I think Cel Vinyl is a superior paint that every sculptor should at least try.  The pluses far outweigh any of the shortcomings it might have.