I intend to sculpt a lot of faces and heads this year, and do a lot of character studies.
I intended to do that last year, too, but I never got around to it. This year, it’s going to happen, I swear – and my new home-made form will help. I have several projects in mind already, just as soon as I finish a few projects I already have started.
I’ve been using small form for sculpting heads and faces since I made it last year, but I wanted a bigger one. You can see the little one next to the resin skull that I used for my model in the photo on the right.
The model for my new form was the resin casting of a skull that I bought several years ago on amazon.com. I’ve used it a lot – you can see two of the masks I made by sculpting over the skull here:
But the skull has big holes that always have to be filled in when you’re sculpting a face, and I have to set it in a coffee can to keep it from rolling around when I want my sculpture to have a flat back so I can hang it on the wall. My little form works really well just by attaching it to the slanted mask stand I made, but that didn’t work with the resin skull, so I needed to make a new one. It wasn’t difficult – but since I wanted to be able to create copies, I did need to make a mold. You can find the Rebound 25 brush-on silicone mold making product here.
The mannequin I have is great for masks because it’s bigger than most mask forms you can buy (they’re usually built for kids). And they do have a female form that looks like an actual human, as opposed to the Styrofoam hat stands that you find online. However, the nose and other features can get in the way when you’re doing a portrait. If you’re interested in the mannequin I have for making masks, you can find it here.
If you make one of these sculpting forms, I hope you’ll share it with us. Or if you have another great tip for sculpting portraits, we’d love to hear that, too.