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Armature Tutorial by souffle-etc Armature Tutorial by souffle-etc
SO what's going on everybody? This is my first tutorial, so I'd love feedback on it!

I've seen several tutorials here on dA for creating armatures w/ bases, but none of them show how I make an armature. Hopefully I won't lead anybody astray with this; all this information accurately captures how I make my armatures.

This tutorial is specifically for creating POLYMER clay armatures. Earth/stone clays and porcelain are much heavier, and require a different armature construction. Only refer to this tutorial if you plan on making polymer, plasticine, plastalina, modeling clay, or air dry paper clays. Otherwise, the armature will probably break from using heavier clays on it.

In this tutorial, I'm preparing to sculpt a Superman figurine, and as a result the armature is very basic. I would advocate mastery of these basic techniques before experimentation with complex armature forms.

If you have any questions, feel free to comment or note me!!
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olivia8383 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for this T.T Now I can actually start my christmas present~~
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souffle-etc Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Of course, it's my pleasure to have made it! Send me a link to the finished product, I love seeing people make any use of my tutorial!!

Your gallery is so cute, btw!
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olivia8383 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh thank you so much!! I think using that grog clay is so much easier than using sculpy ;w; And I kinda used your tutorial xD I only used the tinfoil base without the wire...for my next project I need to use the wire base and buy lots more clay T.T
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souffle-etc Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
definitely, if you have a kiln, that ceramic clay is a lot more responsive and cooperative than sculpey. I love sculpey, but I wish that I would work with real earth clay!

It sounds good! I'll keep an eye out for it!
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olivia8383 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
There is a small earth clay store that has a kiln sort of near my area that has really cheap/reasonable prices ^^!!
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VIIStar Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
it's always interesting to see the techniques other sculptors use.

the two things i could think or correct would be that the wire gauge should be chosen by what character you will be sculpting and if you use thinner wire, go with annealed steel.

also, your limb attachment should be cleaner and done with a U bend for stability. [link] has pictures. the connection should be deep in the chest and brought out to the shoulders so that the neck and shoulder area are kept clear for sculpting. (if the character is thick, it doesn't matter as much, but it's always best to build like an actual skeleton so all body shapes can be made) also, using 2 part glue on the attachment, or better yet, 2 part plumber's epoxy, is the best.

also, if the foil moves around, just glue or tape it down :3
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souffle-etc Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Those are good points! Like you said, since this is a thicker character I didn't bother with a U bend, but I might have to make a thinner, lankier character tutorial in the future to demonstrate some advanced armature techniques!

The foil moving around is more of an annoyance than a real problem, methinks haha, but yes we can just tape or glue it :)

Thank you very much for all of this great feedback!!
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VIIStar Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
no worries :la:

like I tell my students - foil - glue the crap out of it! XD!
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souffle-etc Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm definitely a bigger advocate of foil than tape or anything else!
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VIIStar Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
just wait until you use magic sculpt on steel! \(^U^)/
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