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February 14, 2013
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Teemo Sculpture Progression by LeiliaK Teemo Sculpture Progression by LeiliaK
I thought it might be fun to post a little step-by-step photo of how Teemo was made. :) You can see the finished sculpture here:

1: First I created a wire armature for support. This step is super important for larger sculptures, especially one that it going to be upright like Teemo. I used 16 gauge wire for this particular sculpture. Once the armature is done, I cover the bulkiest parts with tin foil. This reduces the amount of clay I need to use, and makes the sculpture lighter as well.

2: Now I start bulking out the entire sculpture with clay. I use a combination of Super Sculpey and Sculpey Firm polymer clay.

3: Here you can see where I started refining details on the face.

4: At this point most Teemo's face and body have been sculpted. I've also added fur texturing, and sculpted his pants and boots. You will also notice I chopped off his gloves as well. I didn't like the way they looked, and they were getting in the way of detailing his lower half.

5: Lots of detail work here! I've added the fluff around his neck, his telescope, flute, and the bags and maps to his back. The only thing left is his hat and hands.

6: Here Teemo has been completely sculpted. I've also done some sanding in parts that needed it, and he has been primed using Kylon gesso spray and ready for paint!

7: Now the painting is completed. For paints I use acrylic craft paint that you can find at the craft store. The main brands I use are Folk Art and Ceramcoat. I also tend to water the paint down some so that it keeps it looking smooth. It is better to paint multiple thin coats of paint than it is to paint a couple thick clumpy coats.

8: And now with the finished base! I used wood stain on the base and added a few coats of Varathane's water-based Polyurethane to make is look glossy. Model kit turf was applied using scenic cement. The mushroom was sculpted and painted along with Teemo. To protect the paint on Teemo he was sealed using Testor's Dullcote, with Varathane's added to a few parts to make them shine.

I hope this little step-by-step was helpful in some way! If you enjoy seeing my sculpting process, I would recommend dropping my by Tumblr account([link]) as I often post progress photos and answer sculpting questions there! :)

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WickedMinish Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really cute, love it

Hm maybe I'll try some sculpting sometime
LeiliaK Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! You definitely should, it is a lot of fun! :D
Thraggdrasil Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Professional Filmographer
looks suuper good, very professional.  Questions!!:

  how do you anchor your armature to your base? screws or something?


 how shaky is your model while you are workign with it, do you need to hold onto it to steady it while ur working, or is your armature rock-solid and you dont need to touch it..

 i have like 50 1/4 worked on/ finished models, and i always seem to have an unstable armature which is a total pain in the butt..

LeiliaK Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :)

I actually tend to keep my sculptures separate from the base while working on them, so that I can easily move them around to get small details and such.  At the end I attach the figure to the base using Apoxie sculpt.

I usually hold my sculptures with one hand while I am working on them(since I don't secure them to the base), so I've never noticed any issues with it being shaky.  I would make sure you are using a thick gauge wire to give some extra support to your armature.
Thraggdrasil Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Professional Filmographer
hmmm, yesss, yess.. good to know!!  It's very interesting to see (or read) how other ppl work.  thank you very much!
AnarchyWolfKira Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013
congrats on the DD!
i have a question, what do you use to sand down the sculpture, what kind of sand paper i mean, and where can it be found?
i try googling it but i keep coming up with 'Sand Sculptures' on the beach lol
LeiliaK Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you!  As far as sanding sculptures goes, I usually get sand paper kits sold at my local hobby store.  They come in small sheets that have about 5 different "grits" to them.  The sheets are flexible and reusable, and can be used wet(you want to wet sand your sculptures to avoid inhaling the dust that the clay an give off while sanding.)  This is the product that I usually use:…

I wrote a little more extensively about sanding in a tumblr post here:…

I hope that helps some! :)
sverigeundschweden Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
can i put normal clay in the oven? I mean, can I cook normal clay in a normal oven?
LeiliaK Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Again, I really don't know what clay you are referring to as "normal" clay. :) Polymer clay is the only clay that I know of that should be put in the oven, and you can use a regular kitchen oven to bake it in.
sverigeundschweden Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
anyway, thank you very much! you are very kind, I also have to say that I love your sculptures ;) they look so professional, that's the reason why I decided to ask someone like you.
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