Shop Mobile More Submit  Join Login


Submitted on
February 14, 2013
Image Size
2.6 MB
Submitted with


5,958 (9 today)
137 (who?)
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! :)

Etsy Shop: [link] Commission Info: [link] Twitter: [link] Tumblr: [link]
Add a Comment:
cherskelle Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
He looks so cute; very well done! The details and textures really add to the piece!

And would you mind if I asked you a question about sculpting? If you don't want to answer it, you can just ignore it!
Is it absolutely necessary to prime the sculpture before you paint it? What difference is there between a primed and a not primed sculpture for the final product?
I tried Googling it but I couldn't find anything that I wanted to find out. Thank you for your time!
LeiliaK Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much! :) 

As far as primer goes, I highly recommend it. It will make a huge difference in the ease of painting your piece. Primer serves several functions. The main thing primer does is create a surface that sort of "grips" the paint, making paint application much easier. It also adds some strength to your sculpture, as well as makes the paint coat less likely to chip off.

If you are working with polymer clay, you do need to be cautious about the type of primer you use. Certain types of spray primers can react with the clay and become sticky or tacky. Always test new primers before you use them on a full sculpture. I have good success with Krylon Colormaster Primer, it is the primer that I use on all my pieces.
cherskelle Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014
No problems; you are a very talented sculptor!

Thank you for all the information, it helps a lot!
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! :)
Add a Comment: