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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