Polymer Clay Tutorial
How to Sculpt an Old Man Face
I have been getting many requests for me to share with you the techniques and steps I use to sculpt my faces. Right now I am fascinated with old man faces. This walk through will show you how to sculpt an old man face in polymer clay.
Inspiration for my Faces
For many of you who have been around the polymer clay world for awhile, you will likely see the influence of both Dawn Schiller and Maureen Carlson in my faces. I have mentioned and reviewed both of their books here on the site: “Faemaker: Making Fantasy Characters in Polymer Clay” by Dawn Schiller [read the Top 5 Polymer Clay Books Post here] and “Fairies Gnomes and Trolls” by Maureen Carlson was our book of the month for April.
As I have been making my faces throughout the 2016 year, I have come to quickly understand what I like my faces to look like, which features are the most prominent, and the general “look” of the face … what polymer clay artists call their “voice.” [Read last week’s Polymer Clay Challenge post to hear more about my “voice” in my faces.]
How to Sculpt An Old Man Face
Please Note: these are my own steps and techniques that I use every time I make a face. Learning how to sculpt an old man face takes time and patience, but can be done pretty easily. Many artists start their faces and have a different “step” process. There is no right or wrong way to sculpt a face; the right way is whatever works for you. You can use any amount of clay that you would like depending on how big you want the face to be..
TIP: I like to blend my seams after every step. Although not written below, please blend seams after every new facial feature added.
- If you need a great skin color recipe, try my favorite, Luminescent Skin.
- Draw a “cross” on your face where you want your center facial line and eyes. You can also add a line for the mouth, but since I like more expressive lips, I have found it’s better to do that later.
- Add the eyes (beads) at the end of the cross bar.
- Add eyelids.
- Draw a line for the mouth to follow.
- Add the bottom lip place the top lip on after.
- Add adorable fat and full cheeks that look like the are a little droopy.
- Add a nose, nostrils and a forehead bridge directly above the eye.
- Reform the lips if they were bumped out of proportion. Add eye details (lids &/or bags).
- Add ears in whatever shape & style you prefer.
- Use chalk powders to add some red flush to the cheeks, nose, and forehead.
- Bake at your recommended clay brands temperature, snuggled in tissue wads for support, for 60 minutes.
Looking for a more detailed tutorial? Try this one.
When you are done baking your face, it’s time to add the paint details.
- Add pupils and eye “glints” to your face.
- Use the dry brush painting technique to add brown paint into the crevices, cracks, and wrinkles in his face to add depth and shadow.
- Roses up the cheeks with a dry brush of either acrylic or oil paint (my preference).
- Add age spots if you’d like as well.
- Stand back and admire your awesome work.
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