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Sculpture, Part 1, The Head E-Book By Elena Kunin

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Sculpture, Part One - The Head E-Book By Elena Kunin (E-Book Is In English)

Four (4) embeded videos, 340 photos demonstrate all the stages of sculpting. In this part I explain how to sculpt three different heads – a classical girl, an old character woman, and a sad troll – in three different ways. The heads themselves are roughly the same in terms of complexity, but the sculpting principles are different. The first head is sculptured using a classical technique, which is the most complicated. To sculpture the two other heads, I recommend techniques that will make your work much easier. All videos were shot in one take, without editing, so there are no jarring transitions from barely-sketched details to complete dolls. You will see how it’s all done in real life. Since proportions cause the greatest difficulties for beginning doll-makers (especially those who have no formal art education), I have developed a special modular system. Using this system makes working on proportions easy and clear. In addition, you will learn:

  • How to choose the most suitable material and the optimal size for your doll
  • What polymer clay is the best and how to work with it
  • How to clean the sculpture surface
  • How to make the surface of the sculpture smooth
  • How to properly bake polymer clay
  • How to bake it repeatedly
  • How to change the structure of polymer clay using different ways of baking
  • How to fix baking defects (cracks, plaques), although Living Doll almost never cracks or develops plaques if properly baked
  • How to use proportions to make a doll realistic, conventional, character-based, or grotesque
  • A particular chapter is devoted to finding and correcting mistakes in your work.

This ebook is in pdf format and you will be able to open it on any device with Adobe Acrobat Reader

Copyright 2015 - Elena Kunin/Nataliya Kunin  

All rights reserved.  This e-book or any portion thereof may not be reproduced or used in any manner without express written permission of the publisher except for brief qutations in a book review.

About The Artist 

Elena Kunin is a Master of art history and theory (Moscow State University), an artist (a member of the Russian Artists Union), a lecturer. She has worked in Moscow museums, specializing in applied art and the history of costume. Elena has been also engaged in classical painting and icon restoration.

Elena made her first dolls in 1987 and has developed on her own many techniques for working with polymer clay. The range of her work is very wide: from metaphorical creations to illustrations and portraits. Essentially what unites them all is the material from which they are made, Living Doll polymer clay. In recent years Elena has used Genesis heat set paint, which makes the painting more exquisite and at the same time more durable. 

Over the years she has taken part in many exhibitions in Europe, the United States, and Russia, and she has also held several personal exhibitions. Elena’s work can be found in museums and the finest private collections around the world, and they have often been recognized with prestigious professional awards. A large number of collectors value original and sophisticated artistic solutions in Elena’s work, its richness and its great technical quality.

In addition, for nearly 20 years now Elena has taught the art of dollmaking in various countries. She has led both academic courses (170 hours) and short courses (30 hours), as well as a variety of master classes. In 2006 Elena released the how-to book Character Dolls from Polymer Clay, which has become very popular among Russian-speaking dollmakers and artists.

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