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IF YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT SOMETHING IS, TRY GOOGLE.
Clay used: Super Sculpey, Firm Sculpey, Epoxy.
Armature: steel wire in various gauges. tooling foil, K&S square and round brass tubes and stainless tubes - kitkraft.com is a good place to look for the brass.
Cork: various sizes, round, agglomerated widgetco.com. Gotta pimp my source.
Smoothed: Smooth wood tools, fingers, 99% isopropyl alcohol, sandpaper, white modelers putty (filler), thick primer, soft brushes to paint.
Paint: Krylon primer flat white spray and Golden Acrylics.
Finished: matte - satin - gloss canned polyurethane (water based - not a spray), plastic rods www.tapplastics.com/. Wood plaques as bases.
Examples are here: viistar.deviantart.com/gallery…
90% of all questions(the 'Brand of the Thing' questions) are answered by reading the FAQ ABOVE.
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I'm certain there are other artists out there that have written books/tutorials that can get you what you need. There is really no difference between me and other sculptors when it comes to basic techniques for beginners. :]
I mean if they're insecure about me answering a paid question, then why would they trust me to write a book or tutorials? I think there is truth in that no matter what I charged for a question, no one values the information enough to pay for it. The moment I charged anything to answer their questions suddenly google was more appealing.
I thought about making pdf tutorials, but knowing that people would just buy one and then spread it around for free kinda shot that down. I just don't see a positive on my end for doing all that work. I'm content just being an artist, so without any real interest I'll just stick with how I'm doing now.
Also I love your art it makes me want to do sculpture again!~
And it's definitely meant to be access to and help from a professional, rather than the 'what brand of x do you use' questions ^^
True true! Such an ingenious way to word and implement this system! OwOb
There's this strong vibe now that just because an artist is online that they want to be a tutor too. I kind of blame patreon and sites like it for making an environment where artists are expected 24/7 to cater to hobbyists and not just clients - where recently I've been told to write a book or produce tutorials so. many. times. As if they just poof into existence with no time or effort by me, who would in the end be shouldering all of the time and cost of creating such things. To be expected to produce all of my knowledge into an ever cheaper consumable, because to them that knowledge really has no value. The idea that my own techniques, materials knowledge, and experiments are valuable to me because they set me apart from other artists and competitors doesn't seem to register at all... even though after absorbing it, you could go on to sell your own work and make money (without the effort, time, or cost of the learning that generated those techniques in the first place).
Now that I write it out it sounds bitter, but in the end I just want to be an artist. I've done my time teaching after grad school, and I started sculpting so late in my life that now all I want to do is make work ^u^
It sounds like it came from your heart and honestly too. I don't think it sounds bitter, just what you feel on the inside. You can read a sentence but hear none of the emotion from the human behind the screen in which it was written. Each person has their own way of putting their emotion into the words on paper (or this case screen) that you have no control over.
You taught sculpting? That's so neat! You sound like you're calling yourself old when you said "Sculpting so late in my life". Your life is not defined by years, it's just cut short with them. That's how I look at it anyway : )
Hope this achieves your goal of avoiding overfloat of questions
And I'm not sure If I already asked you this....some day, but have you thought of writing a book? I'd really buy it XD
Just something to think about - I love your work but in these financially hard times I would not use this service for a 'single' question.
Keep up the amazing work my friend!