I've been looking at all of your beautiful sculpts with envy and decided to give it a go.
Below is my 1st attempt at a physical sculpture. I'm a visual effects artist so I have dabbled with zBrush before but never with real clay/wax etc, so this was a real eye-opener for me and so many tools that I've used in zBrush make more sense now
For my first sculpt I didn't want to attempt a full on finished sculpt so I decided to do an anatomy study. It took 2 evenings, and I could definitely carry on with it and refine and improve it, but I think I will learn more by moving onto a full figure, or at least a full torso now. Only doing half the torso made it harder I feel.
I learnt a lot about making the armature and would do it differently if I had to do it again. I also found the super sculpey to be a little soft for my liking so I've ordered some firm to mix in for the future.
I'm going to attempt to bake it this evening. Not so much because I want to keep it, but more so that I've tried that part of the process too. I'm planning on baking it like this:
"225 degrees for three hours, turn the oven down to the minimum- 170 degrees on most ovens, bake for another three hours, shut the oven off and leave the sculpt to cool overnight."
Does that sound about right?
Please give me any crits you may have, it's the best way for me to learn