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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft; First Printing edition (April 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823015033
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823015030
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (194 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

Elvenwork Press published "Creating Life-Like Figures in Polymer Clay" by Katherine Dewey to the very highest quality standards, employing the best production talent there is. Our world-class author deserved nothing less. We are very proud to present the work of a highly respected artist, author, and teacher in a way that clearly shows her every move and we are thankful for the high praise both author and publisher have already received. If you have a drive to create beauty and form from a lump of clay, we know you will treasure "Creating Figures" as much as we do. [produced entirely in the USA] --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

You hold in your hands a magical book, your guide to a realm where anyone can learn to sculpt. Katherine Dewey entered this remarkable world years ago. Her expressive and elegantly detailed sculptures enchant all who see them. With the magical medium of polymer clay and this book, you can follow in her footsteps. Easy-to-read maps of the figure illustrate the landmarks of the body. Scale diagrams indicate the simple shapes hidden within the human form. Thorough instructions describe how to model these shapes and how to combine them. Practical and intuitive steps lead the way to creating strong, realistic and expressive figures. Welcome to Katherine Dewey's world, where magic happens. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I HIGHLY recommend this book for beginners.
Patricia D. Dobry
This book is very detailed and has great pictures that make the step by step instructions even easier to follow.
L. Dombrowsky
If you want to learn how to sculpt realistic human figures, this is the book you want!
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116 of 118 people found the following review helpful By Katherine Canuel on August 3, 2008
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I feel like I got a college textbook and not a craft book. I say that with absolutely positive feelings! I mean, if this were some college course, the book would have been $75.00 and I'd feel like I'd finally gotten a book I was going to keep.

I couldn't even describe how detailed this book is. I feel like I can actually do this figure thing. I mean, every step is laid out for you. Every SINGLE step. There is nothing left to the imagination, no question left unanswered. I mean, there are instructions within instructions within variations of instructions... How to sculpt different ethnic groups, the male figure, the female figure, the musculature, the hands--how to make your own eyeballs, for heaven's sake! Katherine Dewey shows that you can make every single tool you'll use, which I still haven't done yet, but need to do since I think most of her handmade tools are better than the ones I could buy.

I don't think I could really adequately express my excitement over having this book. I have so desired for so long to be able to sculpt figures that were beautiful and believable, and I feel like I can finally do it!
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83 of 86 people found the following review helpful By luv2read on June 20, 2009
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Creating Lifelike Figures in Polymer Clay is one of the best how-to sculpting books I've ever read.

Chapter 1 covers the various polymer clays available, how to work with the clay, safety considerations, and includes formulas to blend colors for various ethnic skin tones.

Chapter 2 describes working with basic shapes and Ms Dewey's technique of modelling units, which is to roll out a log shape of clay at a certain thickness and cut off units of equal lengths. A great technique for a beginner to ensure equal amounts of clay are used. Who wants two disproportionate arms or legs simply because you eyeballed how much clay to use?

Chapter 3 covers making your own tools with the clay. If you are a novice who has never used polymer clay, this chapter gets you familiar with the feel, texture, and baking methods needed as you sculpt your figures.

Chapters 4-7 cover the modelling of the figure from face, torso, arms, and legs. In the face chapter, Ms Dewey shows you how to model a basic face but doesn't just move on from there; she expounds on it. She shows you how to sculpt the differences of gender. She shows how to sculpt ethnic faces. She shows you how to add expression to your figure with the shift of the clay here or there. She shows you how to add age to your character.

Similarly with the torso chapter, she shows you how to sculpt the male torso and the female variation. She also gives you techniques for sculpting the "heroic" or well-muscled male torso as well as adding realistic "fat" pads for the overweight figure.

Her arms and legs chapter are very detailed and you do get the development of the "heroic" arms and legs if you want to pursue that type of figure.

Chapter 8 details how to sculpt in smaller scales.
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Sunnie on April 15, 2004
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Begining and professional doll and figure makers will find this book an excellent resource. The entire process used by this artist is diagramed and photographed in detail.
The beginner will find everything from buying, finding, and making the most useful tools, through how much clay will be used in a sculpt. Instructions are laid out in clear, clean, methodical steps that can be used as a lesson plan for learning ever more complex techniques.
The experienced artist will be grateful to have so many techniques outlined in one book. No matter how long you have been making figures, you will find something in this book that will make your work easier, more fun, or help you produce a more professional figure. An excellent book; it belongs in every dimensional artists' library.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Patricia D. Dobry on April 14, 2005
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I always wanted to work with clay and I searched for books that could help me with a step by step instructions, this book is it. I HIGHLY recommend this book for beginners. This book has helped me tremendously. I have both of her books. To see samples of her work she has a web page under her name.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Mr Sir on August 29, 2005
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Based on her years of experience and her artistic know-how, Katherine Dewey has created an invaluable resource for beginners as well as the more experienced polymer artist, for creating realistic human figures. Artists are generally visual learners; we need visual aids rather than drab encyclopaedic instructions, and Katherine Dewey gives us the perfect balance of informative text with, most importantly, informative photos and illustrations, breaking down the human figure into individual, manageable parts. Also, she shares her methods for creating practical tools, sturdy armatures, eyeballs, hair, teeth, clothes, wrinkles, facial expressions, ethnic differences, and more. I have not seen a more useful guide.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Barbara J. Kemp on May 25, 2008
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I wanted a book that best described on making poly dolls that were very lifelike. This book explains this very easily with excellent step by step directions and photography. I recommend this to anybody who is learning or wants to learn polymer clay doll making.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Lara A. Pape on August 28, 2004
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This is a great book by Katherine Dewey, definately an improvement on her first and I can't wait to get into trying the models in her book.

It would be most helpful to anyone with a basic knowledge in art, sculpting and polymer clay, but anyone will benefit from reading and practicing.

I love Katherines sculptures, she's a talented lady and the right person to be producing a book like this.
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