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Very detailed, and then...
on January 22, 2011
This book is a good example of the gap that exists between "I know how to do this" and "I know how to show other people how to do this."
The instructions for making the dolls start off wonderfully detailed. They are very precise about what color of clay to use, what size balls to start with, what shapes to mold, where to place the shapes. I had no trouble getting my versions to look exactly like the ones in the book, up to the point where the shapes were laid onto the head. Then in the next picture, the head had been completely transformed from basic shapes to fully rendered face, with the only instruction being "smooth and shape the features". Where are the detailed instructions of how to do that, exactly?
That said, I did learn a lot from this book about the basics of sculpting a face. Unfortunately, I had to learn the rest through trial and error. "Smooth and shape" and "add details" are not sufficient instructions to give someone who does not know how to sculpt, and let's face it, if I knew how to sculpt, I would not be buying books on the subject.
When I do master this skill, through much more trial and error, I plan on writing a "How to" book that actually shows a novice, in excruciating detail, how to do it. Better to have a book that uses it pages to show you exactly how to make one figure than a book like this one that kind of sort of shows you how to make dozens.