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Modeling the Portrait in Clay Part 5: Forehead & Hairline with David Simon

Modeling the Portrait in Clay Part 5: Forehead & Hairline
You’re at the mid-way point! Learn to define the forehead and the hairline

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David Simon
Modeling & Sculpture
Head & Portrait
Oil-Based Clay
2h 40m 13s
Modeling the Portrait in Clay

Join internationally acclaimed artist, David Simon, as he teaches you his approach to modeling a three-quarter life-size portrait in clay.

You will learn how to build your armature, take measurements of your model, block-in the facial features, hair, and neck, and how to build relationships between them. David will also cover the materials and tools he uses, and demonstrate his finishing techniques.

This course is a comprehensive representation of the sculpting process from a few blocks of clay, a pipe, and a wire, to a finished portrait. 

Now that we’ve reached the mid-way point, David starts this lesson by comparing the sculpture with the model again and identifying the new problem areas. He works on the forehead and the hairline and adds volume to the back of the head. In the last part of the lesson, David focuses on the left side of the face.

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