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Sculpting a Monster Maquette | Part 1 with Jordu Schell

Sculpting a Monster Maquette | Part 1
Create Incredible Creatures from Imagination Build an armature and sculpt the major forms

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Experience the entire workflow of Hollywood creature designer Jordu Schell as he makes a monster maquette from imagination. In this lesson, you’ll learn all the materials and supplies needed to build an armature, basic clay application techniques, the importance of choosing a pose, and tips for sculpting hands, head, and tail. Jordu emphasizes the need to integrate each part of your maquette into the whole. For instance, a tail cannot simply be patched onto your maquette– it needs to match the balance of the creature’s pose, have it’s own underlying anatomy, and have structural assimilation into the creature’s back.


  • Round Wooden Base
  • 3/8″,  1/8″ and 1/16″ Aluminum Armature Wire
  • Pliers
  • Sharpie Marker
  • Electric Drill
  • Paper Towels
  • Loctite Epoxy One Minute Instant Mix
  • Oatley Epoxy Putty
  • Lazy Susan
  • Chavant NSP Medium Clay
  • Small Wood Sculpting Tools

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