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Sculpting the Female Portrait in Clay with Eric Michael Wilson

Sculpting the Female Portrait in Clay
Learn to Sculpt the Female Portrait in Clay Eric will guide you from start to finish on sculpting a half-life female portrait

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Eric Michael Wilson
Modeling & Sculpture
Head & Portrait
Oil-Based Clay
7h 38m 8s

In this lesson, master sculptor Eric Michael Wilson demonstrates the entire process of sculpting a half-life portrait in clay. Eric will guide you through the complex and subtle subject of head sculpting covering the skull, key landmarks, major planes and structures, and much more. You will learn the full process, from creating a simple armature, to laying on the correct amount of clay, to building a simple constructive template, and finally refining the forms of the head and face while capturing a likeness of the subject.



  • Calipers
  • Measuring Tape
  • 18 x 18″ Melamine, 3/4″ Thick
  • Sculpture House Roma Plastilina Clay – No. 1
  • Electric Drill
  • 3/16″ Aluminum Wire
  • Hand Clamp or C-Clamp
  • Needle Nose Pliers
  • Kemper Wood Modeling Tools
  • Kemper Rake Tools
  • Flexible Rubber Palette
  • Small Palette Knife
  • Popsicle Sticks
  • 2″ Chip Brush
  • Kemper Stylus and Ball End Tools
  • Flexible Screens – Regular House Screen, Pet Screen and Tulle
  • Odorless Turpenoid
  • Silicoil Brush Cleaning Tank
  • Princeton Brushes

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