Sculpting Help
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Sculpting Help

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I have just started customizing and I need help in sculpting certain stuff. Is there a book or a tutorial out there that can help?

For example, I wanted to copy the hulk's ripped pants effect on another figure.

Any help will be appreciated

Posted by cogmandino
on Monday, June 6, 2011
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Automatauntaun -
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
This is a link to a folder I have full of FAQ's in google docs. I made it public so anyone should be abule to view it. if you can't please let me know I will be adding to it as time goes on as I am always finding something useful. Also I try to give credit to when I can but some of these were just in google searches and I could not identify them. others have water marks so I felt it unnecessary to credit since it is obviously NOT ME. please keep that in mind when viewing this NONE OF THESE ARE MINE!
cogmandino -
Monday, June 13, 2011
check out betterworldbooks they have the book!! They have a lot of new copies so get them now!!!
OneUpMario -
Monday, June 13, 2011
You can find it on online books stores like booksamillion and amazon (seem to be the cheapest I can find for me). I got mine from bamm.com brand new.
OneUpMario -
Monday, June 13, 2011
Hey guys. I'm replying to the guys curious about the Pop Sculpture book.

It is a great book to show the process of how to create action figures like the pro's. The book doesn't elaborate on a lot of sculpting techniques. It mainly brushes the importance of using armatures, bases, molding, pressure pots, resin, create joints, painting, etc and gives multiple tips from professionals.

I would NOT recommend the book as a good source to learning how to sculpt. But it sure is a great book to have for customizing!!!
cogmandino -
Friday, June 10, 2011
Where do you get that book? Looks cool!!
pock63 -
Friday, June 10, 2011
That book looks pretty cool! I just checked my local bookstores and library and none of them have it.
Automatauntaun -
Friday, June 10, 2011
I keep meaning to look at the video thread. I have stuff I wanna add /do. I think it was a great idea to have instructional vids. I love them. I watch to many. But I will dude.
mega_star_andro -
Thursday, June 9, 2011
I do a little bit of sculpting on my video tutorial, check it out, I guess a book would be helpful for sculpting from scratch instead of just adding bits here and there like I usually do
Automatauntaun -
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Yeah I didn't get the book but it had scanned in bits on scratch building frames and such.
He also sent like crap loads of how to sculpt hair techniques and the like. I really just started sculpting too.
But watching tutorials on line never hurt:] just search on YouTube.
And thanks bob. That book just went into my to buy list!
Again once I find those PDFs in my google docs I'll put them up here for you.
mega_star_andro -
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Wow, never thot to look for a book on "how-to" sculpt, lol, I just started doin it one day...
Patraw -
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
I haven't read it myself, but this book likely has a lot of valuable information on sculpting toys:
Finn Varra -
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
"Babes, Beasts and Brawn: Sculpture of the Fantastic." is probably the book you're talking about. I recall he mentioned it in an old thread about joint making.
Automatauntaun -
Monday, June 6, 2011
I was looking for a PDF mister green skin sent me long ago. It had the name of a book that was
Amazing. It'll take me a day or two but when infind it I'll post it here. I wish that guy would come back...
He was the bees knees. And a plethora of knowledge.
cogmandino -
Monday, June 6, 2011
Thanks guys!! I appreciate your help!
Patraw -
Monday, June 6, 2011
There are a great many books on sculpting out there--if you're using polymer clay (Super Sculpey, Fimo, etc.), I'd recommend the artist Katherine Dewey's how-to books. While she doesn't make action figures, there's a lot of good tips/techniques in them, including how to make clothing.

As far as something more immediate, I'd recommend rolling out a very thin sheet of your modeling compound, wrapping it around your figure's legs, and then ripping/tearing/distressing it and adding wrinkles/folds/textures as you see fit to get the look you want.
pock63 -
Monday, June 6, 2011
First thing you should do is check out all the great tutorials! http://www.figurerealm.com/viewcustomtutorial.php
If you still have questions after that always feel free to ask on here. For the ripped pants affect ad sculpt liberally to the arias where you want to have rips. Then cut away the parts you don't want leaving jagged edges.
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