The Basics of Sculpting a Doll Head
I like to start with a tin foil ball, basically the doll “brains”, and then wrap a thin layer of clay on that and bake it. This creates a “skull”, of sorts, which makes everything else easier. I put a new layer of clay over the baked ball, which you might call the “skin”, and then I get to work sculpting.
The Best Sculpting Tools
Other than my hands, the tool I contsantly use for sculpting the face, and anything else really, is my trusty wooden tool (see accompanying image below), which seems to have no name, so I just call it “My Favorite”. OOAK professionals know about the fabulousness of My Favorite, and some of them even offer it for sale. I get My Favorite from MoreZMore on eBay, she has an amazing art doll blog and she sells art doll supplies. The tool is made of acacia hardwood and is curved just right for fine detail work.
My second favorite sculpting tool is a simple scapel with a very sharp blade. And, of course, I wouldn’t get very far without the polymer clay. I’ve tried a number of different brands and have decided Prosculpt is pure awesomeness. It seems resisant to moonies and fissures, and it is super strong; the stuff is just dreamy.
A Little Clay Here and There
I like to keep a few reference photos close by as I decide where to put the eyes, nose, and lips, and I kind of draw them in with my tool. Then I add a little clay here, subtract a little clay there, and move clay here and there until I get it the way I want it. I don’t think the sculpting process is really explainable, you just have to do it again and again. So instead of explaining it, I made a little video so you can ‘look over my shoulder’ while I sculpt.