Side Project: Sculpting A Toy / by john cheng

Initial thumbnail sketch of the figure.

Sculpting and making toys is something that I've always enjoyed doing, but do not consider as one of my strong suits. I have been wanting to sculpt this caricature of myself for a while and do resin castings of it.

Finally last night, I got tired of wishing and decided to take action instead and began sculpting for the first time in a long while. The unfortunate part of the process last night was not being able to find my old sculpting tools. I stored them away somewhere and have yet to find them. Instead I used some Niji wood carving tools and the handle of a tiny paint brush.

The tiny armature wire frame that I used as his skeleton.

So far he is able to stand on his own, but I haven't even added in his cowlick hair. I'm definitely worried about the overall balance of the figure and have a lot of room to fail still, but it should be a fun process none the less. Wish me luck!

I'll post more images as this project moves forward. Be sure to follow my instagram @johnengcheng if you want to see more process photos not only of this project, but other ones as well.

I hot glued the wire to a wooden base so that I could build up the clay slowly and easily remove it later on.

I hot glued the wire to a wooden base so that I could build up the clay slowly and easily remove it later on.

The majority of the body is built up here.

The majority of the body is built up here.

His ears and eyes were added. Still a long way to go!

His ears and eyes were added. Still a long way to go!