I recieved a lot of questions after the last post asking how to sculpt hair. I am in fact the son of a hairdresser, and like the old saying goes about the mechanics car always being broken – my car is broken.
My experimentation with sculpting hair all began with this commissioned piece below. It’s based on the main character from the video game Stranger’s Wrath. Stranger, is one of many incredibly inventive creatures created by Oddworld Inhabitants. It seemed to take forever to make as I tried to perfect the look of the hair.
I shall demonstrate my process on an unfinished piece.
I’m going to give the lizard below long hair and mutton chops, so you can see that the same technique can be used for all different lengths of hair. I start off by guesstimating the general area where the thickest part of the hair will be, and stick large bits of clay onto that area. I secure it by mashing lines into the clay at the hair’s root.
Continue marking slashes into the clay until there are no smooth areas as the image to the left demonstrates.
You then want to roll little sausages out of clay and strategically place them to cover edges and any problem areas of the previously laid clay. As before, cover these sausages with slashes so no smooth areas are visible.
Next, take an old brush and coat the clay with turpenoid. As you can see in the picture, turpenoid is a brush cleaner and you can use it or rubbing alcohol to soften the outer layer of the clay. This step is used to blend the effects of your previous steps together. Any little bits of loose clay will melt in creating wonderfully irregular lines.
If at this point you are unsatisfied with the look of the hair you can slash in more lines with your pointy tool. You just don’t want it to end up looking like a uniformed helmet. Leave it uneven and remember that real hair tends to clump together here and there.
Looking at it now, I felt that the hair seemed too flat, so I simply went back and repeated the last few steps: I added more sausages, slashed lines into them and smoothed it over slightly with turpenoid.
As a finishing touch, I make just a few very thin sausages out of the clay to put a couple little curls or whisps in the hair. To set the whisps in, brush it just a few times with the turpenoid and it’s ready to bake!
Thanks for reading! If you have any additional question, don’t hesitate to ask.