The Magic of Sculpture

Sculpture is something that I find both incredibly challenging and fascinating. I’ve seen some amazing three-dimensional sculpts that blow my mind with how impressive they look. Sometimes I don’t even understand how they’re made! Recently I stumbled on some really beautiful sculpture work by artist Emily Coleman. I love all the Studio Ghibli movies, and her sculpts of the characters are really impressive. Just look at this Totoro! I love the detail, especially on his fur and the umbrella he’s holding.

She’s also done Haku from Spirited Away. The movement of this figure is great. He really does look like he’s flying up into the clouds.

It isn’t just about the fan art though. She’s made foxes, gryphons, dragons and other fantasy creatures! They’re all very detailed and dynamic figures. I loved playing with clay when I was a kid, but I don’t remember my little figures being quite this impressive!

Fantasy fox sculpture

aviator gryphon sculpture

autumn dragon sculpture

Feeling inspired by this impressive art? Working with clay to sculpt may seem like a challenge that is just too hard to tackle. IMPACT has a few books to help! Maureen Carlson‘s books Crazy Clay CreaturesFreaky Funny Clay and Fairies Gnomes and Trolls: Create a Fantasy World in Polymer Clay have just the help you need to become a sculpting master. With these books you can learn the basics of working with clay and start to create your own monsters. They’re a great starting point for new artists.

If you’re feeling confident enough to try some of these incredible and complicated sculptures that Emily has made, she has a new book you can buy as well!

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