Animal figurine I did based on images from internet:
When I was new in clay craft few years ago, I always follow the step-by-step instructions provided by other artist to create figurine with air dry clay.
As time goes by, my modeling skill improved and nowadays designing and making my own clay figures of the animals are not a problem at all.
I am happy to share my finding and experience with you so you can design your own figurine too.
So are you going to model a lifelike animal with realistic appearance or are you going to model a cartoon style figurine?
I like cute style because the animal looks adorable this way.
You may have decided the type of the animal you are going to create but not sure about the detail.
Open your children story books and you may surprise to see there are many good animal pictures inside. Also, hobby magazines, tourist information booklets, postcards and internet are good to find information about animals.
After getting the animal picture I like, I would normally make a copy and then scribble on it to find basic geometrical shapes, simplify the shapes, pick up my clay material and start sculpting the animal.
Your figurine will look more attractive and fascinating with expression. You can create the expression by changing its position, changing facial expression or adding props.
Different-shaped eyes, eyebrows, noses, mouths and ears can change the character of your figurine.
The frog figures are modification of those in Maureen Carlson's Book, Clay Characters for Kids.
PS. When I have new page, I will add that to "more tutorial" list.