For one of my upcoming looks (Dragon Slayer) I’d had this idea in my head of having a dragon skull resting on the end of a sword, I’d already decided to to paint a large background for that tutorial so a little dragon skull wouldn’t be so hard…right?
It ended up taking around 4 days to make and I have to figure out a new way of making a mold because I nearly broke the final piece several times from trying to get it off the base, that was till I accidentally knocked it off the table and it snapped in half :(
What I used:
- Children’s Modeling Clay
- Cake Decoration sculpting tools
- Liquid Latex
- Talk powder
- Fimo Air Light Air-Drying Modelling Clay
- Air Brushing on a mixture of brown ink and water to “age” smokey jr.
First thing I did was make the “base”, a rough mold of what I wanted the skull to look like. I didn’t want to go for the chunky heavy looking skull that a dragon would have in Western art, rather I decided to go for something that looked like a cross between a reptile/crocodile and an Asian art dragon with a long thin snout and long thin teeth.
Once I had made the base I covered it in about 3 coats of latex so that once it had dried it would create a protective layer between the Fimo Air clay and the modeling clay, making it less likely to stick to it.
While it did make it easier to remove it wasn’t easy to get the clay off once I had sculpted the final skull on top. What I ended up doing was cutting it out one section at a time so than I didn’t break anything, got to find out a better way to do that…
One thing that occurred to me that once I’d finished making it was that I could have taken a stipple sponge over the whole thing to add a bit of texture instead of smoothing it down a bit by blending it with water and my fingers, but hey, lesson learned for next time :)
Here is my video showing what I did:
And at the end of this tutorial I’ve also included a rough draft of how I want the intro clip that I made this skull for to look like.