A Quick Guide to Sculpting Chibi Boy Figures with Air Dry Clay

This chapter highlights the use of air dry clay in sculpting chibi boy figures, explicitly emphasizing the head-to-body ratio characteristics and sculpting of chibi figures. The anthropomorphized male cat in this example stands at the height of three heads, with his head, torso, and legs measuring nearly the same length.
During sculpting, you can take measurements to ensure his head-to-body ratio is correct by auxiliary lines on the cutting mat.
Next, prepare your materials and tools and let's sculpt a chibi boy figure!

List of Materials & Tools Required

Sculpting Tools

Face mold, craft scissors, detail needle, modeling ball tools, pressure plate, carving modeling tool, rolling pin, blade, circle cutting tool, plastic sculpting tools, B-7000 glue, carving knife, egg shaped auxiliary.

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Coloring Tools

Acrylic paint, acrylic paint brush, pastel set, eyeshadow brush, pencil, eraser, memo pads.

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Clay

XGB air dry clay (blue, red, white, and skin)

Mix blue and red clay in different proportions to create dark blue and dark red clay.

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Main Part of Sculpture

Sculpting the Face

1. Begin by obtaining a chibi face mold and kneading a suitable color of clay into a spherical shape. Press the clay into the mold and gently push it upward with your thumb while leaving a bit of clay at the edges. Hold onto the reserved clay and carefully pull the clay out of the mold.

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2. Trim away any excess clay, and voila! Your figure now has a super adorable face.

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Sculpting the Legs

1. Mix a bit of red clay with blue clay to create a deep shade of blue. Begin by kneading the clay into a round shape, then roll it into a long cylinder. Pay attention to the shape of the cylinder, making sure that both ends are smaller than the middle.

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2. Using your right thumb, support the middle of the cylinder while pressing down on both ends with your fingers to create a basic leg shape. Then, use your thumb and forefinger to flatten the sides and top of the hips.

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3. Push the clay upward from the bottom of the hips using your thumb, and then pinch the sides of the hips inward towards the middle using your index finger and thumb to create the shape shown in the picture.

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4. Measure the length of the legs to be six units using the ruler on the mat, then trim any excess clay at the bottom of the pants before aligning the legs using the pressure plate.

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5. Use a detail needle to press out the wrinkles on the pants. Use the pointed end of the detail needle to press the wrinkles on the crotch of the pants, spreading from the inside out. Use the rounded end of the detail needle to press the wrinkles on the legs of the pants, moving in one direction from the outside to the inside.

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6. Take some deep blue clay and roll it into a long strip, then flatten it out. Cut one end at a slanted angle and attach it to the zipper.

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7. Take some white clay and roll it into a long strip that matches the size of the pant leg. Then, fold one end at a 90-degree angle to create the basic shape of a tall boot.

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8. Gently rub the shoe vamp back and forth to spread the material evenly. Then, use your thumb to streamline the shoe back and flatten the sole.

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9. Measure the thickness from the sole to the highest point of the shoe upper using the grid on the cutting mat. The thickness should be equal to the height of one grid. Trim off any excess material from the shoe vamp and use a modeling ball tool to press a circular groove into the shoe mouth.

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10. Roll out a thin sheet of white clay and use a blade to cut it into long strips.

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11. Begin at the center point of the back side of the vamp and wrap the white strips around in a circle.

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12. Once again, use a modeling ball tool to press down on the shoe opening and trim off any excess material according to the length of the boots. Measure the length of his legs and boots by using the ruler on the cutting mat, ensuring that the total length is seven units.

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Sculpting the Body

1. Take the skin clay and roll it into a spherical shape, then shape it into a droplet form. Place it in the center of your palm and flatten it with the palm of your hand.

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2. Pinch the pointed end of the clay between your fingers and roll it into a cylindrical shape to form the neck. Pinch the torso on both sides with your fingers and squeeze towards the middle, then adjust to achieve the desired waist shape.

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3. Slowly adjust the curve of the neck and shoulders with your fingers, press down on the position of the waist indentation, and trim off any excess clay from the torso based on the length of the head.

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4. Use your fingers to adjust the curve of the front chest and back of the torso.

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Tips: The proportion of a chibi boy figure with a height of 3 heads.

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This boy in chibi style has a body proportion of 3 heads in height, with the head, torso, and legs being roughly equal in length. When I created it, I slightly lengthened the legs and shortened the torso, but the overall proportion is still that of a 3-head-tall figure. During the sculpting process, you can use the auxiliary lines on the mat to measure their length.

Sculpting the Clothing

Sculpting the Coat

1. Splice the torso and legs together and rub your thumbs into the waist of the pants to make the torso stick together.

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2. Take the deep blue clay and roll it into a long cylinder, then flatten it into thin sheets that are wider than seven units and twice as long as they are wide.

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3. Using a blade, neatly cut one end of the slice, then employ the blade and a circular cutting tool to produce a triangle and an arc-shaped cut-out.

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4. Center the triangular cut-out at the front neck of the figure, align the arc-shaped cut-out at the back neck of the figure, and affix the slice onto the figure's torso.

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5. Gently pressing the indigo clay wafers that conform to the edges of the torso together, trimming away any excess clay creates the preliminary form of the snug-fitting shirt.

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6. Use a plastic clay sculpting tool to pick up the clay sheet a bit, then use a detail stick to press the folds in one direction on the waist side.

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7. Press down and compact the other side of the shirt's clay wafer, then trim away any excess material. Create clothing creases on the back by pinching the clay, and refine the seams with your fingers and an embossing tool.

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8. Cut a rectangular sheet from the deep blue clay sheet, then bend the blade to slice out a curved notch. Apply the resulting shape to the collar, as shown in the illustration.

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9. Cut a triangular notch out of the collar and smooth it out with a tool.

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10. Once you have the collar done, use a clay tool to align the neckline and press a straight line down the front of the blouse for the zipper line.

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Sculpting the Patterns

1. Cut the clay into thin white strips, cut the ends of the strips diagonally, and center the strips on the chest of the chibi boy figure.

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2. Aligning the mitered corners again, cut the long strip at an oblique angle with a carving knife from the front chest around the shoulders to the back.

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3. Repeat the movement, wrapping the long white strip back around the front where it started, and aligning it at an oblique angle each time.

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4. Use the remaining long strips to create a pattern and attach the pattern to his stomach.

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5. Roll the deep blue clay into a slender strip and affix it to the zipper of the garment, then cut a triangle from the deep blue film to serve as the zipper pull.

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6. Roll dark blue clay into long strips and cut it in half, then use a tool to press round notches into the cuffs.

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7. Adjust the sleeve cuffs with a tool, retrieve the completed torso, and compare its length to that of the arm. Then, use a tool to press some creases at the elbow for a more refined look.

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8. Align the finished arm with the shoulder and affix it in place. You can now pose the arm in any desired position.

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9. Align the finished stripes decoration with the shoulders and affix them onto the sleeves. The patchwork stripes at the cuffs can be rolled inward (Guide to Joining Clay Sheets: 6 Easy Steps with Step-by-Step Pictures)

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10. Trim off the excess clay and use a tool to press the ends of the pattern inward, creating a wrapping effect for the pattern.

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Sculpting the Hands

You can also click on this blog(Guide To Sculpting Chibi Hands With Clay: 4 Easy Steps) as an addition to the content.

1. Roll skin clay into long strips, flatten one end with a thumb punch or detail needle, and the beginnings of a palm are created.

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2. Use the rounded end of the detail needle to press the palm area and then cut out the shape of the thumb.

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3. Use the tool to adjust the roundness of the thumb and then cut the fingertips round. Use the tool to press out the remaining fingers.

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4. Cut away the excess clay and attach the little hands to the cuffs.

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Sculpting the Head

Drawing the Face

1. First, use a pencil to sketch the features, then apply a dark red pigment on the left eye area, ensuring the color is evenly spread while painting.

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2. Paint the whites of the eyes flat with white paint, leaving the eye portion white.

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3. Use black pigment to outline the eye line and eyeball contour.

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4. Use gray pigment to paint the shadows on the sclera.

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5. One eyeball is purple, and the other one is green.

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6. Paint the pupils, double eyelids, and eyebrows with black pigment.

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7. Dip an eyeshadow brush into red eyeshadow and apply it onto the cheeks as a blush.

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8. Apply highlights on the eyeballs using white color.

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Sculpting the Hair

1. Hollow out the neck with a circle cutting tool, take white clay, and roll it into a hemisphere.

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2. Fit his face on the white clay hemisphere.

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3. Using a pressure plate, roll some dark red clay into a long strip. Then flatten it, making the center of the clay piece thick and the edges thin.

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4. Divide the hair extensions into sections, cut them into small strands, and start attaching them from the back of the head.

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5. Then, use a plastic clay sculpting tool to eliminate hair marks, press the hair piece with your thumb to adjust its position, and trim off any excess clay.

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6. Cut out white hair pieces, paste and press the hairline with the same method, and stick white and reddish-brown hair pieces together in the middle.

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7. Roll the skin clay into a ball, then flatten it.

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8. Use a plastic clay sculpting tool to cut the round clay piece in half, then sculpt a circular indentation in it with a round tip detail needle.

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9. Align the left and right ears up and down with the upper eyelid and nose position and stick to the sides of the face.

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10. First, roll the red clay into long strips, then shape one end into a point. Flatten the clay with a press board, ensuring that the center is thicker than the edges. Use a scoring tool on the thin section to create hair strands.

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11. According to the indentation, cut out the hairpiece with scissors, align it with the center line, stick the hairpiece on the top of the head, and then use a plastic clay sculpting tool to press out the hairline.

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12. Continue to stick hair extensions towards the edges; the origin of the extensions should be at the top of the head. Do not leave gaps while sticking the extensions; make sure they are tightly attached.

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13. Prepare a roughly split hairpiece on the left and right, and stick it to the temple area.

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14. Cut another piece of hair extension that is slightly wider and stick it onto the temple hair piece, pressing it down.

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15. Stick a hairpiece in the gap between the back of the head and the swept-back hair, ensuring the starting point is on the center parting line.

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16. Place the film on the egg-shaped auxiliary, create a curve with the film, and then use a plastic clay sculpting tool to group and press out the hair strands. Cut out the film according to the crease.

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17. Align the center line and stick the bangs.

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18. Create white hair pieces, starting from the centerline and sticking them towards the edges.

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19. Comparing the position of the ears, attach the hairpiece and the hairpiece on the back of the head is attached.

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20. First, stick the sideburns in place on the ear position, then continue to attach the hair extensions.

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21. Place the white hair clip on his forehead, ending at the middle of his head. When attaching it to his bangs, avoid covering his eyes.

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22. Apply a piece of red bangs to the gap, avoiding the eyes.

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23. Bend the blade, sculpt thin julienne cuts on the red sheet, and attach it to the centre of the head.

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24. Roll the red clay into a ball, then cut it into an oval shape, and adjust the oval shape to create a short, flipped hairstyle.

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25. Using the same method, apply the short white hair raised and the chibi boy's hair is done.

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Characteristics of Sculpting Cats

Sculpting Cat's Ears

1. Take white clay and shape it into a long cylindrical form. Then, use a pressure plate to flatten it into an oval-shaped disk.

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2. Cut the ellipse in half with a plastic clay sculpting tool and press a line in the middle of the ear with the side of the scoring board.

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3. Trim the shape of the ear and cut out a pointy corner.

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4. In the inner side of the ear, draw in red. The first layer is skin color; the second is red; the third is dark red.

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5. Using B-7000 glue, fix the ears on both sides of the head, making sure they are aligned.

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Sculpting a Cat's Tail

1. Take white clay and roll it into a long strip using a pressure plate. Then, bend it into a curve to sculpt a cat tail. After the tail is dry, please attach it to the backside of the chibi boy to complete the creation of a cat-like little boy.

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Summary

Alright, this is the end of this chapter. This chapter shows you how to use different clay sculpting tools and uses detailed pictures to teach you how to sculpt a chibi figure in air dry clay step by step.


As this tutorial is for beginners, we paid attention to the details of each step, so this chapter is longer, and most of the tools we used in this chapter can be purchased in our online store. I hope this will help you to sculpt your favourite clay figures.


If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below. We also welcome you to share your process and progress here, and I'm sure you'll get the hang of sculpting chibi figures in no time.
Next, we will sculpt a cute chibi girl step by step; hurry up and join me in the next chapter of our exploration!

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