After the previous chapters of study and practice, I believe you have mastered how to sculpt chibi figures with air dry clay, but in the world of clay art, mastering the sculpting of chibi figures is only the most basic. If you'd like to continue exploring in-depth, we hope our free advanced tutorials will be helpful!

This chapter teaches you how to sculpt little scale anime figures with air dry clay. The prototype of the character is a cute high school girl, this character is about five heads tall.

The chibi figures are different in that the scale figures are larger, and the details of the characters tend to be more complex, so the sculpture will be more difficult; you can learn the main points of sculpting a five head figure and sculpting the skirt folds with a sense of movement, as long as you have mastered these skills, you will find clay craft is fascinating, I bet you will be immersed in the clay world you created.

Let's explore the world of clay together!

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List of Materials & Tools Required

Sculpting Tools

6.0.1 Sculpting Tools
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Face mold, craft scissors, detail needle, modeling ball tools, pressure plate, carving modeling tool, rolling pin, blade, circle cutting tool, mini round cutting tool, plastic sculpting tools, carving knife, egg-shaped auxiliary.

Skeleton & Support

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Copper wire.

Coloring Tools

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

Clay & Color Mixing

XGB air dry clay (white, blue, red, flesh tone, black, yellow, and brown)

  • dark grey clay made by mixing white, black, and brown clay;
  • dark blue clay made by mixing blue and red clay.
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Main Part of Sculpture

Sculpting the Face

1. Shape an appropriate amount of skin clay into a cone with a pointed bottom and a rounded top. Align the pointed end with the nose and press the clay into the face mold. Once filled, remove any excess clay by trimming it away.

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2. Use a carving modeling tool to adjust the lip line, then use the rounded end of a detail needle to press and push up to adjust the corner of the mouth.

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Sculpting the Legs

1. Roll white clay into a long, thin shape with one end pointed and the other rounded. Then, bend the pointed end at a 90-degree angle and shape it into a foot. Ensure the sole is flat and the foot's top is curved.

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2. Flip the leg over to the back and support it with your palms. Use your thumb to gently press down and push up on the ankle to adjust its size. Then, use your thumb and index finger to gently rotate and move the clay upward, adjusting the shape of the calf.

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3. Turn the leg onto its back and use the side of your thumb to press down on the back of the knee to adjust the curvature of the knee. In the same way, use the thumb and forefinger to turn to adjust the shape of the thigh, and then use a detail needle to press out the shape of the kneecap on both sides of the knee.

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4. The leg length of a 5-head tall figure is roughly 2.5-head tall; compare the lengths and cut a diagonal from the inner thigh outwards.

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5. Use a detail needle to press out the shape of the ankle bone.

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6. Use the tool to create creases at the ankle. Adjust the angle of the tool when creating the creases to achieve a gradual variation in thickness and depth, creating the effect of a girl wearing white knee-high socks.

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Sculpting the Waist

1. First, thread a copper wire from the heel upwards and secure the two legs. Then, use pliers to trim off any excess wire.

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2. Form a white clay into a pentagon shape, attach it to the leg, and adjust it into a waist and hip shape using fingers and tools.

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3. Use a creasing tool to create a crease in the middle of the buttocks, then use your fingers to smooth it out. The length of this waist and hip structure is about 0.5-head tall, with the lower back curving inward and a slight protrusion in the lower abdomen.

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Sculpting the Body

1. Take a piece of skin clay and mold it into a cone shape, then use your finger to pinch a cylindrical shape out of the center of the round end and adjust the size and position as needed.

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2. Flatten the torso in the center of the palm, pinch out a sharper corner with the thumb and forefinger at the shoulder position, and adjust the curvature of the waist.

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3. The torso is about 1-head tall; cut off the excess clay, and then use a detail needle to press out the collarbone.

So, the 5-head tall distribution is: head = 1-head tall, torso = 1-head tall, waist = 0.5-head tall, legs = 2.5-head tall.

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Sculpting Clothes

Sculpting the Skirt

1. Take deep blue clay and roll it out into a thin sheet. Use a circular cutter tool to cut out a circular shape, then place it in the center of the legs. Adjust the number and position of the skirt folds.

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2. The hem of the skirt flutters to one side; adjust the curve of the hem fluttering with the tool.

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3. Using the tool, add small fabric wrinkles around the waist, attach the torso, check if the skirt fits, and make further adjustments if necessary.

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Sculpting the Shirt

1. Roll out a thin sheet of white clay and fold some creases at the lower end. Flatten the tip and cut it into the desired shape. Stick the sheet onto the body from the waist to the neck and use a blade to cut out the neckline curve and trim the sides evenly.

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2. Place a thin sheet of white clay over the front side of the torso, squeeze the bodice folds in one direction with a tool, and cut away the excess clay after comparing the position of the costume.

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3. Cut out pieces of white clay sheet with one side concave inward and the other side in a straight, rounded shape, press out a straight line, then fold it over. Cut a beveled corner from the wide head side and cut half the length around the neck.

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4. Use the same method as Step 3 to make the other half of the collar and stick it to the shirt collar. Prepare a long strip to stick on the shirt front, and be careful to sculpt the undulation of the garment with your fingers or tools at the creases.

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5. Use a mini round cutting tool to crimp the button's shape.

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6. Roll out a thin slice of dark blue clay and use a razor blade to cut out the shape shown in the picture.

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7. Impress with a detail needle.

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8. Adjust the curvature of the ribbon by hand.

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9. Using the same method as steps 32 to 34, cut the two shapes shown in the picture and then press the folds with a detail needle.

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10. Fold it in half and glue the two pointed ends together.

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11. Assemble a butterfly shape with a rectangular clay slab and two triangular clay slabs, trimming any excess clay.

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12. Mount the torso first, then prepare a long strip of clay just wide enough to cover the waist, place it around the waist, adjust the edges, and press the folds at the waist.

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13. Take a rectangular strip of clay with the same width, loop it over your shoulder from the waist belt in front of you, and wrap it around the back waist belt. Trim off any excess clay.

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14. Add a long strip of clay behind it, pick the strap with a tool to create a gap between it and the shirt, and then attach the bow to the collar.

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15. Front view of the skirt: The wind blew in from the right side, causing the skirt to flutter from right to left. The right side of the skirt wrapped around the hips, while the left side flowed freely.

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Back view of the skirt: The wind is blowing from the left, making the right side of the skirt flutter.

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Sculpting the Shoes

1. Knead two long strips of the same size, then flatten them with a pressure plate and trim both ends to be smooth.

6.2.3.1 Making Shoe
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2. Cover the thin sheet on the back of the foot and trim off the excess clay at the toe.

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3. Prepare a thin sheet and wrap it around the shoe upper from the middle position on one side of the foot to the middle of the other side, then cut off the excess clay.

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4. Wrap a thin sheet around the heel and trim any excess clay.

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5. Prepare two thin sheets as wide as your feet and about two-thirds the length of your foot. Stick the sheets to the front of the soles of your feet and trim away any excess clay.

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6. Prepare a square sheet with a length and width greater than the heel. It should be slightly thick, stick it onto the heel, then trim the excess clay.

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7. Prepare a thin strip of clay to stick on the seam between the shoe upper and the heel, starting and ending at the back of the shoe. This will Sculp the shoe stitching line neat.

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8. Prepare a thin strip of the same width as the heel of the shoe to stick onto the back of the heel, and use a tool to adjust the thin strip that was just attached.

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9. Prepare a slightly wider film and apply it to the tongue of the shoe. Sculpt the other shoe in the same way.

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Essentials of Sculpting Shoes

1. When making shoes, it is important to sculpt them in sections. Start with the shoe front, then move onto the side, sole, and fastenings.

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2. The seam on the side of the shoe is glued in two sections for the side of the shoe. The sole is divided into the forefoot and heel and glued in two sections.

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Sculpting the Hands & Arms

Sculpting the Palms

1. Take skin clay and roll it into long cylindrical strips. Flatten one end and cut out a thumb shape. Then, flatten the other four fingers.

6.3.1.1 Making Hands
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2. Cut out four fingers and adjust the finger joints with a detail needle to get the finger length right.

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3. Press her finger gently, bend it, and adjust it slightly.

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4. Dip a brush in some red eyeshadow and apply it to the knuckles of her fingers.

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Sculpting the Arms

1. Roll white clay into a cylindrical shape and adjust the shape of the round ends. Use a detail needle to press out the creases of the puff sleeves on the cuffs.

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2. Press the cuff inward with a modeling ball tool or pencil, then use the tip of a detail needle to adjust the pleats of the cuff. Wrap the bodice pleats on the lower arm from the elbow outward.

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3. Use a mini round cutting tool to remove excess clay from the sleeve cuff, then prepare a white strip of clay to wrap around the cuff.

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4. Attach the arms to the torso, add some folds on the sleeves, and then put on the book and hands.

Tips: How to DIY Tiny Books with Air Dry Clay: 9 Easy Steps

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Sculpting the Head

Drawing the Face

1. First, use a pencil to sketch the outline of facial features.

6.4.1.1 Drawing Faces
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2. Sketch the outline with a small brush dipped in reddish-brown pigment.

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3. Cover the sclera with white paint.

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4. Use gray paint to draw the contour of the shadow on the eyeball.

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5. Use a yellow base color to paint the eyeballs flat.

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6. Apply dark reddish-brown color to the pupils and the projection.

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7. Outline the edge of the eyeball and draw a semicircle at the bottom of the black iris using a color mixed with white and water.

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8. Use black paint to outline the eyeliner and eyelashes, and draw a semicircle at the bottom of the eyeball with white paint.

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9. Dip the pointed cotton swab in red eyeshadow and apply it to the lips. Then, apply blush and a tear mole.

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10. Dip a brush into red eyeshadow and apply it as blush on the cheeks.

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11. Draw highlights on the eyeballs with white color.

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12. Profile view of the face.

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Sculpting the Hair

1. Roll deep gray clay into a ball, then press a hollow in the middle with a modeling ball tool, making a hollow half-circle. Cover the face in the half-circle.

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2. Knead a skin-colored teardrop-shaped clay, flatten it, cut it in half, and press down on the center area. The ears are then made.

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3. Place the ears on the left and right sides of the eyes and press the inside with a modeling ball tool.

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4. To sculpt the hair pieces at the back of the head, roll the dark gray clay into thin sheets with thick centers, then cut them into the shape of the bending strands of hair.

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5. Start sticking the hair pieces from behind the ear.

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6. Surround the root of the back of the head with a circle of hair pieces.

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7. Pay attention to the thickness and direction of hair pieces; ensure the hair flows in the same direction as the skirt.

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8. The second layer of hair should be much longer than the first layer, measuring the length from the top of the head to the end of the first layer. Roll out the dark gray clay into a thin sheet, thicker in the middle and thinner around the edges. Then, according to the grouping of the hair, create indentations and cut out the strands.

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9. Stick the second layer of hair pieces from the top. Prepare the hair pieces for the floating hair strands and stick them next to the already attached hair pieces, carefully adjusting the direction of the floating hair strands as needed.

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10. Prepare another triangular sheet and stick it in the ponytail. Use a scoring knife to press towards the center of the sheet in the direction of the hair strands, making sure to gather the hair towards one point.

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11. First, attach the hair piece under the ponytail, then adjust the shape of the hair piece according to the gap, adjusting the curvature and direction of the hair strands.

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12. The hair clip at the temple should be thin and small and be aligned with the hairline.

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13. Keep applying the clay hair pieces, which start at the top of the head.

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14. When finishing with hair pieces that float behind, pay attention to adjusting the hair piece's direction and the contour's overall shape.

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15. The hair pieces on both sides of the temple should be thin and small, starting from the back of the ear.

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16. Make bangs by placing dark gray clay on an egg-shaped auxiliary, create a curve, and press down to create grooves. Cut out the hair strands according to the grooves.

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17. Sticking bangs on one by one.

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18. First, stick in the gap with a slightly larger hairpiece.

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19. Then use small hairpins to fill in the gaps, and use large hairpins to twist the hair from the back towards the sideburns, making the hair look fuller and voluminous.

Tips: Pay attention to adjusting the hair pieces on both sides of the head to make it appear rounded and smooth.

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20. After attaching the bangs, stick the hairpiece in the gap between the bangs and the back of the head to make the top of the hair fuller.

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21. Add some thin and long strands of hair to the bangs to create layers, and then cut some wavy, wispy hair and stick it at the hairline.

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22. Prepare a thin sheet that is narrow at both ends and wide in the middle; align the two ends and pinch tightly. Then, add a small set of hairpins and thin strands, and secure the hair bun to the ponytail.

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Making Hair Accessories

1. Roll out a thin blue clay sheet and cut out two triangles and a long strip. Create a textured surface by pressing in grooves and bumps. Attach the two triangles underneath the ponytail and wrap the long strip of clay around the ponytail to form a circle.

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2. Roll white clay into the shape of a water drop. Press the round end of a detail needle into a spoon shape, and one petal will be created. After arranging the petals, place a yellow circle of clay in the center and press it together with the petals using a round stick. Finally, place the white flower on a string and press it lightly with a modeling ball tool.

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3. Take dark blue clay, knead it into a ball, and then flatten it.

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4. Press the dark blue flattened clay onto the egg-shaped auxiliary, then pin the round edges.

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5. Smooth the inner edge by pinching it neatly.

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6. Next, we can put the hat on her head, and thus, the sculpture of this cute high school girl is complete!

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Summary

Congratulations! Browsing to this point, I'm sure you've felt the unique charm of clay art; through the study and practice in this chapter, you can quickly master how to sculpt a little-scale anime figure, of course, in addition to the characters in the examples in this chapter, you can also try to use the same way technique to sculpt any character you like.

So far, we've covered how to sculpt chibi figures and little-scale figures in standing poses, and in the next chapters, we'll explore how to sculpt playful and cute kneeling poses in clay art, as well as the creation of beautiful costume lace.

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