This chapter highlights the use of air dry clay in crafting a chibi boy figurine, with a specific emphasis on achieving proper proportions and seamlessly integrating dual colors. The anthropomorphized male cat in this example stands at a height of three heads, with his head, torso, and legs measuring nearly the same length. During production, it's recommended to measure his size on the template. As seen in the final product, the highlight of this case lies in the seamless fusion of red and white. Let's delve into the case study to master this technique in our own Chibi creations.
Materials & Tools
Face mold, Large scissors, Small scissors, Curved scissors, Rod needle, Dotting tools ball, Pressure Plate, Opening blade, Rolling pin, Blade, Round cutting tool, Indentation cutter, B-7000 glue, Carving knife.
Acrylic Paint, Painting brush, Clay eyeshadow, Brush, Pencil, Eraser, Memo pads.
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.
Making of the Main Parts
1. Begin by obtaining a Chibi-style facial 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.
2. Trim away any excess clay, and voila! You now have a super adorable facial shape.
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.
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.
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.
4. Measure the length of the legs to be 6 units using the ruler on the mat, then trim any excess clay at the bottom of the pants before aligning the legs using the pressing plate.
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.
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.
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.
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.
9. Measure the thickness from the sole to the highest point of the shoe upper using the grid on the measuring pad. The thickness should be equal to the height of one grid. Trim off any excess material from the shoe vamp and use a round stick to press a circular groove into the shoe mouth.
10. Roll out a thin sheet of white clay and use a blade to cut it into long strips.
11. Begin at the center point of the back side of the vamp and wrap the white strips around in a circle.
12. Once again, use a round stick 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 insole, ensuring that the total length is 7 units.
1. Take the clay in a skin tone 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.
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.
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.
4. Use your fingers to adjust the curve of the front chest and back of the torso.
Tips: The proportion of a chibi boy figurine with a height of 3 heads.
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-heads-tall figurine. During the sculpting process, measurement blocks can be used to measure their lengths.
Crafting a Coat
1. Splice the torso and legs together and rub your thumbs into the waist of the pants to make the torso stick together
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.
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.
4. Center the triangular cut-out at the front neck of the figurine, align the arc-shaped cut-out at the back neck of the figurine, and affix the slice onto the figurine's torso.
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.
6. Use an indentation knife to pick up the clay sheet a bit, then use a detail stick to press the folds in one direction on the waist side.
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.
8. Cut a rectangular piece from the deep blue clay wafer, then bend the blade to slice out a curved notch. Apply the resulting shape to the collar as shown in the illustration.
9. Cut a triangular notch out of the collar and smooth it out with a tool.
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.
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 figurine.
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.
3. Repeat the movement, wrapping the long white strip back around the front where it started, aligning it at an oblique angle each time.
4. Use the remaining long strips to create a pattern and attach the pattern to his stomach.
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.
6. Roll dark blue clay into long strips and cut in half, then use a tool to press round notches into the cuffs.
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.
8. Align the finished arm with the shoulder and affix it in place. You can now pose the arm in any desired position.
9. Align the finished patchwork stripes decoration with the shoulders, and affix them onto the sleeves. The patchwork stripes at the cuffs can be rolled inward.(You can learn how to make color blocking stripes here)
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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1. Begin by taking skin-colored clay and rolling it into a long strip. Use your thumb to flatten one end, creating the shape of a palm.
2. Use the rounded end of the tool to press out the basic shape of his palm, then use scissors to cut out the shape of his thumb.
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.
4. Cut away the excess clay and attach the little hands to the cuffs.
Making 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.
2. Paint the whites of the eyes flat with white paint, leaving the eye portion white.
3. Use black pigment to outline the eye line and eyeball contour.
4. Use gray pigment to paint the shadows on the sclera.
5. One eyeball is purple and the other one is green.
6. Paint the pupils, double eyelids, and eyebrows with black pigment.
7. Dip a brush into red eyeshadow and apply it onto the cheeks as blush.
8. Apply highlights on the eyeballs using white color.
1. Hollow out the neck with a circle cutting tool and take white clay and roll it into a hemisphere.
2. Put his face on the white hemisphere.
3. Take some dark red clay and roll it into a long strip using a press plate. Then flatten it, making the center of the clay piece thick and the edges thin.
4. Divide the hair extensions into sections, cut them into small strands, and start attaching them from the back of the head.
5. Then use a creasing tool to eliminate any hair marks, press the hair piece with your thumb to adjust its position, and finally trim off any excess clay.
6. Cut out white hair pieces, paste and press hairline with the same method, and stick white and reddish-brown hair pieces together in the middle position.
7. Roll the skin-colored clay into a ball, then flatten it.
8. Use a tool to cut the round clay piece in half, then make a circular indentation in it with a round tip needle.
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.
10. First, roll the red clay into long strips, then shape one end into a point. Flatten the clay with a press board, making sure that the center is thicker than the edges. Use a scoring tool on the thin section to create hair strands.
11. According to the indentation, cut out the hair piece with scissors, align with the center line, stick the hair piece on the top of the head, and then use an indentation tool to press out the hairline.
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 and make sure they are tightly attached.
13. Prepare a hairpiece that is roughly split on the left and right, and stick it to the temple area.
14. Cut another piece of hair extension that is slightly wider and stick it onto the temple hair piece, pressing it down.
15. Stick a hairpin in the gap between the back of the head and the swept-back hair, making sure that the starting point is on the center parting line.
16. Place the film on the egg-shaped assistant, create a curve with the film, and then use a creasing knife to group and press out the hair strands. Cut out the film according to the crease.
17. Align the center line and stick the bangs.
18. Create white hair pieces, starting from the centerline and sticking them towards the edges.
19. Comparing the position of the ears, attach the hairpin, and the hairpin on the back of the head is basically attached.
20. First, stick the sideburns in place on the ear position, then continue to attach the hair extensions.
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.
22. Apply a piece of red bangs to the gap, taking care to avoid the eyes.
23. Bend the blade and make thin julienne cuts on the red sheet and attach to the center of the head.
24. Roll the red clay into a ball, then cut it into an oval shape, adjust the oval shape to create a short, flipped hairstyle.
25. Using the same method, apply the white short hair that is raised, and the little boy's hair is done.
Characteristics of Making Cats
Making Cat's Ears
1. Take white clay and shape it into a long cylindrical form. Then use a press to flatten it into an oval-shaped disk.
2. Cut the ellipse in half with a scoring knife, and press a line in the middle of the ear with the side of the scoring board.
3. Trim the shape of the ear and cut out a pointy corner.
4. In the inner side of the ear, draw in red. First layer in skin color, second layer in red, third layer in dark red.
5. Using B-7000 adhesive, fix the ears on both sides of the head, making sure they are aligned.
Making a Cat's Tail
1. Take white clay and roll it into a long strip using a press plate. Then bend it into a curve to make a cat tail. After the tail is dry, attach it to the backside of the little boy to complete the creation of a cat-like little boy.
Alright, that concludes this chapter. As this tutorial is geared towards beginners, we focused on every detail, resulting in a lengthy chapter. Most of the tools used in this chapter can be purchased on the website. We hope you'll be able to create your own art that you'll love.
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With the information provided above, I believe you'll quickly master the crafting techniques for creating Chibi-style figurines. Next, we'll create a cute Chibi-style girl figurine. Look forward to our next chapter!