My last project for my 3D course was to create an anthropomorphic character. I chose to make an emperor penguin into a cool dad with all the gear needed to care for his egg while the mother penguin went to get her meal. I really had fun making this.
I created a skeleton (armature) using wire. I solidified joints with epoxy (not pictured) to prevent them from moving. I forgot to photograph that step.
Then I wrapped it in aluminum foil, and then more thin wire so that the Sculpey would stick to it and not just slide off the foil.
Then, I began adding the clay.
I rolled it out using a rolling pin for the clothing and accessories.
Although it is heavy, it's not as heavy as if I had made it from a big block of clay. The inside of the penguin, egg, and backpack (diaper bag) (all shown below) is actually hollow. After I texturized it and I was happy with it all, I baked it at a low temperature, and then I painted it the next day.
This is the final result:
It was a long process that I managed to create in a short amount of time, but I'm happy with it. I only wish I had more time to add more details before finalizing it.