Sunday, July 20, 2014


Hi all, 
I wanted to share my newest piece (which is still available) in a less edited form than Facebook will allow. The inside scoop is this: I have posted WIP shots on "the book" for days with no problem. These shots included a penis and breasts. As soon as I painted it in skin tones, it became pornography. 
There ya go, lesson learned!
So, here is the finished piece.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014


Hi all, as a bonus for my Quinlan Show students I made a tutorial on sculpting a male face. We are now offering this in limited release. 
The two disc set can be purchased for $35 in the US or $45 internationally via my PayPal account:

Have a great day sculpting.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014


Kelly and I had a wonderful time this weekend at the Quinlan's Doll and Teddy Bear Show just outside Philadelphia, PA. I worked up to the last few minutes to get things finished so I thought I would just give you a look at my pieces for the show before we get back to work on sculpting.
That moment when day meets night in one fleeting embrace: "TWILIGHT"
My piece for the signature gallery which won both an Art's Choice and a Collector's Choice Award.
"NEMEAN" will be heading off the the Susan Quinlan Museum in California today.
I made our hosts a little gift in appreciation of all they do to support the art doll world.
And last, the twins: my awards from the show. These mean so much to me because the are awarded by my fellow artists and collectors, not a few judges with an agenda.
I hope you all have a great day of sculpting. We will get back to work here in the next couple of days!

Friday, April 18, 2014


Hi all, today I got this post from a viewer on the blog: "I do trust all the ideas you have introduced in your post. They're very convincing and can certainly work.
Still, the posts are very brief for newbies. May just you please extend them a bit from subsequent time?
Thank you for the post."

Just so we all understand, I am an artist by trade. Creating art is my job. Developing new techniques is part of my job. Teaching is part my job. I offer the free blog in order to share some of what I know to help other artists. If you want or need more detailed information, there is a little box to the right of this post which tells all about my instructional DVDs which can be purchased. I have spent a great deal of time and money making these just to help other artists. Believe me when I say it is faster for me to just sculpt and not take time to shoot photos every step of the way or go back and remake something for the video.
I understand what it means to be a starving artist when you first start. That is why this blog is here. That is why I teach for ridiculously low costs at conventions. This is why I answer as many questions as I can about this art form.

I wanted to announce that I am working on a new blog/forum to be released in the near future.  On this blog ( which you are reading now) I try to give a feel for the flow of a piece with tips and information. Apparently some readers are wanting more details.
Here is what I have come up with: I will start a blog/forum by subscription. You are welcome to stay on my free blogger page and continue to read the basic information just as I have been offering. I will continue to post free info here with the hopes that it helps other artists.
For those who want to get deeper into the how and why, you will need to subscribe to get the more detailed info. There will be more images, more description, and more personal interaction. Posts will be both what I am working on and ideas or issues suggested by the members (you). Members will get discounts on all my products- DVDs and artwork.
There will be a yearly fee which I will keep low enough to cover the costs associated with hosting and running this venture.

I hope you will join me as we try this new adventure and become part of the madsculptor community!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014


Here are two of my newest Steamed Ladies for those who do not go to my Facebook page.


The face gets roughed-in while attached to the body in this case because the support rod for the figure   emerges from the skull.

Conditioned clay is applied to the skull to a thickness of about 1/8" thick. The eye sockets are kept open at this point and the main features are roughed-in. 

The features are refined slightly as the upper lip is attached.

The lower lip is attached, features are refined a bit more and beads are dropped into the eye sockets.

Using photos, the features are shaped and refined. You will get a better result by working all the features at once rather than concentrating on refining just one feature at a time.

Once the face is final shaped, the teeth are shaped in the mouth.
Have a great day of sculpting!

Sunday, April 13, 2014


For this set of observations, I will be using a different figure because I sort of jumped ahead. So  here it is.

The figure is covered with a layer of conditioned clay about 1/4" thick.

The clay is applied in large pieces and compressed onto the armature. 

A central dividing line is laid into the figure on both the front and the back.

The torso is divided starting with a line from shoulder to shoulder which will become the collar bone. The second mark is one head height down from the collarbone. This will be about the location of the  base of the sternum. The next mark will be a head height lower and will denote the waist. The last head height will end at the front of the crotch ( the back side will be slightly lower).

Depressions are made from the sternum to the side of the body even with the waist mark. This is the bottom of the rib cage. A depression is created from the crotch to the side of the body slightly lower than the sternum/hip marker. This is the leg fold.

The armpit is formed by pressing below the armature wire for the arm.  This runs from the armpit to the small of the back along the latisimus muscles in the back and from the armpit toward the sternum in the front along the base of the pectoral muscles.

The back is completed by depressing a line down the spine and between the buttocks. This depression will stop below the small of the back then start again after it passes over the sacrum or the base of the spine.

The main fat, muscle, and bone structures are defined with the sculpting tool.

Next we will do the smoothing of the muscles after adding the head.
Thanks for joining me, have a great sculpting day!