Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Sculpting Ears

This is a post for Jo who requested info on doing ears.
 Great illustration of the outer ear parts from: virtualmedicalcentre.com

I made these large enough to show the detailing better.
Form a wedge shaped oval of clay.

 Attach the clay to the head by ramping the clay toward the front of the face.
Undercut and seam the rest of the ear to the side of the head.
 The ear tapers toward the front of the face.
The outer helix of the ear is created by pressing a tool down and under the outer ear to form the scapha.
 The complete first step.
Continue the outer arc of the ear into the inner ear while pushing the extra clay back toward the back of the head forming the concha.
A ramp runs from the front of the ear down into the inner ear canal forming the external auditory meatus.
 Place a tool in the ear canal and pull down and turn out to establish the depression of the canal and the flap, tragus,  in front of the ear opening (part 1).
Keep pulling forward to raise the front of the ear from the earlobe and ear canal (part 2). This also establishes the antitragus.

Shape the bottom of the lobe. (Lobule)
Press an indentation or fossa into the antihelix area.
 Deepen the folds and fossa as desired and do the general clean up.

 Notice how the ear blends into the face area. There is no ridge in front of the ear.
Hope this helps.
Have a great day!


  1. Great instruction, been having trouble with ears.

  2. Thanks Mark, very good instructions.

  3. gracias por el tutorial esta muy bueno ¡¡¡

  4. Thank you Mark, wonderful instructions!

  5. wauw ,wonderful instructions

  6. These tutorials are amazing!

  7. I have had a brain block when it comes to ears!! Thank you so much! Now let's see if my brain will let me do what I just saw!
    Thanks again
    Rose Marie

  8. Muchas gracias por el tutorial.
    besitos ascension

  9. Just came across your site and was gobsmacked at your wonderful creations and to top it all off the information you shared was so helpful. Thanks for sharing your knowhow. ;)

  10. Hi...just found this page and your website...great tutorial, and thanks! I would like to know where you got your spoon shaped sculpting tool...I have been looking for something just like it. Thanks

  11. That is Jack Johnston's sculpting tool: http://store.artdolls.com/product/johnston-3-1-tool-custom-made/

    He also sells the ProSculpt that Mark uses.

    You can find some JJ 3 in 1 tools on EBay, they are made by Kemper tools.

    I have brought a couple and have sanded one down for smaller work.


  12. best instustions I have seen yet .thank you for sharing.

  13. Brilliant - thank you for sharing.

  14. You make it look so easy! Great tutorial

  15. Fantastic tutorial Mark. Thank you so much.
    You are an Angel!

  16. Wonderful tutorial! Thank you so much for sharing your expertise, Mark!

  17. I love always new way to make thing that help thank a lot!

  18. Super! All those curves always intimidated me, thank you very much :)

  19. Este cel mai bun tutorial posibil, este perfect ,felicitari!

  20. Very helpful. Thank you.

  21. This fantastic!! Took my ears off and remade them using this tutorial and thye look so much better!!

  22. Thank you so much for this tutorial. I love your work and appreciate your willingness to share techniques and information!