Tribute to Tim Burton Tutorial


Tribute to Tim Burton Tutorial


Tools and Materials


Measures

In this tutorial we will make a simple modeling of a 5cm figure, taken from the stories of Tim Burton. Size can be varied by simply increasing proportion all measures we take of clay, that´s why we have made it with cutters of a certain size that is easily scalable.

Cutters sizes do not have to be super accurate, but serve to get an idea of the amount of clay used in each part :

Grey:

  • 2x Circle 43mm
  • 1x Circle 15mm
  • 2x Circle 12mm
  • 1x Circle 5mm
White
  • 1x Circle 5mm
Black:
  • 3x Circle 8mm


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Condition black and white clay. Add a small pinch of black to the white and mix well to make it a light gray (reserve some pure white). Finally we will have sheets on the thickest setting of the pasta machine.

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Make the circle cuts specified on top or another proportion if you want a bigger or smaller figure. Apart from these cuts we will use some more clay.

 

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Pick the two largest gray clay circles and make a couple of balls, which are the body and the head of the figure.

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Roll one of the balls doing a little more pressure on one side than the other to take this shape.

 

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In the second ball roll only one side so that it becomes a cone.

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The cone should be relatively short, if it goes too long turn it back into a ball and start again

 

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Leave the cone above the work surface and press with two fingers as indicated by arrows, as if we give a triangular shape.

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This is the way it should look, it will be the head of our figure.

 

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With one of the clay circles of 12mm make a ball which will be the union between body and head.

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Press the ball to convert it into a disk, then push again in one side to make a sort of wedge.

 

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Connect the three parts, so that the wedge shape of the neck makes the head look down.

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Take a bit of gray clay and make an elongated cylinder.

 

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Cover top of the neck with the cylinder, hiding the line of separation .

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Use a wooden stick or other tool to blend the cylinder with the head. First flat the cylinder and then work the edges to make them disappear (all you can ).

 

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The neck should look as if it is a whole piece with the head.

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With a ball-point burin or any other similar make the eye sockets, one on each side of the head.

 

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The eye sockets should large rather than deep to create after a dark effect around the eyes.

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Press the figure against the work surface to flatten the bottom until the figure is free-standing. You could also insert into the bottom a stick that would help you to hold the figure without having to touch it with hands.

 

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Take the gray clay circle of 15mm and make a ball first, then lengthen a bit by rolling it into a small cylinder. Cut it in half, so that will leave you two portions for the hind legs.

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With a portion of clay make a cylinder similar to the picture.

 

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Press the end of the cylinder that contacts the body to stick it.

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Pinch the other end of the cylinder with your fingers and then get it up.

 

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In this picture you can see how it should be roughly the leg.

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Repeat the process with the other leg, so that both remain touching the work surface.

 

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Take a gray clay circle of 12mm and make a cylinder so that it can be cut into four equal parts with which you will make balls.

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First flatten two of the balls against the chest of the figure, which will be the beginning of the front legs.

 

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With the wooden stick merge the added clay to the body of the figure.

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With one of the other balls make a cylinder that will go from the volume of the chest to the ground and a little more.

 

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Pinch this excess with your fingers and get it up, as we have done with the hind legs.

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Make the other leg the same way so both front feet should touch the ground when the figure is standing.

 

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Use some gray clay to make a very thin sheet, and cut a small rectangle.

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Paste the rectangle on the back of the figure covering part of it. It is a cloth patch.

 

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With the end of the wooden stick or other similar tool make some incisions perpendicular to the edges of the patch trying to fake seams.

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Continue this process with all the lines in the figure, as the separation of the neck, legs, etc, creating new seams.

 

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And add some more seams on the whole figure, first making a cut and then making a perpendicular marks to it.

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To make mouth start below the head by drawing a line that goes from side to side.

 

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With a tool that ends in tip make a hole in each side of the face and push the clay up creating a small volume that will be the side of the mouth.

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Finally join the first line you have drawn with the hole made in the previous step, thus delimiting the mouth. Draw a little curve if you want to make a smile.

 

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Cut several pieces of wire, one about the size of one hind leg, two more of a third of that length and finally a last one about half size. The sizes are approximated and can be varied without problem.

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Make the ears with two black clay circles of 8mm. Make two balls and rotate only by one side to catch a cone shape.

 

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Flatten each of these forms with your finger.

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Put the ears standing and press slightly against the work surface until it is standing up alone.

 

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Nail the two equal pieces of wire on both sides of the head where the ears go.

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Put the ears on the wire pressing them to fit well.

 

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For the tail take the other circle of black clay and make a long cylinder on which sink the longest piece of wire (leaving one end uncovered) and can give curve shape. Then wrap it with the clay so that the wire is on the inside and not visible, except the free end.

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Nail the tail at the rear part of the figure.

 

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Nail the last piece of wire, the smallest, on the nose. Take a piece of black clay, make a very small ball and nail it on the wire.

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With a knife make the gaps of the fingers on the legs of the figure, both the rear and the front.

 

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Take some black clay and make two small cylinders that will go above the eye sockets as an eyebrow. Press the eyebrows with the wooden stick so that they are secured. The way you put the eyebrows decides the expression of the face.

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Make some tiny black clay balls and paste them on the back patch, flattening with the wooden stick to look like dots. Cut the remaining white clay circle in half, make two small balls and flatten them with your finger, will be the eyes.

 

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Put all on a sheet of paper and carry it to the oven, so the figure as the eyes, not glued yet.

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Once baked, remove the ears, tail and nose to work comfortable. Apply gray or dark brown oil paint with a brush.

 

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Once done, try to remove the paint with paper towels.

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The paint will be tucked into the crevices, seams and marks highlighting them, and the rest of the figure will take a darker color.

 

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Remove all the paint you can except the eye sockets (let them painted). Now the best is to let the paint dry, which can take some time, especially in the eye sockets.

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On each side of the neck drill a hole with a hand drill (you can make the pilot hole before baking if you like )

 

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Take the nails and put glue along the tip, then insert them into the holes we made in the previous step.

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Glue also the ears, tail and nose. Now it is time to glue the white eyes in the center of the sockets obscured with paint.

 

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Once the eyes are glued use a pen or a fine paint brush to draw two black dots. Try to be as symmetrical as possible to avoid a crazy expression, and not inward to avoid a cross-eyed look.

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And we have the finished figure, we hope you have fun making it !