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 :
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.
Pick the two largest gray clay circles and make a couple of balls, which are the body and the head of the figure.
Leave the cone above the work surface and press with two fingers as indicated by arrows, as if we give a triangular shape.
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.
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.
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.
And add some more seams on the whole figure, first making a cut and then making a perpendicular marks to it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Take the nails and put glue along the tip, then insert them into the holes we made in the previous step.
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.