I sculpted this dragon mask in early 2016 and set up a camera to record while I was working. I recently subscribed to Adobe CC and began learning Premiere so I could stitch together all the videos and speed them up!
The mask sculpture is done in Monster Clay and was completed over the course of 10 days. The total recording time was about 8 and a half hours.
I do apologize for the video quality and the black bars on the sides; my camera at the time only supported 4:3 resolution. I hope to have a better setup next time I try something like this!
Eyes, teeth, horns… often times, a sculpture requires features which repeat and need to appear nearly identical, or which need to be an exact shape and size each time. Instead of trying to sculpt each part individually, it can sometimes be easier to pre-make an object (like the spikes in the lizard photo) or use an existing object (the glass cabochons being used as eye placeholders).
Epoxy putties are two-part compounds which, once mixed, will permanently cure at room temperature into a tough, rigid, plastic-y material. There are many varieties of epoxy putties, making it extremely versatile stuff!
Clays made with a base of oil or wax (or a combination of both) are a type of sculpting medium that will never cure or harden completely. This makes them ideal for sculpting a large project that you may need to work on over a period of days or weeks. When the sculpture is complete, you make a mold from it, and then cast it to get your final piece.