Saturday, May 28, 2011

Modelling Heads and Faces in Clay

I got this book in the mail. It was recommended by a member of The Joint, a BJD making forum.

Modelling Heads and Faces in Clay.
Berit Hildre.
London: A & C Black, 2008.
80 pages. Illustrated in color.
ISBN: 978-1408102671

This is a how-to book with step-by-step photographs of how to model the head and face in clay. There are also anatomical illustrations with explanations of the underlying muscles and bones. The proportions of the head are covered, as well as all the details, such as the nose, the mouth, the eyes and the ears. Head poses and facial expressions are also discussed. Although the book is not specifically about modeling a head for a ball-jointed doll, I believe the information in this book will be useful for a beginning doll maker. Since it only has 80 pages, it can be read in a relatively short period of time, however it will also be a good reference book for modeling a doll head.

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