Create accurate details by studying how clothing relates to anatomy
Whether you carve realistic figures or caricatures, it is important to understand how the underlying anatomy affects material. The clothing must convey the figure's movement or pose. Accurate detailing of the material's wrinkles and folds can be challenging, but the end result is worth the effort.
The best way to carve realistic-looking fabric is to start with a clay model. Most carvers use photos and other reference material, but this technique has limitations. The carver may focus on the clothing folds and carve into the body parts beneath the fabric. The resulting carving may have great detail, but overall look slightly off.
You can avoid the pitfalls of getting caught up in the fabric details by beginning with a clay model that focuses on the anatomy of the figure. This approach takes discipline as you must learn to work on two separate stages of clay modeling.
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