The things I get ready before I start the sculpt…
Before I get into the sculpting of the cake, I wanted to go through all the things that I need to get ready for this part of the process
I make sure I have plenty of modelling chocolate ready. Running out of modelling chocolate is not ideal as you have to wait for it to set.
I have all of my references there and I laminate them as well as they do get covered with oil and other things which makes the ink run. A laminated reference will last you the whole way through. I have a corkboard for my reference photos that I sometimes use, other times I like to just have them by my side.
I have my anatomical skull handy for referencing the facial proportions for the piece. Along with the skull I have a ruler to assist in the same.
I have all of my tools at the ready, the main tools I use are just the spoon tool and the knitting needle tool. Find my tutorial here.
Now it’s time for Coffee.
I start with a flat face for sculpting the reason for this is because I start at the bone structure of the face and build from there, if you don’t leave the face flat then you will end up with a much bigger face and then be forced to add mountains of modelling chocolate to the top and back of the head to compensate. I still do this! But not the extent that I used to when I began sculpting busts.
The video below takes you through the process of sculpting the face . Obviously I won’t post the entire video as the sculpting hours part takes around 20-30 hours. I have shortened the video just adding the important parts.