Qingyu Li is an animal figurine artist based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He initially got into the field when his old cat passed away and wanted to make a sculpture in memory of him. To his surprise and delight, the journey only started there. Gradually Qingyu Li learned to make all sorts of animals in polymer clay and acrylic paint, and it is his great joy to bring them in front of the world as a reminder of either the beauty of nature as in wildlife or our emotions devoted to our companion animals. Qingyu Li personally believe animals are most beautiful just the way they are and try to represent them as realistic as possible, which is also a good way to show the resemblance and uniqueness of different species. He hopes through his work, people can learn about and appreciate the animals on our planet and will want to preserve the biodiversity in this world where it is increasingly hard for real-life wildlife encounters. The replicas of his work have been sold all over the world to collectors and animal lovers.

In this class, Qingyu Li will teach you step by step how to use polymer clay to sculpt a realistic feline and paint it. Polymer clay is a widely used medium for creating different styles of sculptures and miniatures. You will learn the basic cat anatomy used in art and learn to compare and transfer the knowledge to creating other animals. You will learn how to depict different kinds of fur and the tools applied. We will also do a little discussion in feline facial expressions and their various fur pattern. This is great for artists and hobbyists of all skill levels to learn more about realistic cat figures.

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