Sculpting and Painting Realistic Cats in Polymer Clay

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What you will learn in this online sculpting course


Class 1:

  • Intro and bio
  • Overview of what class will cover
  • Quick introduction to tools and materials (clay)
  • Finding the anatomical landmarks and doing the measurements
  • Building and posing a wire skeleton

Class 2:

  • Bulking the skeleton with foil and clay

Class 3:

  • Covering the baked skeleton (bulked) with firm clay (the clay we will sculpt on)
  • Cat gross anatomy and major muscular structure and comparison between house cats and big cats
  • Beginning to sculpt general shape and muscles

Class 4:

  • Types of cat face shape
  • The unique features of the Abyssinian cat face, and what to pay attention to during it's sculpture

Class 5:

  • The shape of cat head
  • How to place the eyes
  • Sculpting the front half of the face

Class 6:

  • How to place the ears
  • Sculpting the rear half of the face and the neck
  • Cat facial expression

Class 7:
  • Sculpting the cat paws
Class 8:
  • Refine the details on head and body
  • Introduction to fur sculpture and fur direction on cat body
Class 9:
  • Sculpting the fur on the ventral part of the body, which are relatively longer

Class 10:

  • Sculpting the fur on cat face, legs and paws, where the direction of the fur varies in interesting ways

Class 11:

  • Sculpting the fur on the rest of the body and finish the sculpture of the Abyssinian cat.

Class 12:

  • Comparing Abyssinian to Somali
  • Turning the finished Abyssinian cat into a Somali cat by adding additional clay
  • Sculpting long fur and finish the Somali


  • Painting the finished Abyssinian cat. Tips on priming and finishing the painting for more enduring figures. A fun introduction study of the colors and patterns on wild cats. Tips on painting patterned big cats.

About This sculpting Course

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

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Curious Mondo: Sculpting and Painting Cats in Polymer Clay

Time table:
12 hours

Basic / Intermediate / Advanced

Target market:
Sculptors, crafters, anyone who loves polymer clay, sculpting, or want to start a new hobby or career

Main objective:
Learn how to sculpt a realistic feline and paint it.


Qingyu Li Curious Mondo Instructor

About the instructor

Qingyu Li

I am an animal figurine artist based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. I initially got into the field when my old cat passed away and I wanted to make a sculpture in memory of him. To my surprise and delight, the journey only started there. Gradually I learned to make all sorts of animals in polymer clay and acrylic paint, and it is my great joy to bring them in front of the world as a reminder of either the beauty of nature as in wildlife, or our personal emotions devoted to our companion animals. I 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. I hope through my 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 encounter. The replicas of my work have been sold all over the world to collectors and animal lovers.

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