Sculpting and Painting Realistic Cats in Polymer Clay

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About the course

Polymer clay is a widely used medium for creating different styles of sculptures and miniatures. In this 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.

In this course you will learn:

  • Measurements using anatomical landscapes to build a poseable wire armature
  • Posing an anatomically reasonable wire armature
  • Filling the bulk of the sculpture
  • Sculpting musculature
  • Sculpting cat head
  • Cat facial expression introduction
  • Sculpting different types of fur
  • Painting your polymer clay cat figure
  • Wild feline fur pattern introduction
  • Comparative anatomy of house cat, big cat and other mammals
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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.


*The live and free course does not give you a certificate of completion, additional tools and resources, access to the bonus classess,
and one-on-one with the instructors. These perks are only available in the paid version of the course.