Sculpting and Painting Realistic Cats in Polymer Clay


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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 re

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What You Will Learn

Class 01:

  • 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 02:

  • Bulking the skeleton with foil and clay

Class 03:

  • 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 04:

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

Class 05:

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

Class 06:

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

Class 07:

  • Sculpting the cat paws

Class 08:

  • Refine the details on head and body
  • Introduction to fur sculpture and fur direction on cat body

Class 09:

  • 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.

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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.


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