New! Baby Elephant Sculpture Tutorial with Project Patterns

You can achieve the correct proportions of your sculpture right out of the gate with this easy-to-use pattern book to accompany the Baby Elephant - Learn Sculpture Video.  The patterns in this workbook will help keep you on track as you build your clay model.  Even if your sculpture is not highly detailed, it will still look "right" and proportioned like a real baby elephant, just by matching your sculpture to the pattern dimensions as you work.

There is also helpful information on materials, work area, clay, tools, lighting, and more. The workbook has 10 pages and 6 patterns (representing primary views) matching Chuck Oldham's original baby elephant sculpture shown in the video.

Price: $3.95.  This is an e-book, available as a PDF download.  The link will arrive in your email after purchase.  Just print it out at your printer and use right away!

Don't want to download the ebook?  Get the printed, hardcopy version for $9.95 (includes shipping). Quantity discounts available. Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or give us a call: 904-432-8398.


Sample pages:

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Baby Elephant Sculpture Tutorial With Project Patterns - pattern example Attaining correct proportion is one of the biggest challenges to artists seeking to do representational work—even experienced sculptors find it difficult. More than fine detail, correct proportion is perhaps the most important quality in making a person or animal look realistic and believable. You'll find that these accurately constructed patterns will help you overcome the most common problems and teach you "how to see," along with good working habits as you go forward.



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Clayette by Chavant - Best Sculpture Clay!

For those seeking the perfect, non-firing, oil based clay, we are promoting the new and exceptional Clayette by Chavant.  With a beautiful buff-white body (great for evaluating forms during the sculpting process), it's remarkably non-sticky, and comes in soft, medium, and hard consistencies. 

For students learning to sculpt we recommend the soft Clayette, as it is easy to work yet holds its shape exceptionally well. If you are an experienced sculptor, you'll love the working qualities of the hard.  It reduces the need for any armature due to its self-supporting qualities.

For more information about Clayette, visit



Oil-based Clay

In professional sculpture, the process usually begins with a clay model using professional-quality plasteline, an oil-based clay.  By using plasteline, the sculptor is able to achieve exactness of the model in shape and size, and is able to make significant changes with relative ease.  When the sculpture is completed in clay, a mold is made--either a rubber or plaster mold, depending on the intended final material.  It's usually a permanent material like resin, ceramic, porcelain, or bronze. The great advantage to this process is that multiple copies of the original sculpture model can be produced.

Water-based Clay

Other kinds of clay may also be used for the final sculpture, such as waterbased, ceramic (pottery) clay.  This kind of clay must be baked (fired) in a kiln to become hard and permanent.  After the sculpture is completed, it is important to hollow out or drill certain areas because heavy, solid parts may crack or cause the object to explode in the kiln.  For those who don't own a kiln, the sculpture can be taken to a local pottery or ceramic shop, or to a local school or art center for firing.

Polymer Clay

Polymer clay is actually a kind of plastic (polyvinyl chloride) and contains no clay minerals. It can be baked and hardened in a regular oven at a low temperature.  Two popular kinds of polymer clays are Sculpey® and Cernit®.  The artists at Learn Sculpture far prefer the workability and responsiveness of plasteline clay, particularly in the creation of large, realistic sculptures.  Due to the nature of polymer clay, it tends to limit the size of sculptures to small items, but it is also a favorite of doll and small figurine makers.  Different kinds of tools are also required.  One advantage is that polymer clay can be painted after baking, and it also comes in a wide range of colors.



Sculpture Tools

For the most part, Chuck Oldham uses only his hands to form the bulk of a sculpture. As he gets closer to the finish, he begins to shape fine details using a variety of tools. For many years, he has crafted his own special set of sculpting tools. He plans to offer his custom-designed, signature tool set as soon as it's available. To help you get started, we've listed some tool sets you can order now:


Proportional Divider

Proportional Divider by AccuraSee. $12.99 USD.
This is a great tool that allows you to copy our sculpture patterns and even enlarge or reduce your sculpture!

Click here to buy the Accurasee proportional divider.

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