A few years ago I learned that clay is one of the most eco-friendly options out there for making pottery. When my daughter was two I started making animals out of clay for her. One of her favorite toys was a rabbit made from a clay pot. It was fun to watch her turn the pot in her hands into a bunny rabbit. By the end of the week I had a collection of clay animals that I could use from all over the world.
There’s a lot to love about clay. Its versatility and versatility of shapes can really make your creations look fantastic. I can’t remember the last time I saw a piece of clay that wasn’t really a dog, a cat, or a rabbit. It’s amazing to me how many different shapes a clay pot can be. It’s also really fun to create with different textures and colors.
I loved the simple shapes of my clay animals. It really helps to make your creation look unique and different. I was especially fond of the rabbit I made of clay. In its small size it can really easily blend in with the other animals.
If you have a clay art background you can definitely use this method to create a variety of different animals. As long as you don’t use too much clay and don’t use too much paint, this method is extremely versatile. For a great tutorial on this, see this post on Clay Art Basics.
I bet if you asked anyone in my office they would tell you that this technique works in nearly any medium. It doesn’t even have to be clay. As long as you have a small mold or a small piece of clay, you can turn any animal into a “real” animal. If you make a rabbit, it will be a rabbit, if you make a horse, you will be a horse.
The reason this is so versatile is because you don’t have to use any paint. You can use your first coat of paint to make a rabbit, just like a human would. But then you can add the second coat and you’re an animal in a jiff. You can make a goat, you can make a deer, you can make a monkey, you can even make a cat.
If you have any questions about this, or any other techniques, feel free to ask in the comments.
I’ve been making animals for years, so I know this stuff is a bit basic and I’m sure lots of more advanced ways of doing things like this could be discovered. But I think the basics are cool and I hope I get some good results with it. I’d love to see more tutorials from the folks at Arkane Studios.
I tried to get my hands on a cat once. The animal I made was a very cute and fluffy little thing, but after many hours of making it, I realized I was having a hard time getting all the clay to stick to my hands on the clay. The cat would take a little while to get the clay to stick to its claws and tail, but I made it.
Clay is a very forgiving material. It’s made of clay, so it tends to stay put. It’s also a very versatile material. With practice, you can make really cool designs that you’d never think of if you didn’t have the right tools. I’ve made a lot of clay animals and have yet to find a pattern for making something that doesn’t rely on a specific material.