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  • How to Begin - Thomas Eakins and an Old Lamp Shade
  • Materials Needed for this Sculpture
  • The Tracing Paper Skull
  • Establishing the Eye Sockets
  • The Frontal and Zygomatic Bones
  • Finishing the skull
  • Basic Reduction Sculpting
  • Creating a sewable Base for the Skull
  • Needlemodelling the Skull
  • Eyeballs
  • Supported and Nonsupported Features
  • Inserting and Shaping the Eyes
  • The Nose
  • Sculpting with Batting
  • Lips
  • Eyebrow Construction and "Control Box"
  • Soft Tissues of the Face
  • Beginning the Skin
  • Step by Step of a Sample Face
  • Some Other Needlemodelling Effects
  • Ears
  • Finishing the Skin
  • Applying the Hair
  • The Final Head
  • Needle Sculpturing Stitches
  • Needles
  • Pins

Title: The Basic Head: Soft Sculpture Techniques of...
Author: Lisa Lichtenfels
Publication Date: Spiralbound:1991
Publisher: Self-published
Page Count: 60
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 11" x 8 1/2"
ISBN: None

INSTRUCTION RATING:Star Rating. The instructions are well written, and well illustrated. The only thing that might have been better were to add photographs of some of the steps to support the illustrations.

BONUS MECHANICS RATING:Star Rating. If you've never seen Lisa Lichtenfels' soft sculptures, you've missed out on an important artist. I think you can guess just from the table of contents that she did a thorough job of covering her basic techniques for building heads in this book, and I was glad I bought it.