Finally I have a tutorial for you guys ! ^^
And in celebration of the new Nintendo 3DS Animal Crossing : New Leaf release this year, I made Tom Nook!
So who is Tom Nook? He is a “Raccoon Dog”, also known as “Tanuki” in the Japanese version (also a real animal btw, its related to dogs even though they look like raccoons lolol). He’s basically who you go to to make money and lose money TT..
He buys the stuff you sell, and he also sells you furniture, equipment and the like – and also responsible for the expansion of your house.
So the new change in New Leaf is that you get to have more freedom in choosing what to expand, what rooms to add and WHEN you want to add them. In previous versions of animal crossing, after each expansion, he’d push you to expand more, which kinda made you hate him..
It doesn’t help that it was harder to make money in previous versions than it is in this version.
SO in celebration of Tom Nook’s character being more likeable, I made him ^^
Also, just a note, I have recently purchased “Super Sculpey” in beige. This clay is specifically for sculpting models and I really like it. If you have ever used Du-kit (which is a NZ brand polymer clay), the texture is surprisingly similar. I’ve always had this thing against Du-kit because it was never ‘crumbly’ like sculpey and fimo in that you couldn’t create those realistic textures, but after using super sculpey, I’d say du-kit would be suitable for model making too.
Please enlarge the images! WordPress automatically resizes mine ><
Materials (Sorry for lack of images)
- Super Sculpey (colour doesn’t matter)
- Any sculpting tools you have (although, you’ll mostly be using your fingers)
- Sand paper
- Dark Brown
- Terracotta brown
- Dark blue
- Light blue
Or you can make those colours with
- So taking the foil, create a round base in which Tom Nook will stand on
- Roll out some super sculpey , and wrap it around the foil, blending the edges.
- Take some more foil and create Tom Nooks base body shape – kind of like an egg
- Roll out sculpey and wrap + blend
- To create a bigger belly, cut a strip of clay and place it across the middle + blend well
- (First two images are the wrapping part of this body)
- Roll out a small log which will be his legs
- Cut them , place and blend
- Look at that bellay Lolol
- Okay, so that’s what he looks like standing so far. Please remember to have reference image with you at all times ^^
- To make him more pudgy, Add more clay on the sides of his legs
- Once he’s got more fat on his two legs, time to even out the front
- Take a small piece of clay, flatten it out and place on the front part
- where the clay meets the gap between his legs, just cut it the clay and blend it out behind his legs
- What he looks like so far
- Take some foil and shape it into his head – kind of like an egg with a turned up tip
- Wrap with clay and blend
- Keep adding clay to areas which need it. His head : body ratio is kinda of like 1:1 …. I didn’t expect to add so much clay to his head
- Notice their similarity. I almost freaked out because I mistook the head for his body… I was wondering why his legs suddenly blended together.. TT
- Place head on the top, if you wish you can use an eyepin to help keep this part extra stable
- I pushed the head downwards and blended away that excess because Tom Nook doesn’t have that big of a gap between his head and body
- To even out the neck, roll out a strip of clay, and always when blending, make the edges thinner than the middle. This way, blending is much more easier and you won’t have to push hard on the clay to get it to flatten down
- You can tell I added more clay to the top of his head
- He’s so top heavy he cant event stand by himself anymore….
- Here are some different angles
- Then roll our two circles and attach them as his ears.
- Use the end of something round to make the indents for his ears
- He still didn’t look right and that was because his head wasn’t big enough still…
- Add in them cheeks and blend
- Just like the legs, roll out a small log and attach them onto the body as arms. You can use whatever pose you want
- Make a small tear drop shape and attach to his butt (lolol). I used an eyepin to help reinforce his tail
- Roll out some clay and cut into a rectangle – this is his apron
- Add some eyepins in his legs and make two small impressions onto the base of where you want to place him
- Then use a needle tool and make these indents into holes
- Add some TLS and place Tom Nook in place
- He cant stand by himself so he is leaning on the TLS bottle
- Also , if you want, use a rounded tool to add texture to the base – as you know , this is my usual technique
- Since he couldn’t stand, had to make reinforcement with foil
- Made the stupid mistake of baking him without the foil all around him and only the back…
As he was baking in the oven, the clay softened and he got a lot weaker. Because I didn’t have the foil on all four sides he actually fell off his base. I quickly took him out, placed him back on and reinforced all the sides as show in the first two images
- Due to my small oven, the top of his head that was closest to the heating bar got burnt
- Also, as the clay softened and the placement of the foil, his tail also dropped down and baked too low…
- Removed his previous tail and while working on it, his arm fell off
- … Please use eyepins to attach them on
- After attaching a new arm, I baked him on his back.
- Made the stupid mistake of changing the heat to top and bottom – ended up with burnt flattened edges on the ears, tail and base
- Refixed the flattened parts
- Sanded everything down
- Adding white base coat.
- This is to help the actual paint show up in its true colours. Also means that you’ll need less layers to get the same effect
- Made brown from my primary colours
- Dark brown : Red + Blue + Yellow until satisfied
- Lighter brown : Red + yellow to get a light kind of orange then + green to get that shade
- Adding the remainging colours
- He’s on his side because I’m drying the green on the base
And here he is fully completed !
Glaze if you wish
For acrylic paint, I recommend that you dilute it with some water so that it becomes much more thin and smooth. This way, you’ll get less streaks and more even paint layers.
Also, sand down your figurine after baking. I’m not too experienced with sanding so I just took random sandpaper I had. I think you should go for a finer one so that it doesn’t leave those uneven indents from the texture.
Having a smooth base gives you better end product, so please try to do that. Blend well and sand well – my Tom Nook would have turned out better if I sanded him properly.
-phew- Long tutorial right?
Just letting you know I’ll be back blogging regularly until school starts again!
Thanks for reading!