I know practice makes perfect, but I'd like to get some feedback on what you did to perfect your 3D figure making / scuplting skills. Is there any particular kind of clay (edible or not) that I could use over and over and over to practice with that wouldn't harden or dry out (in a relative amount of time)? What are your favorite tools to use? What tool(s) are a must have? What are your tricks of the trade? Books?
Any guidance would be greatly appreciated as I venture in to this skill.
I like to practice with Play-doh. In the evenings when I'm watching T.V., I've worked on shapes or hands and feet so when the time comes I can whip through it. I have the basic wilton set of tools, circle, heart and star cookie cutters come in handy because things are more uniform (small heart cookie cutters can be used for eyelids ect.) a couple tips (more for uniform sizes especially for eyes) and I have a clay gun. I did Dr. Teeth and the electric mayhem figures for my brothers birthday with those tools and it turned out amazing (still have to post pictures)!