The last few days I've been kinda bored and I remembered that I used to be quite good with clay in high school. This sparked an idea into my head that I could make a mask. I was/am very unsure of my clay skills now though, so I wanted to do something simpleish. After some thought and looking around I decided to try a Darth Nihilus mask. I ended up buying a few different types of clay, forgetting what was good for what. I ended up reading to use an oil based clay, and eventually I found my way to buying some. I guess I'm writing this post to kind of show my progress, and get some feedback from people along the way. I've only been working on it two days, and it doesn't look as good as I would like it too, but I think it's coming along better than I expected (aka: not a HUGE disaster). Here's day 1, I was working on the general shape for a good base to work with. [image=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v485/djshinigami/Halloween%2010/100_0746.jpg] And then later that day, after I had built up the brows, and started on laying down the headpiece thing: [image=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v485/djshinigami/100_0752.jpg] And here's the beginning of today, I added some more clay on the forehead, and smoothed the edges of the head out. [image=http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v485/djshinigami/100_0753.jpg] I have A LOT of work to do on this still, even before I start fleshing out the details of the mask. I think the biggest challenges have been keeping the proportions right with the eyes...and really everything. I keep telling myself that this project isn't for anything other than a trial run with clay/general mask making. After/if I get this done with decent quality I'm gonna try and make a mold, and mold some masks out of it. I've never really done any of this before, so it's not gonna be great, but will be good learning I think. Any tips or advice on working with clay, making masks, or anything really related to this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!