Subtractive Clay Fruit

To warm up our clay manipulation skills, we will do a simple subtractive clay modeling exercise.

STEP 1:  Photograph a fruit from front, side, and top.

fruit views

STEP 2: Create a bar/box shape of clay approximately the size of the piece of fruit – imagine the piece of fruit *just* perfectly fitting inside the box.


STEP 3: Draw the side view, top view, and end view of the fruit on the side of the clay bar/box.

STEP 4: Use these drawings as a guide for cutting away excess clay and creating a rough view of your fruit.

STEP 5: smooth out the clay piece of fruit until it resembles the actual piece of fruit.