Tony's studio is in Long Island, N.Y., where he lives with his wife, three children, and three dogs. Below are a few samples of Tony's amazing body of work, and further down we begin a tutorial of Tony's process in his own words.
This is the Chavant clay. It doesn't have sulphur in it so it won't impede the silicone when I go to mold the bust. I prefer this for personal projects as it smooths with mineral spirits. But Super Sculpey is much better for professional work because it bakes. You can sand it smooth easier, and you can ship it. This stuff is hard to ship. It never cures because it's oil based.
My favorite tools. All of my work was done using these 4 tools and very little else. They do it all. A rake, a spatula, a large loop and a tiny loop. That's all you really need.
This is the epoxy resin I use to secure my armature. It's two parts, and you mix them equally. In a few hours, it is rock hard. Or you an speed up the process with heat.
My trusty alcohol torch. Best five bucks I ever spent. It's used to smooth/heat hard wax & clay, and also to heat tools for working with wax and hard oil clays. You just fill it with denatured Alcohol, light the wick, and squeeze gently. It emits a long flame, like a tiny blow torch. By gently passing it by the surface of the clay, it smooths and melts it subtly, leaving the surface warm so you can re-work the hard clay or add texture, etc.
Below: This is an incredibly useful page from the MAD style guide, specifically used to guide 3D art of Alfred.
I block out skull and shoulders. I can still reposition the head if I want.
No tools used yet, just my thumbs. I work fast to block out the forms, not worrying about any details at this stage.
Using rake to blend clay and to define planes of head.
I scoop out eye sockets, begin to add hair, more raking. I constantly turn the bust and step back away from table.
All of the basic proportions and pertinent information are in place. Now it's noodle time!
Stay tuned for Part two: Noodling Newman!