Sat down to do some work on some models that have been neglected for a while, and I thought I’d do a short modelling tutorial on how to create Cheerleader Pom-Poms. To a lesser extent, this same technique works on straight hair.
- A model with a closed fist for the pom-pom (or a bald headed mini if you’re doing hair)
- 2 part epoxy putty (green stuff, kneadatite, brown stuff, etc.)
- Sculpting needle tool
Mix enough putty to cover the hand/head generously. Use your fingers to smooth it down to cover the fist. (don’t worry about fingerprints, you will remove them in a bit)
Wet the surface of your putty (lick it if you’re lazy) and use your needle tool to make a small circular dent at the top center.
Place the tip of the needle tool in the hole at the top and carefully drag it down the side all the way to create a trench. Push the needle into the bottom of the trench to make it so that the trench has no rounded end. (Refrain from making penis jokes if you can. I couldn’t.)
Repeat step 3 about 30 to 45 degrees away from your first trench.
Starting from just below where the two trenches meet, make another small trench that does not go all the way to the bottom. Make more trenches that are staggered in between these all the way to the bottom to fill the area with small trenches.
Repeat steps 4-5 to fill the entire area.
Now you can sculpt Pom-Poms, and to a lesser extent hair! Be sure to keep your putty workable area wet to prevent your sculpting tool from sticking. Happy Sculpting!