everything here is drawing based. i want to improve my sculpting skills so what you guys recommend? any tip, guide, book name or link is appreciated.
pic related it is my last piece
How's that dryin, bub? Looks like a pretty smooth clay. Have you hollowed out the back? Lots of differences in thickness puts a lot of stress on pieces. The thinner areas dry faster than the rest so they start to contract first and cracks begin. I like to wrap extremities in plastic, then drape paper towels over them, put them on a damp plaster bat, triple plastic wrap the whole thing for a week to even everything out, only then begin the drying process. The paper towels on top of the piece catch condensation drips in there.
From there, you can take a couple routes for drying safe and slow:
A few hours a day, tent some newspaper over it to protect it from drafts, then wrap it back up. Repeat until bone dry.
Orrr, enclose it in a big cardboard box with a little bowl of water with a sponge in it (to act as a wick) inside with it. Kind of a ghetto humidified drying box.
Oh, and bisque fire reallly fucking slow. Like a 200ºF preheat/candle for 12 hours, and a 10+ hour schedule.