Super Sculpey isnt for begginners. Start out with plasticine or an oil based clay to begin; get a medium viscosity. Or go traditional with a regular block of clay, though it can get messy. Also, think of what you are making will require a a frame or not. If you making a full character, then you need to pick up a small block of wood, a staple gun and some wire to create the frame (armature).
Many of the local art stores in seattle barely have any sculpting materials (and Skullbox hobby stores here are far and few between unless you go outside of Seattle [img]/images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img] ). The few that have them would be arts and craftman
in the u district and believe it or not the University of Washingtons Bookstore
. Since your beggining you dont want to invest much into materials. Also think the scale of what you want to build. The little sculpting packages they sell in art stores though coming with basics are first focused more for clay working and larger scales. If your working very small, look for a dentist throwing out smaller tools.
Here are some examples of mine.
Sample of clay:
Sample of sculpey:
Sample of professional work:
[Note: helped not main sculptor] (variety of materials used- from extremely hard plastacine, 2 part epoxys, to multiple recasts in plastic to add details.)
If you find yourself enjoying sculpting, which can help with your 3d visualization, I would suggest looking at a few courses at the Gage Academy of Art
. Professional instructors, and you will learn ALOT (more than I did in my undergrad degree).
Im also taking a ecroche class this summer. She is a independant sculptress, but she is a goddess in my book in her skill and anatomy knowledge.