Introducing The SculptBox

A project 2 years in the making is finally here! We are launching an all-in-one kit for clay sculptors: The SculptBox.


Sculpting with CG Cookie

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If you know CG Cookie, you are probably aware that sculpting has always been a huge passion of ours. We've dedicated a lot of time and resources to creating training for clay sculptors and over the years, thousands of artists have gotten their hands dirty following our tutorials.

As a team who lives and breathes digital art, why bother with clay?

We've always believed that working with a tangible material and making something you can actually touch and feel is the pinnacle of creativity. As Kent Trammell puts it: “With digital sculptures, I know it’s just a visual representation of certain 0’s and 1’s. But when I see a physical sculpture I’m moved a little more, I gaze a little longer.” That's coming from somebody for whom working with 0's and 1's is their daily bread!

Read: Traditional vs. Digital Sculptors. What's the difference?

The good news is, you don't need to decide between creating in a digital or traditional medium. Becoming familiar with both will make you a more versatile artist and enhance your sense of form and proportion, both in virtual space and in real life.

But...Starting With Clay Sculpting is Hard

Yes. When it comes to starting with 3D, all you need is a 3-point mouse and a working computer. With clay sculpting, you need what feels like half a hobby store before you can even attempt to make your first sculpture.

And while we've created a full Learning Flow on getting started with clay sculpting, so far, getting the right tools and materials has been on you, with all that it entails: searching online reviews of tools, multiple trips to a hardware store only to find the expensive brush wasn't quite what you needed, finding the right clay through trial-and-error and becoming frustrated in the process. Not fun.

Making Sculpting Affordable and Pain-Free

Tools

We decided to change how people start with clay sculpting.

Through talking to professional sculptors and asking them "What tools do you wish you had when you were starting out?" we've narrowed down the must-have, tried-and-tested equipment that every sculptor needs and that will see a sculptor through a huge range of projects.


"This is the perfect beginning kit for the artist who is serious about improving their sculpture work." - Jordu Schell (Sculptor: 300, Avatar, Hellboy)


With a Little Help From Our Friends

Melvin

Creating the SculptBox was an incredible journey; from the initial prototypes to hand-testing each tool and designing the packaging, it has taken us nearly 2 years to refine the SculptBox into a kit we are 100% confident to share with sculptors.

The project has brought us together with hugely talented and inspiring artists: from working closely with Lisa Schindler, our long-term sculpting trainer, to Neil Viola, and Jordu Schell, an award-winning creature sculptor.

We've partnered with the wonderful folks at Monster Makers who provided the material for our SculptBox: Monster Clay, the medium used by pros across the industry.

We've also collected feedback from dozens of professional and amateur sculptors and refined the kit over and over again.

The result is an all-in-one kit that you can open and just get started, following a step-by-step course on creating your first sculpture.

(Yes, it's the cute monster known as Melvin. And yes, 2 pairs of eyes are included in the SculptBox.)

Explore the SculptBox

Collaborating with so many talented artists has been the best part of the process and really brought home what sculpting is about: creativity, fun, and turning that vision in your head into something real.


  • Jasmine Wongus

    This is really awesome! I bet folks will have a great time with it! Maybe one day I'll get myself back into clay sculpting, too. I miss it!

  • Marcos Sánchez-Dehesa

    Such a good idea. Congratulations!

  • Aunnop Kattiyanet

    Looking forward for the global shipping!

  • Mary Fazzolari

    ah, I had those sculpting tools when I was at the art school, but unfortunately I lost all of them while moving to the new house, so I would love to get the whole pack! I loved to model clay back then and I would love to do it again now! But since I live in Europe (Italy) I think will be little hard to get...anyway will contact you soon just in case! :) Hope many people will pre-order this! Its worth every $$! You will love it!

  • roseytea

    This is so amazing! I am so excited! Thank you! I have a few sculpture tools but I still want a sculpt box of my own.

  • nick160011

    WOOOOOhoo cgcookie for life!

  • Carsten Nikiel

    Amazing product and I really would like to buy it, but the shipping costs to germany are just way too high. 43$ to get it here compared to the price of the box is just too much. Is there any other shipping option available, as I do not need to get my hands on it in 6-10 days. I can wait longer if shipping gets cheaper that way. Nevertheless another awesome product from CGCookie.

  • edrift3d

    Awesome. Not a sculpture artist myself though it is something I should learn and have always been interested in. Maybe this is a hint? :)

  • crew
    Jonathan Williamson

    Go ahead and email support@cgcookie.com and we'll see what options there are. Wes is actively exploring international shipping options.

  • Kyle Blaine

    This is AWESOME! Out of curiosity: Is there enough clay if my GF and I wanted to learn together and share tools? :)

  • crew
    Pavla Karon

    Kyle, yes that should be fine! For example, if you both want to sculpt Melvin and follow the step-by-step video, it weighs around 12oz when completed so 2lbs of clay will be enough for both of you.

  • Matt P

    Hey guys, I'm interested in getting this but I have a question. Aside from the Melvin tutorial, what other tutorials are in the package? Will it tackle ways of sculpting more complex shapes/ characters?

  • stomski

    Great, and I would preorder it right now ... but I´m living in Germany. :(

  • crew
    Wes Burke

    The SculptBox will come with the Melvin Tutorial, a Making of tutorial for the Desert Wrangler and a couple unboxing videos. For additional training on complex shapes, anatomy, I would recommend digging into the Introduction to Clay Sculpting learning flow here: https://cgcookie.com/flow/introduction-to-clay-sculpting/

  • Matt P

    Sweet, thank you very much for the reply!

  • nendu

    Hi guys,

    Great Product. Where can I get the black spheres that you use for eyes?

    Thank You,
    Noel

  • crew
    Pavla Karon

    Hi Noel, you can use black glass beads from Michaels.

  • Steve Hugill

    Really interested in this, but I'm in the UK so I can't get it... Will you be doing a cut down box without the clay or at least a list of the tools included so we can potentially follow the tutorials (if available)

  • crew
    Wes Burke

    Hey there, never say never. Though right now we are focusing on getting the first version of the kit out, while beginning to kick around ideas for other variants. :)