A course by Martín Lagares

Introduction to clay portrait sculpture

Learn how to make a bust in clay from start to finish

Total rating: 4.95 (41)people

140 students
In SpanishEn Español
Subtitles: SpanishEn Español EnglishIn English
100% online. Unlimited access. HD 1920x1080.
  • Materials: clay and hands. other tools.
  • Placing the mud on the stem.
  • First steps: symmetry and profile. The volume as the main constructive concept.
  • Large format eye modeling.
  • Large format nose modeling.
  • Modeling of an ear in large format.
  • Definition of elements. Expression, gesture and movement.
  • Hair and beard.
  • Total legth: 2h. 33' 17"

Through his explanations, Martín Lagares will show us how he feels and conceives the performance of his work through a modeling exercise.

The sculptor will create a bust in clay using an orderly, methodical, systematic procedure, but loaded with all the emotion that he is capable of printing on all his works

This course consists of 12 videos, each of which is a phase of the process, where, working from the general to the particular, Lagares will teach us:

  • The necessary materials.
  • The importance of working methodically and of bringing each element at each stage of the process at the same pace.
  • Volume as the main concept in sculptural creation.
  • Other expressive elements, such as the inclusion of pictorial effects in the clay modeling.
  • The importance of outlining the development of a face.
  • Creation of key parts and details.
  • The expressiveness of the gesture.
  • The degree of finishing in the different parts of the sculpture as an expressive element.

Student comments

  1. pilardearmas

    Magnífico. Me gustaría mucho seguir recibiendo cursos de escultura, donde se aprecie más lo que son las características del retrato.

  2. Alberto Carvajal

    Brillante. Una demostración magistral donde el método se manifiesta de manera visual apoyado con explicaciones claras y concisas.

  3. Sergio Falzari

    Fantastico essere un corso suo sobre una statua completa

  4. Diana Sobrado

    Justo lo que quería. Un curso que hace que espere más cursos de Martín Lagares.

Only if you have purchased this course you can write a review.

Purpose of the courses

During this course you will learn how to make a naturalistic portrait with clay, following the Martín Lagares methodology.

Who these are for?

This course is aimed at sculptors, amateurs or professionals who want to know techniques, resources and procedures to learn, improve or develop their talent in the field of sculptural portraiture.


Personal computer or tablet to view the videos. It is also possible to use a smartphone, although we recommend larger screen sizes to better appreciate details. practices can be done with mud. It is advisable to have some simple toothpicks to model, your own hands and no fear of staining yourself. In the course Martín Lagares uses an iron stem to support the weight of the clay, but you can do without it if you don't raise your sculpture too high.

Operation of BLURONE courses

All BLURONE courses are taught online and pursue the same objective: to achieve training without interruptions and that suits you.

Videos made by professionals who will explain their techniques and knowledge so that you, whenever you want, can learn and enhance all the skills and abilities you have to achieve the goal.

BLURONE courses can be seen again and again, at the time you want and in the place you choose. You are the one who marks the times and work.

About the artist

Martín Lagares

Martín Lagares

Martín Lagares (La Palma del Condado, 1976).

He is bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Cuenca. Somewhere he acquired a different conception of art; as a language, something to be explored.

Martín Lagares is an artist who works mainly with clay, terracotta, resin and bronze. Materials made of immanency; very different from the nobility of marble. Materials with which he seeks to generate a strongly expressive creative tension in his sculptures.

His proposals move between the information of the matter and the instinct of the form. Someplace volume cannot stop being form because it is the limit of the void. This struggle between form and expressiveness is the aesthetic key of Martín Lagares, where there are no winners despite the victory of the expressive.

As a sculptor, he tries to inject into each work a wealth of feelings, emotions and reasoning, leaving a mark with expressive violence. All this is made with care of the form and search of the dimension. And, as already mentioned, his work is found in tension, in his commitment to the greatness of the unfinished, to the beauty inscribed in imperfection, to the inscrutable link between form and expression.