When I started sculpting, one of the most helpful things for me was to watch progression photos or WIPS (Work in Progress). It's nice to see the different stages a doll goes through so as you are learning to sculpt, you know it's okay for your doll to look a bit like a bald alien at this point in the process. =)
Here are some progression photos of my doll, Aquamarine. Her tail is made using a technique of clay overlay (taught in Tails & Torsos), but with a simplified fin and less cutting of scales. (Hey...there gets to be A LOT of scales! It's nice to learn a "short cut version" isn't it?!)
Here she is. Can you believe the difference from the first photo to the last?
Do you like the base? I made it from a sea shell and a rock I covered with Apoxie Sculpt and then painted it with a few washes after covering it with Modeling Paste.
Art supplies are so fun....(sigh).
See Aquamarine's gallery photos here.