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Plasticine Art Showcase: Shape Your Imagination

Do you remember?.. The first time you played with pieces of modeling clay, melting them in your hands and going deeper and deeper into the colourful plasticine world where your imagination was the only limit. Since the 19th century, when Franz Kolb and William Harbutt independently of each other invented plasticine (modeling clay), it has been used in almost all fields of art: illustration, web design, typography, claymation, installation design.

Further Reading on SmashingMag: Link

Plasticine artworks can be found just everywhere: advertisements, book/magazine as well as CD/DVD covers, movies / TV series, music videos, computer / console games, and even web design elements. Below you will find a collection of beautiful plasticine artworks that hopefully will inspire you and give you an idea about how this material can be used in your next design project.

Plasticine + Photography / Illustration Link

Advertising Link

Nike Italy by Wieden+Kennedy6 Amsterdam (Netherlands)

Nike Italy Zambrotta in Plasticine Art Showcase7

Faber Castell plasticine Advertisement8 by Unitas RNL Santiago (Chile)

Faber Castell in Plasticine Art Showcase9

Faber Castell in Plasticine Art Showcase10

Onida Washing Machines Advertisement by McCann Erickson1611 Mumbai (India)

Onida in Plasticine Art Showcase

Onida in Plasticine Art Showcase

Freya Lingerie Advertising12 by Stuart Jackson13

Freya Lingerie in Plasticine Art Showcase

Freya Lingerie in Plasticine Art Showcase

Freya Lingerie in Plasticine Art Showcase

Becks Advertisement by Scholz+Friends Hamburg14 (Germany)

Becks in Plasticine Art Showcase

Becks in Plasticine Art Showcase

Forma Total Gym by Artplan15 (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

Forma Total Gym in Plasticine Art Showcase

Forma Total Gym in Plasticine Art Showcase

Nicorette Advertisement by DRAFTFCB KOBZA (Austria)

Nicorette in Plasticine Art Showcase

Aniquem Advertisement by McCann Erickson1611 Peru

Aniquem in Plasticine Art Showcase

Stamyl Advertisement by Maruri Grey (Ecuador)

Stamyl in Plasticine Art Showcase

Stamyl in Plasticine Art Showcase

Stamyl in Plasticine Art Showcase

Magazine Cover Design Link

Esquire (March 2009) – 30th birthday of plasticine character Morph

Esquire in Plasticine Art Showcase

Poster Design Link

“The Summer Reading Club” Poster for The Toronto Public Library by Barbara Reid6159211817

Aniquem in Plasticine Art Showcase

“Young Audience” Poster for Theatre Direct by Barbara Reid6159211817

Aniquem in Plasticine Art Showcase

Flyer for The Ovnis19 by Pablo Alfieri20

Esquire in Plasticine Art Showcase

Book Illustrations Link

Barbara Reid6159211817

Aniquem in Plasticine Art Showcase

Aniquem in Plasticine Art Showcase

Aniquem in Plasticine Art Showcase

Artworks Link

Amy Vangsgard22

Amy Vangsgard in Plasticine Art Showcase

Amy Vangsgard in Plasticine Art Showcase

Amy Vangsgard in Plasticine Art Showcase

Amy Vangsgard in Plasticine Art Showcase

Irma Gruenholz23

Irma Gruenholz in Plasticine Art Showcase

Irma Gruenholz in Plasticine Art Showcase

Irma Gruenholz in Plasticine Art Showcase

Irma Gruenholz in Plasticine Art Showcase

Ana Villalba24

Anna Villalba in Plasticine Art Showcase

Anna Villalba in Plasticine Art Showcase

Anna Villalba in Plasticine Art Showcase

Manuela Martin25

Charlotte Oh26

Charlotte Oh in Plasticine Art Showcase

Charlotte Oh in Plasticine Art Showcase

Charlotte Oh in Plasticine Art Showcase

Tammy Durham27

Tammy Durham in Plasticine Art Showcase

Tammy Durham in Plasticine Art Showcase

Tammy Durham in Plasticine Art Showcase

CactuSoup28

CactuSoup in Plasticine Art Showcase

CactuSoup in Plasticine Art Showcase

CactuSoup in Plasticine Art Showcase

Plasticine + Animation = Claymation Link

Clay animation, or claymation as it is popularly known, is one of the types of stop-motion animation which is extremely laborious. Each animated piece is sculpted in plasticine clay. Some of the best-known clay-animation artists and studios include Will Vinton, Aardman Animation29, Art Clockey and many others.

Animatied Movies / TV Series Link

The Gumby Show30 (1957 – …)

Closed Mondays31 (1974)

Morph32 (1977 – …)

The Adventures of Mark Twain33 (1986)

Wallace and Gromit (1989 – present)

Wallace and Gromit in “A Matter of Loaf and Death”34 (2008)

Creature Comforts35 (1989)

Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase36 (1992)

Loves Me… Loves Me Not37 (1992)

Purple and Brown38 (2006 – …)

Shaun The Sheep39 (2007 – …)

Chess Game “Poole – HAL 9000” (from the “2001: A Space Odyssey” movie)

Pigeon Pilfer40 (2009)

Plasticine Crow41 (1981) [RU]

Last Year’s Snow Was Falling42 (1983) [RU]

From Iljitsch to Kuzmich (2000 – …) [RU]

Movie / TV Opening Title Sequences Link

Freaked

Freaked in Plasticine Art Showcase

Freaked in Plasticine Art Showcase

Spokoynoy nochi, malyshi! [RU]

Advertising Link

Levi’s

Sony Bravia: Play-doh

Chevron Cars

American Express: Modelling Clay by OgilvyOne London

Xbox 360

Music Videos Link

Frank Zappa – Baby Snakes (1979)

John Fogerty – Vanz Kant Danz (1987)

Grizzly Bear – Ready, Able (2009)

Paolo Nutini – Pencil Full Of Lead (2009)

Computer / Console Games Link

Claymates (1993)

Claymates in Plasticine Art Showcase

ClayFighter (1993)

ClayFighter in Plasticine Art Showcase

Primal Rage (1994)

Primal Rage in Plasticine Art Showcase

The Neverhood (1996)

SkullMonkeys (1998)

SkullMonkeys in Plasticine Art Showcase

Platypus (2002)

Platypus Rage in Plasticine Art Showcase

Gumby vs. the Astrobots (2005)

Gumby vs. the Astrobots in Plasticine Art Showcase

Cletus Clay43 (2006)

Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures44 (2008)

Shaun The Sheep

Plasticine + Web Design Link

Microsoft: {You shape} it45

Microsoft: {You shape} it in Plasticine Art Showcase46

lauren.brandcubator47

Wolly in Plasticine Art Showcase48

malum49

Malum in Plasticine Art Showcase50

Plastilina Creativa51

Plastilina Creativa in Plasticine Art Showcase52

Zaramella53

Zaramella in Plasticine Art Showcase54

Plastilin Event55

Plastilin Event in Plasticine Art Showcase56

Plasticine + Typography Link

Plasticine Typography in Plasticine Art Showcase

Plasticine Typography in Plasticine Art Showcase

Installation Design Link

James May’s “Plasticine Paradise” garden at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2009 on May 19-23, 2009 in London, England57.

James May's Plasticine Garden in Plasticine Art Showcase

James May's Plasticine Garden in Plasticine Art Showcase

James May's Plasticine Garden in Plasticine Art Showcase

Plasticine Art Tutorials Link

What do you think? Link

What is your opinion on plasticine art? In case any exceptional plasticine works haven’’t been covered, please feel free to use the comments area to share your thoughts and suggest other beautiful works. We are looking forward to your feedback and your thoughts!

Footnotes Link

  1. 1 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/05/the-beauty-of-paper-art/
  2. 2 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/07/pop-art-is-alive-classics-and-modern-artworks/
  3. 3 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/11/100-photoshop-illustrations-by-artists-around-the-world/
  4. 4 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2010/03/100-beautiful-illustrator-artworks-by-artists-around-the-world/
  5. 5 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/07/50-beautiful-examples-of-vexel-artworks-and-tutorials/
  6. 6 http://www.wk.com/
  7. 7 http://www.wk.com/
  8. 8 http://adsoftheworld.com/media/print/faber_castell_plasticine_tomato
  9. 9 http://adsoftheworld.com/media/print/faber_castell_plasticine_tomato
  10. 10 http://adsoftheworld.com/media/print/faber_castell_plasticine_tomato
  11. 11 http://www.mccann.com/
  12. 12 http://www.behance.net/Gallery/Plasticine/107101
  13. 13 http://www.stujackson.co.uk/
  14. 14 http://www.s-f.com/
  15. 15 http://www.artplan.com.br/
  16. 16 http://www.mccann.com/
  17. 17 http://www.barbarareid.ca/
  18. 18 http://www.barbarareid.ca/
  19. 19 http://www.myspace.com/theovnis
  20. 20 http://www.pabloalfieri.com/
  21. 21 http://www.barbarareid.ca/
  22. 22 http://www.amyvangsgard.com/
  23. 23 http://www.deplastilina.com/
  24. 24 http://www.anavillalba.com/
  25. 25 http://www.elgarabatofeliz.com/ingles/manuela/index.php?id=1
  26. 26 http://www.charlotteoh.com/
  27. 27 http://www.tammydurham.com/
  28. 28 http://www.cactusoup.com/
  29. 29 http://www.aardman.com/
  30. 30 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0050022/
  31. 31 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0071337/
  32. 32 http://www.morphfiles.com/
  33. 33 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0088678/
  34. 34 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1118511/
  35. 35 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099317/
  36. 36 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0104908/
  37. 37 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0104768/
  38. 38 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0799892/
  39. 39 http://www.shaunthesheep.com/
  40. 40 http://pigeonpilfer.com/
  41. 41 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkD1VdwRB8A
  42. 42 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0219233/
  43. 43 http://www.cletusclay.com/
  44. 44 http://www.telltalegames.com/wallaceandgromit
  45. 45 http://www.microsoft.com/youshapeit/
  46. 46 http://www.microsoft.com/youshapeit/
  47. 47 http://www.lauren.brandcubator.net/
  48. 48 http://www.lauren.brandcubator.net/
  49. 49 http://www.malum.pl/
  50. 50 http://www.malum.pl/
  51. 51 http://www.malum.pl/
  52. 52 http://www.plastilinacreativa.com/
  53. 53 http://www.malum.pl/
  54. 54 http://www.zaramella.com.ar/
  55. 55 http://www.plastilin-event.ru/
  56. 56 http://www.plastilin-event.ru/
  57. 57 http://www.rhs.org.uk/showsevents/chelsea/2009/index.asp
  58. 58 http://www.barbarareid.ca/workingwithplasticine.html
  59. 59 http://www.barbarareid.ca/
  60. 60 http://www.barbarareid.ca/makingpictures.html
  61. 61 http://www.barbarareid.ca/

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  1. 1

    WOW!! superb!! creative is real god gift!!

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  2. 2

    Fascinating! Very creative usage of Plasticine medium.

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  3. 3

    very creative collection

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  4. 4

    I love this!!! Thanks so much for this!!

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  5. 5

    WoW! awesome collection!
    nice :)

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  6. 6

    i love this!!

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  7. 7

    Marcos Xotoko

    March 13, 2010 7:29 am

    I think this is one of my favorite posts ever!

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    PRIMUS!
    I can’t believe you forgot PRIMUS under the “Music Video” category.
    Try looking for “Southbound Pachyderm”, “Jerry Was A Race Car Driver” or the cover for their album “Pork Soda”.
    Otherwise very nice samples in this post. I can’t imagine how may hours it took to create these.

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  9. 9

    These are just amazing. I especially like the one with the chessboard.

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  10. 10

    Really great post – thanks for rounding all of these up!

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  11. 11

    OMG! Very very nice! Great post. It’s improved my interest in this field of art. :)

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  12. 12

    Our logo of the Hungarian web development community journal Weblabor (http://weblabor.hu) is also made of plasticine:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/weblabor/2917704771
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/weblabor/2918580998

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  13. 13

    Awesome collection!! Very creative!
    I think you have forgotten Pingu!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTWv63RyLP8

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  14. 14

    Wow, Aygul, that is a pretty huge collection! High five!

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  15. 15

    Really nice post, I do remember and recommend those Russian cartoons [Last Year’s Snow Was Falling (1983)] I used to watch when I was 10y and you know they are funniest I ever saw :D:D
    On the other hand It is very hard to work with this material, but nowadays you could use just 3D modeling software to do it.
    Will try this technique in my next design :)

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    Tom - Airopia

    March 13, 2010 11:33 am

    Well done! I’m a big fan of Claymation and stop motion video. (VERY tedious).

    I even did this post recently http://airopia.org/12-incredible-stop-motion-videos. The first video is an amazing Claymation piece!

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  18. 18

    Check out http://www.jessicafortner.com for a whole other level of sculpted illustration!

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  19. 19

    Nice article.

    But for the love of god, please don’t let your next article be “Plasticine Social Media Icons”.

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  20. 20

    This brings out my childhood memories… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZ-CQEF5Or4

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  21. 21

    it’s really greatest work to make any plasticine character! Thank the authors for it!!!

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  22. 22

    Really Unique….
    Great….

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  23. 23

    This could be the start of a new trend. Stay tuned…

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  24. 24

    Aaah Primal Rage, memories flashing back, T’was one innovative game with good graphics, but the gameplay was bad tho.

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  25. 25

    Sony Bravia makes me angry!

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  26. 26

    David Jonsson

    March 14, 2010 7:15 pm

    Great collection and very different, really enjoyed the post. I love all the different styles and personalities.

    Ahhhh and Skull Monkeys, that was my favourite game growing up, anyone else ever played it? Fun game with some good humour.

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  27. 27

    i love the song and video from keane’s bedshaped :)
    nice post as always. something different :D

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    Rajesh Trilokhria

    March 14, 2010 8:32 pm

    Wow very nice…..

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  29. 29

    Fantastic post!!!
    As I always say, Smashing isn’t web researching and creative sharing, it is a way of living…

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  30. 30

    Love it!!

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  31. 31

    Neverhood Rulezzzz :)

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  32. 32

    I make jewellery out of fimo… love working with it!! Great Examples!

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  33. 33

    I think one of the best claymation and watched in the USA on Cartoon Network is Moral Orel. Funny and a bit off beat, you should Google for the series, it’s darn funny.

    Thanks for the round up! Love it!

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  34. 34

    incredible post, most educational comments. This will take a while to savor to its fullest.Thank you so much!

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  35. 35

    why i can not image to do that when i have these materials? some are really simple!!! Cool…

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  36. 36

    Are there any applications available that allows you to create these plasticine effects? I’d love to be able to mould a shpe just by pushing a “lump” around on my monitor…

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  37. 37

    Great stuff here!

    Maybe I missed it in the list but I don’t think I saw any by the great Jan Svankmajer , who is probably the inspiration for a lot of those on show.

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  38. 38

    Debby Roberts

    March 17, 2010 2:19 am

    These are absolutely the greatest ads I have ever seen. The colors are amazing and the details are fantastic. I can’t say enough about how good I feel just looking at them. My favorite is the sliding cow. The lingerie ads are the best. Much better than bland background ads.

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    Debby Roberts

    March 17, 2010 1:44 pm

    I have to thank Mark for guiding me to Moral Orel. My favorite was Toy Story 2 Final Destination. I got a lot of laughs watching those clay creations.

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    Khairunnisa Humairoh

    March 19, 2010 7:34 am

    wow. very cute!

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    Jose Carrilho

    March 19, 2010 1:22 pm

    Hi,

    This proves that art is not about the medium but about creativity.

    José

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  42. 42

    Mahmudur Rahman

    March 21, 2010 3:58 am

    Stunning creative arts. Very inspiring. Great collection. Thanks for sharing this awesome post. :)

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    A. Whiteside

    March 23, 2010 5:09 pm

    Wow! This work is great! I will use it one day for one of my sites. It is very cutting edge.

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    Consuelo Okdie

    March 24, 2010 7:47 am

    Excellent representation of this very modern art medium. Would have loved to have known about this so I could have submitted some of my paintings done w/polymer. Amazing pieces – thanks for sharing!

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  45. 45

    You are genius!!!

    Great!!

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    Prince Lity

    May 30, 2010 3:52 am

    Wow !!
    Very very very creative stuff !!
    awesome

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  47. 47

    Great collection and very different, really enjoyed the post. I love all the different styles and personalities.

    Ahhhh and Skull Monkeys, that was my favourite game growing up, anyone else ever played it? Fun game with some good humour.

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    faycal bouguir

    August 15, 2011 11:05 am

    Amazing collection of work! Also, check-out Creative Review recently published an article on some Plasticine Star Wars characters by Illustrator Elliott Quince.

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  49. 49

    this thread is missing PROMOETHEUS n BOB Tapes! Nikelodeon!

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  50. 50

    all of them are so creative how did they ever came up with dat

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    raw and interesting.

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  52. 52

    Where or how can I exhibit my PLASTICINE art

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