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Assuming you are interested in learning from me, what topic would you MOST be interested in seeing in future books and/or classes? 

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If you need to contact me, please do so via my website,, and not via comment or note.  This is the best way to ensure I get back to you in a timely manner or I may miss your message completely.  Thank you so much!



Commission Policy | Pricing and Application 


Before you make an inquiry about a commission, please read over my policy and pricing information in full.  Links to both pages are listed above.

PLEASE do not submit commission inquiries through deviantArt.  I only discuss commissions via email, which can be accessed on my website.  Additionally,  I do not accept points as payment for commissions.


Why are you no longer taking commissions of licensed characters, aka “fan art”?

Back in November, I made the original announcement  that I will be ending fan art commissions. I have been getting a lot of questions on the matter so I thought I would make another post letting people know my reasoning behind this.

Firstly, no, I did not receive any cease and desist orders or anything like that.  While not impossible, it’s highly unlikely that something like that would happen on the relatively small scale that I have worked.  Still, just because I probably would never get in trouble doesn’t make me feel better about creating unlicensed sculptures.  

That being said, I never expected to be getting so many fan art based sculpture commissions.  When I first started taking commissions again back in 2012, I was commissioned for a Pokemon sculpture, of the character Koffing.  Ever since then, I have been getting more requests for licensed characters and less requests for the original characters and fantasy creatures that I love.  

When I exhibited at Designer Con last November and saw all the amazing originality and storytelling of attending artists, it made me realize how my art has veered from the original path I had laid out for myself.  I have become better known for fan art rather than my own original creations.  It’s not what I want for myself or my art.  While I have enjoyed recreating people’s favorite characters and learning a bunch of new techniques in the process, it’s time to move onward and upward.

Ending fan art commissions is my first step in getting my business back on track in the direction I want to be going.  This year, I will be expanding my collection of original works, creating more educational material, and generally doing more of what I want to do.  I will still be taking commissions, for now, for original characters, animals, pets, and fantasy creatures.  However, the plan is to one day phase out commissions completely.

I have been told “but you would make so much more money!” and “you would be so much more popular”, in reference to fan art.  But it goes so far beyond money and popularity.  It’s about enjoying the art I create and feeling good about it.  It’s about being known for my own original ideas, not the ideas of others.  It’s about following my own path and my own dreams.  I only have so much time each day.  I want to be spending it on what I WANT to be doing, not what will make me more money/make me more popular/etc.

While I am so happy to share with my viewers and see their reactions, at the end of the day, I make art for myself.  And if I am not happy, what’s the point?  Life’s too short to not love what you do and do what you love.  

(As a side note, I am not telling other people what to do here or looking down on anyone that does fan art.  This is just me explaining why I have decided to take the direction that I have.)


Website    Fantasy Creatures in Clay (book) Order Now

Sculpting Creatures and Critters : Online Class  @ Udemy

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Materials and Tools

Please read the description of any piece to see what materials I used for its construction.

My maquettes are constructed using Aves Apoxie SculptSuper Sculpey, and Sculpey Firm.  I also work with Monster Clay and create molds/casts from these sculpts.

My armatures consist of household aluminum foil, as well as aluminum armature wire.  I paint with Cel Vinylpaints, using both an airbrush and regular brushes.

I buy my wood bases at Jo-Ann, Michael's, and AC Moore.  They are available at most local craft stores in the US.  I am not familiar with where you can purchase them internationally, but factory direct craft sells wood bases and ships internationally.

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Concerning Sales

If a piece is for sale in my gallery, it will state so in the description.  If it does not mention being for sale, it was either a custom piece created for someone else or it has already been sold (or I am just not selling it!)  Please do not ask me to remake any pieces in my gallery; not only is this boring for me to do, it defeats much of the purpose of owning an original.  I do not mind sculpting the same character again, but it needs to be in a fresh light.

Check out the for sale section in my gallery to see a selection of works currently available for purchase.

A Note About Questions

I will no longer be responding to material related questions that can be answered with a simple Google search or that I have answered on this page.  I am not doing this to be mean.  I get a LOT of questions that I simply do not have the time to respond to.

If you have a questions about technique, PLEASE check my tutorials in my gallery to see that it isn't answered there first.  I put a lot of time and effort into those and they explain a majority of what I do.  

Group Requests

While I appreciate the motion,  I do not accept requests to unthemed groups or groups with themes that are irrelevant to the particular sculpture.  Please don't take it personally if I decline your group invitation.  I welcome themed group invitations, regardless of quality control.


Yes, I have comments turned off.  It is for a number of reasons, but mainly because I don't have the time to manage them.  If you need to get in touch with me, please use the contact form on my website,


All sculpture photos are taken by my Husband, Joe Coleman :iconphantom42:


Emily Coleman
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
United States
I am a sculptor based out of Orlando, Florida. My home is the heart of my inspiration. I love creatures, animals, and cartoons, which is reflected in my work. I also have a love for wildlife and nature




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Kenyu05KR Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Professional Filmographer
Hi Emily! just want to tell you that I have greatly improved my sculpting skills because of your book. You've no idea how grateful I am that a book such as your exists out there, and I've take the liberty to share it with my friends so they may pick it up themselves. I was wondering what type of Apoxy clay do you use? I am having a hard time finding one that doesn't dry in 2 hours. Thanks for answering! Best.
emilySculpts Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Professional Traditional Artist
i am so glad to hear that!  and thank you for spreading the word about my book.  i use Apoxie Sculpt, made by Aves.  Yes, it cures relatively quickly and has a learning curve because of that.  If you want to slow down the curing, you can add Sculpey to the Apoxie.  Mix equal parts of A, B, and Sculpey.  It extends the work time and gets rid of some of the tackiness that is inherent to Apoxie Sculpt.
CJM99 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015
Just want to shout out that I love your growing Arbori Collection. Wonderful clean cleverly designed fantasy pot pets :D
Keep up the awesome :)
ps. also looking forward to forest emperor updates ;)
emilySculpts Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you ever so kindly!  that really means a lot to me!
CJM99 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015
You are most welcome as I really mean it!
Llama Emoji-37 (Teehee) [V2] 
96037 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2015  Professional General Artist
Has there been any more progress on the forest emperor?
emilySculpts Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Not recently. I ran out of my kickstarter funds so I have had to save up for materials. Hopefully in the next month or two. Stay tuned to for the latest!
96037 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015  Professional General Artist
OK, thanks for the Update!I'll be watching! :3 Keep up the awesome work on the arboreals too!
Sarahdog2009 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy birthday!!!
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