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Although a small sculpture can be created in wax or clay without an armature usually any work that is created has an armature.   The basic purpose of the armature is to provide a solid support to the modeling material so its major structural elements wont deform during the modeling process.   The armature represents a simplified skeletal structure - depending on the design there may be an inside armature or an outside armature or a combination of both. 

The modeling medium - clay, wax, plasticene, plaster - each demands its own specific knowledge of technique.  After the medium has been chosen for its specific characteristics it is then applied over the armature.  First by defining a basic skeleton and then the muscle structure.  Features like the hands face, hair take additional time to refine to the artists concept.  This refining process continues until the artist is satisfied that the piece is "completed" and has achieved the vision he/she wants the artwork to embody. 

Sculptors will spend years learning or training in their modeling techniques constantly improving their technique in order to become a "master" sculptor. 

Andrew Sculpting