The first blocking in form, he's starting to show up. The clay is so soft that just holding it makes an impression so i'm trying to get over shaping one area without disturbing another. When i was trying to shape and round out the shoulder i ended up molding the chest and belly, compacting the clay into the body, making him thinner. So i had to scrape it off and try again. Applying it in small strips is a good careful way to build without being destructive. Once i get his basic shape down i'm guessing it's best to start working from head to toe
I'm using an empty picture frame(glass taken out) for the working base. It's nice because its a portable workspace and its large enough so I don't have to worry about getting clay all over the place, the board is very solid, and it's cheap.