I asked Camille for some tips on sculpting as well as more about the process.
"Starting from a lump of clay, and tiny tools including toothpicks, sculpting a life-size or miniature baby begins. It takes many, many hours of patient concentration to form a realistic baby and finish with fine details - including wrinkles and fingernails. The babies have soft English mohair to imitate fine baby hair and are blushed with paints for realism to enhance their tiny wrinkles and creases.
A life-size baby takes me months to complete. Miniature babies take several days to several weeks, depending on how complex the sculpture is. It depends on how patient I am feeling, and how long I can concentrate at a time. Sometimes my eyes get tired sculpting in miniature, so I take many breaks. It is very time-consuming work.
I work with "Prosculpt" almost exclusively now. It has a good consistency and blends well. I try not to overwork the clay's "skin," trying to push the masses instead of dragging the skin layer very much. This helps keep a nice smooth outer layer. I use a 3 in 1 tool from www.artdolls.com for almost everything, except the baby's nostrils, which require a toothpick or a needle if the baby is very tiny.
Troubleshooting babies faces: If the baby looks "old man-ish" the eyes are too high up in the face, also probably the upper lip is too long. If it looks like an alien, the eyes are probably too far apart, or too big. If it looks like an animal/dinosaur - like it has a muzzle/snout - then the nose/under the nose area is too big or protruding.
That is the process in a nutshell or should we say an eggshell or seashell. Her work touches the heart and fascinates the eyes while evoking an element of awe.