Two big improvements this week:
1. Custom sculpting tool! I might put up a photo tomorrow; I took a straight dental tool, bashed the end repeatedly with a hammer and ground the tip to a knife shape. I now have a sculpting tool with an end that is about a quarter of the size of a normal one, and it is VERY useful. In fact, I would say even to the experts out there to go and make one. Even if you're good at using just the tip of a sculpting tool, having a tiny blade allows easier access under the arms and between the legs.
2. Flat.. flat, flat, flat. Flatter, flatter, flatter... A tip from Zorro helped me out here, I've realized that I need to make the basic shape of the torso VERY flat; it's a flat curvy shape. Flat, flat, flat! It's midnight, I'm dog tired, and I'd really love to do some more work on the figure in front of me right now, but I can't keep my eyes open. At last, finally I have a torso that looks like it should.
It's almost comical. I have spent YEARS trying to figure it out, and when I did it took all of 5 minutes!