The sculpture in this demo is called "The Snarl". It shows a fisherman on a wharf, holding a tangle of lobster trap lines ( locally called a snarl ) with a none-too-happy expression on his face. Buoys and a "folk art" seagull complete the scene.
Small figures can be made solid but larger ones should be hollow to reduce the risk of moisture being trapped in the clay and exploding in the kiln.
There are several ways to accomplish the hollow figure.
This instructable is on a method I like to use.
The sculpt is based on a figure that would be 12 inches tall if he were standing erect.