I decided to make this a bust kind of thing instead of a figurine, so I started by taking a lump of clay about an inch tall and wide and I shaped this to be his chest, shoulders, and his back. Then I put a slightly bigger piece on the top for his head. From this piece I started the nose and also the neck and a little bit of the head. Next I added his big floppy ears on the sides and I widened the head a little bit.
Step 2: Get into the Detail
Now that the basic shape of Dobby was done, it was time to start all the detail work. To start, I lengthened the nose and, using a barbecue skewer, I dug out the little part where the nostrils meet the face. Also, poke two little holes where the nostrils go. I took my smallest finger and started to scoop out the eye sockets. I noticed in pictures of dobby how his eyebrow section extends or is even raised above the rest of his face. so to do this I rolled up little tiny logs of clay and just squished these above the eye socket place. I kept doing this until I thought that it looked pretty good. Next I made two small spheres of clay and squashed them flat and I took these and put them in the eye sockets. Dobby's eyes are really big so try to get them just right. I also used the barbecue skewer to make all the wrinkles in dobby's face. Be sure to get most of them.