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Thats all I build, all my figures are paper mache.
You probably already saw my site but here is my link http://www.ventriloquistsideshow.com/
I build my heads on a clay covered armature, then cut the head in half to remove the clay.
I think I have photos on my page.
Sorry I am so slow to respond.
No I don't know of any books specific to figure making in paper mache.
I work directly on top of a plastiline clay covered armature.
Then cut the head in half and remove the clay.
the two halves are layered with more paper to hold them together.
Paper clay works well to add features.
use a good wood glue, heavy paper and be patient. It takes a lot of time.
You have to add a little hear and remove a little there. To get parts to fit right.
I basically make 1/2 inch thick paper mache and carve it like wood.