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WIP Critique Films About Ghosts- 54mm original

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Stephen Ward, Oct 25, 2011.

  1. Stephen Ward Active Member

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    United-States
    Hey guys. Didn't know what to do after my shadowbox project but listening to one of my favorite bands, Counting Crows, gave me some inspiration. Below is the dreadlocked frontman, Adam Duritz, whose crazy hair flailing around and intense presence on stage I thought could make a neat piece.
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    This is the pose I'm doing, and it's gonna be an interesting one to pull off.
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    Here it is so far. Lots of Blu-Tac is needed to support it until things get glued together and sculpted to one another. The mic stand will obviously be much longer on the finished piece.
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    This one should be exciting. BTW, the title 'Films About Ghosts' is a reference to a lyric from one of their records--"if dreams are like movies then memories are films about ghosts." Lemme know what you think guys.

    Cheers, Stephen
    gdt, pipetrepid, Wigdog and 2 others like this.
  2. Meehan34 A Fixture

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    United-States
    This should be cool. I like this band too.
  3. housecarl A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Should be good.
    Carl.
  4. Stephen Ward Active Member

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    United-States
    Thanks guys...yeah Mike I'm a big fan of the band and when I saw this picture I knew I just had to make the piece.
  5. Wigdog Active Member

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    United-States
    Stephen, this is so cool - love the idea and the start. Will enjoy following your progress on this one! Regards, Dave
  6. pipetrepid Active Member

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    United-States
    stephen, very cool!
  7. Stephen Ward Active Member

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    United-States
    Much appreciated gents.
  8. Stephen Ward Active Member

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    United-States
    Just some quick progress shots of the head. Added the closed eyelids which need some work to define the lower lid and started the dreadlocks. They're not too tough to do thanks to the properties of Duro. More soon.
    Cheers, Stephen

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  9. John Long Active Member

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    United-States
    The dreadlocks look pretty convincing Stephen. I'll reserve comment on the body until after you get it fleshed out a little, but I think you may need to be careful with the hips the way they look right now.
  10. Stephen Ward Active Member

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    United-States
    Thanks John. Any suggestions on what to tweak in regards to the hips to get it right? It's just mocked up in the pic but I will be locking in the pose soon and wanna make sure I get it dialed in properly.
  11. megroot A Fixture

    Country:
    Netherlands
    Looking good.
    How do you manage that duro this way.
    It holds on everything except the place where it should be hold.

    Marc
  12. Stephen Ward Active Member

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    United-States
    Marc, it's not too bad...start by rolling a tiny ball of it into a 'dreadlock' and setting it down on whatever smooth surface you sculpt on. Pick it up gently with your sculpting tool on the end to be attached to the head. The real kicker with making them stay in place is to lay down a really thin layer of fresh Duro for the bits to attach to, then place 'em, secure 'em to the head and manipulate 'em with a slightly wet sculpting tool so they won't stick to it.
  13. Meehan34 A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    love it so far.
  14. John Long Active Member

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    United-States
    I responded to your PM. But I think what you should do is redo the pelvis and hips. Take a good look at a skeleton and see how the lower body goes together. If you get this right, you're going to be golden.
  15. Stephen Ward Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Thanks John, I shot you a PM. Hopefully this looks more in line with the way it should be looking. Let me know if there's anything else I can do to tweak it before it's at the point of no return.
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  16. John Long Active Member

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    United-States
    Much better. Keep anatomy in mind when you're fleshing it out too. Also be aware of the flexibility of the lower back. I think you're on the right track.
  17. Stephen Ward Active Member

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    United-States
    Thanks man. Still some things to work out but I am a lot happier with the look of the pose now: it's a bit more fluid and not so stiff. Will keep your suggestions in mind. Much appreciated John.

    -Stephen
  18. Stephen Ward Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Just a quick shot in the form of a mock up of this guy. Sculpting is getting close to being complete, just touch-ups & attaching the right hand and painting will commence on the body. Cheers, Stephen
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  19. jimmy1969 Member

    Country:
    China
    Although I don't let him, but admire can he do that to :)
  20. Meehan34 A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    yeah! looking great my man.

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