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Latorre Pirate bust finished!

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Sambaman, Apr 25, 2006.

  1. Sambaman Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    OK folks, here is my latest finished piece. Just got him done this morning! This is the aboslutely fantastic Latorre Models Pirate bust. I have to admit, I'm a HUGE fan of Latorre's work and that is what drew me to this piece. The fit and finish on this kit were fantastic. A real pleasure to work on.

    I have to say one thing about this sculpt though, this guy comes off looking just a bit on the "soft" side for a pirate to my liking. So, in painting this piece I tried to make him look a bit more "hardened". First thing I added was of course the eye patch. No self-respecting pirate sails around without an eye patch right? With that, I also added the scar that presumably forces him to wear that patch, and a large continuation of that scar on his shoulder. (Maybe a bit too big in the end, but I'll tone it down next time!) Then I decided he also needed the 5'oclock shadow and a nice tanned look. I also added a bullet hole to the hat to show his experience and give the feeling of a close call. He also got the tattoo on the chest of the stylized octopus. I wanted something unique here, and I didn't wan't to do what had already been done on the box art of a skull and crossed swords. I also thought he showed too much peck on the left side not to have any sort of nipple showing there, so as you can see I nipped-him-up one there. The plinth is scratch built from a wood dowel (painted wood grain detail), and evergreen styrene to resemble a mooring post of some sort. The rope adds a bit more nautical touch and is made from craft jute. All resting on a Thomas Art wood base.

    Sorry to go on so, hope you like him! Any and all comments are more than welcome!

    Jay H.
    OKC

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  2. ArturM Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Poland
    Awesome work, Jay! In my opinion, this is the best version of this bust.
    I like the tatoo! :)

    Best regards
    Artur
  3. modelix Active Member

    HELLO JAY

    IT´S A FANTASTIC WORK!!!!

    FANTASTIC SKINTONE AND HAT TOO!!!

    REGARDS

    VITALINO CHITAS
  4. Sambaman Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Vitalino, Artur,
    thanks for the kind words! I did have fun with the tattoo and the large hat.

    Jay H.
    OKC
  5. Guy A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    AWESOME............really love the Pirate Jay.......the exceptional work you did with the patch and scar...........outstanding.
  6. Kisifer Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Greece
    Fantastic work indeed Jay. Your additions really make this exceptional piece even better. One of the best versions I have ever seen. Way to go.

    Xenofon
  7. pkw4 Active Member

    Country:
    Italy
    Hi Jay
    superb job.A classic
    congratulations
    Roberto
  8. brian A Fixture

    Country:
    Scotland
    Very,very nice indeed, love the leatherwork and would love to know how you got that worn cracked look on his sword belt.
    Brian
  9. KeithP Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Well done. All of your mods really improve an already nice piece from Latorre.

    (y) Very cool!

    Keith
  10. mahross New Member

    Jay - This is a great bust. Nice muted tones makes him look fantastic. The rope around the base is a nice touch too.

    Ross :)
  11. godfather Member

    very very nice work. I really like the leather and skin tones. Is that acrylics or oils?
  12. Joe Hudson Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Jay,

    Very, very nice. I have to admit one of the best versions of this guy. I hope to see it at Tulsa this year.

    Joe
  13. arthur Member

    Country:
    Canada
    Jay,
    (y) Very COOL (y)
    You captured the rough look of the buccaneer in this guy perfectly.
    Excellent touch with the tattoo,..nice blueish tint to it ;)

    Cheers,
    A.

    P.S. Love the plinth
  14. nagashino New Member

    Hi Jay

    That is VERY special! The skin tones are excellent - just the right tan, and the whole thing is just so good. I do like this piece, it reminds me a little of Robert Mitchum every time I see it.

    Love that hat!! :lol:

    Good stuff!

    Regards

    Phil
  15. captnenglish Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Jay,
    You have greatly improved what may already be a fantastic bust. I too have bee put off by the somewhat "soft" appearance of this piece, being a long time fan of all things pirate, but after seeing yours I might just rethink doing this kit.
  16. John Long Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Very nice Jay. The tattoo has an excellent homemade look to it. Brilliantly understated paint scheme overall. I really like how you've him mounted to the base.
  17. PJ Deluhery Active Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Jay, an excellent version of this teriffic figure. The leathers and overall skin coloring are excellent. You're right, this guy needed a little toughening up.
  18. Sambaman Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Everyone, thank you!!!!!! I really appreciate the kind words.

    Guy, Xenofon, Roberto, Ross, Kieth, Joe, Matthew, thanks for the compliments!

    Brian, I painted the belt over all first. Laying out the basic shades and giving it a lighter tone toward the top. While it was still wet I used my lightest highlight color and streaked the edges from the outside in, then blended and refined them a bit using my shadow color. It took some pratice and trial and error, but it paid off in the end. I was inspired from Ernest's pirate he did some time ago.

    Talino, I use oils. I base coat in acrylics, and might sneak in some acrylic or enamel here and there, but the over all piece is entirely oils.

    Arthur, I actually had this made before I even started the figure! I knew I had to have something that had a bit more "nautical" feel to it for this piece.

    John, I tried specifically for a "primitive" feel to the tattoo. I had to guess tattooing was in its infancy at this time and the more simple the better. I'm glad you like it!

    Phil, that's damn funny. Robert Mitchum, huh.....now I do see the resemblance! :lol:

    I hope I didn't miss anyone, thanks again!

    Jay H.
    OKC
  19. godfather Member

    what oil/acyrlic colours do you use for the leather?
  20. Sambaman Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    Pat, thanks for the compliments! Yeah, he needed a little roughing-up, but a fantastic piece for sure.

    Talino, I basically used (oils) raw umber, Cad red, yellow ochre and white. If I remeber correctly this area was undercoated with raw umber acrylics as well. I always mix up a shadow, mid-tone and highlight for the area I'm painting. In this case raw umber and cad red cut with differing amounts of ochre and white depending on how light I wanted to go. HTH,

    Jay H.
    OKC

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