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Discussion in 'Sculpting' started by quang, Jun 2, 2006.

  1. quang Active Member

    Hello Planeteers,

    Here's the development of my new 120mm figure.

    It's not meant to be a 'technical' SBS à la Gary Dombrowski, rather a pictorial record of a sculpting 'in action' and an entertaining (and hopefully instructive) subject of discussion.

    As usual, questions, comments and remarks are very welcome. :)



    STEP 1: The pose



  2. Ernest A Fixture

    looks like a nice project Quang, hope to see more progres soon...
    take care

  3. Ray Active Member

    What's it to be, frontierman? I'm eager to see him progress whatever he is to be though I hope for that already mentioned. :) I really love this pose, did the first time I saw it a few days ago, so natural and telling.

    I received you note earlier today, thank you for all of it, and plan a more addiquate response later when the mind is a little more active. :lol:

  4. marvin Member

    Lovely, I'm very interested in seeing how you tackle a figure like this from start to finish. Nice pose!

    - Marvin -
  5. lbfactory Well-Known Member

    salut le
    comment vas tu depuis Montrouge?
    this is very interesting to see how you start figure choose of the pose technics ...
    what would be the topic native indian?
  6. MAB Well-Known Member

    Hi Quang
    the mockup is in an interesting position
    you augurs good job and good amuse

    MAB :)
  7. Dan Morton A Fixture

    A well-balanced, natural-looking and poised pose. Cool! I look forward to seeing where you go with it.

    All the best,
  8. quang Active Member

    Thank you all for your comments!

    A few remarks about the importance of the pose.

    As Ray observed it, a pose can be revealing about the character and nature of the subject. Obviously you cannot imagine Queen Victoria in a pose like this one ;).

    As a general rule, I never attempt to reproduce an existing illustration or another work of art. As a professional, it would be like stealing from another fellow artist. But that doesn't prevent me to draw my inspiration from others. I can use a pose I like and adapt it to a subject of my own choice. In the present case, the inspiration for the pose is this picture:


    You may also notice that the groundwork is already at an advanced state compared to the figure. The reason is that I like to start from the ground up and that the very nature of the terrain would put me in the right mood for the subject (which in this state, was not determined yet).

    About the pose itself, I'll make sure that each body mass is in the correct position relative to the others. Check out the balance of the composition by drawing a (virtual) vertical line from the head down. Notice how this vertical line ends up on the right foot where most of the body weight is resting.

    If your stick figure can stay in position on its own (without being attached in any other way to the base), then you can be sure your balance is correct.

    Next step: FREEZING THE POSE

    Quang :)
  9. dario966 New Member

    how are you my friend?
    great subject! I love those westerns with old Charles Bronson. And Chato was one of his best!
    It would be nice is this figure would became an Apache (eg famous Chircahua medicine man and fighter Goyaale also known as Geronimo) so I am sure your end-result will be splendind.
  10. quang Active Member

    Hello Dario,

    It's NOT an Apache. The presence of the log hints for a damp and soggy climate. ;)

  11. dario966 New Member

    actually in Arizona you have plenty of logs, especially in the areas where Apaches loved to live, i.e. around springs and lakes, before they were kicked out to 'nice'places like San Carlos or those other 'good' places - so log was not a hint to me, but then it is even more intriguing :)
  12. quang Active Member

    You've got a point, Dario!

    Indeed, Apacheria was not as dry and dusty as Hollywood led us to believe. As a matter of fact, I already had a vague idea of what the subject would be when I started working on the base. So let's say that my vision of the log is a little 'biaised'. ;)

    Anyhow, here's the FREEZE UP! stage. Putty is applied at the body/limbs joint, spinal column and neck. It's also applied at where the feet should be to conform to the 'terrain'.


  13. quang Active Member

    Next, the gun was added. Conveniently, it came from the PiLiPiLi Hawkeye kit.

    A hole was drilled in the hand and the whole part inserted into the right arm wire.

    Poses where several parts of the body touch one another (like in this case, elbows resting on thighs, both hands holding an object) are tricky. The more contact points, the trickier the pose. It helps to have a prop to get everything in the correct position.



    Note the building-up of the legs. Work has also started on the face.

    Quang :)
  14. garyjd Well-Known Member

    Quang, It's great to see you posting some in progress work again. I look forward to seeing this fellow takes shape.~Gary
  15. John Belcher A Fixture

    Quang, Great subject.looks great.Looking forward to see him progress.Kind regards John :)
  16. zyclyon Active Member

    Hi Quang,

    you've got yourself another winner with this piece again! The subtle tilt of the shoulders running contrary to the pelvis and the "S" shape of the spine are finer naunces that adds to the natural look.


  17. Jimbo A Fixture

    Hi Quang
    Good to see that you are still sculpting in 120mm, great pose and very interesting, I'll be keeping a close watch on the progress of this figure as it looks sure to be yet another winner from you.

    Best Regards
  18. Dan Morton A Fixture

    Very instructive, Quang! I really like the way you're dealing with the balance issue particularly. Even if I had just the photos with the red lines on the armature bits to go on, I could follow your approach. Simple & easy to use. I wouldn't have thought of doing it that way. Thanks! :)

    All the best,
  19. Roy New Member

    He's looking very good already Quang, he definately has a 'look' about him, the tilt of the head makes him look kind of inquiring, as if his trying to get a bead on something in the distance.

    All the best...Roy.
  20. quang Active Member

    Thank you, friends and colleagues, for your comments. :)

    Back to our sculpt. Additional work is done to the face and the left arm and hand added. Once we're sure that both hands have a sure grip on the gun, the arms are 'freezed up' in their definitive position. Note the red alignment marks on the shoulder.


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