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SCULPTING 101 STEP BY STEP

Discussion in 'Sculpting' started by garyjd, Feb 24, 2006.

  1. garyjd Well-Known Member

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    United-States
    John, Thanks. I get the best results when there is a shaped foundation to fix the sheet to. You could just take a sheet and glut the upper portion to the figure and then use your tools to make the folds. It's the hardest way to do it and you have to keep playing with the putty until it's rigid enough to keep itself in place. This works especially well for doing flags.~Gary
  2. garyjd Well-Known Member

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    Stephen, that's a great idea, I'll have to pick some up.~Gary
  3. TorMag Member

    Noobie post: But what is plasticine?

    Thanks

    Tor
  4. garyjd Well-Known Member

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    United-States
    Modelling clay that comes in various colors. It's a big step up from Play Doh which dries out quickly.~Gary
  5. MAB Well-Known Member

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    Italy
    Gary Thanks for the clarifications
    I have understood that the Sculpey to be too much hard for my tastes.
    I augur to you good to continue
    you go to the large one.

    MAB (y)
  6. bonehead A Fixture

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    United-States
    Hey Gary,

    Interesting technique. I REALLY love the face on this figure. He really looks weary. Excellent!

    I have one small critique though. That pic of your buddy in the tunic is an excellent reference. It always pays to have something like this at hand when sculpting clothing, especially when the pose is unusual and does unexpected things to the clothing, as here. The thing I have noticed that you did not quite get in your sculpted piece is the role that gravity plays in the way the coat is hanging from his upraised arm.

    In the 3/4 view pic of your finished coat piece, it seems to be angling away from his body at about 20 degrees or so off of vertical. If you look again at your reference pic, you will see that the one big furrow (fold) that hangs lowest on the coat front hangs straight up and down. It also comes quite close to his body at this point. This dead vertical fold is important to represent the "weight" of the coat. Otherwise it looks like the thing is floating a bit.

    The easy fix for this would be to add some putty to the back of the coat "skirt" at this point to build this area closer to his body. Once this is hardened it is then an easy matter to carve out more material from the front to get that furrow closer to his body. I find I have to make these kind of minor adjustments all the time, so have vast experience at dealing with them!

    I look forward to seeing this piece finished. The face and pose are really awesome and the finished piece will certainly come across as such......!

    Mike
  7. garyjd Well-Known Member

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    United-States
    Mike, Thanks for the critique, I really appreciate it. I did notice that it does not match the photo and attitude of the folds as it should right away. I plan on attaching this piece permanently once I finish the detail of the jacket lining. Once attached, the piece will be strengthened by being backfilled. Since the jacket will be made entirely of putty I plan on using sandpaper and files to finalize the "hang" of the jacket. I will be refering to your observations when the time comes to do them. Though I do not like patting myself on the back, I really worked hard to get a weary look to the guys face. Though I'm sure there are little things here and there that can be improved upon, it's been one of the most rewarding projects I've ever done. Thanks again~Gary
  8. TorMag Member

    Go ahead and pat yourself on the back......

    Tor
  9. ArturM Well-Known Member

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    Poland
    Awesome! It will be a great figure, Gary.

    cheers
    Artur
  10. Roy New Member

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    United-Kingdom
    Hi Gary...a magnificent SBS so far...very interesting...really love the way the face looks and the attitude of the figure as a whole...this is indeed going to be a special piece.
    Looking forward to the jacket taking shape now..

    All the best...Roy.
  11. KIMBEARLYS Member

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    United-States
    Hi Gary,
    This is truely a masterpiece. Just wondering? How long does it take you to sculpt one figure?
    I love your tutorial too! The best I have ever seen.
    Thanks so much!
    Kimbearly
    P.S. Do you know where to get the brass rods on the internet? I can get them at a train store near by, but the selection is horrible.
  12. garyjd Well-Known Member

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    Tor, Thanks. :)


    Artur, Thak you too.~Gary
  13. garyjd Well-Known Member

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    United-States
    Roy, I appreciate the kind words. Sculpting this figure has been a little time consuming, mostly because of the need to take all of the pictures. Because of the pace I've been able to put a lot of time into the sublties of the figure.~Gary
  14. garyjd Well-Known Member

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    United-States
    Kimbearly, thank you for the kind words. A figure/bust can take me anywhere from a few months (rare) to several months. My Vbench may be one way to gauge this as I will normally post an sbs (step-by-step) while I'm in the process of sculpting the piece.~Gary


    As for the brass, maybe this link will be of help. The hobby shop i buy my brass from is about 1 1/2 hours from my house and I make trips there as needed.

    http://www.modeltool.com/kands/kandsindex.html
  15. KIMBEARLYS Member

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    United-States
    Thank-you so much! I have learned so much from you. :)
    Kimbearly
  16. Tomas Member

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    Spain
    Hola Garyjd,
    Always follow your instructives SBS,you are really, an excellent model designer
    maker,very,very thechnnical procedure.Well done...
    Keep on Modelling,as you know. :)
    Regards,

    Tomas
  17. garyjd Well-Known Member

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    United-States
    Tomas, Thank you very much. I appreciate the kind words.~Gary
  18. Orlando New Member

    MAGNÍFICO !!!!!

    In the name of the love!
    In the name of God!
    More more more please!!!!!
  19. tete2noeud New Member

    Your step-by-step is really excellent.
    A big tx
  20. garyjd Well-Known Member

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    United-States
    Orlando, Thank you very much. I try to post something every few days if possible. There is more to come. :) ~Gary

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