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Sculpting build log part: The Second

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by elanlane13, Dec 31, 2018.

  1. elanlane13 A Fixture

    Hellcat Pilots build log Part: The Second
    The second part of the build log (with accompanying smudgy snaps) shows the development of the Fleet Air Arm pilot. After basic mannequin build up I always sculpt the head next. While proportion is key to a figure, for me the head is the most important part. If its wrong the whole figure will feel wrong. The head was sculpted using Bees Putty. I wanted a bearded face, to make the figure a little different and ensured I had reference for this. If a commercial piece is being sculpted accuracy is important. Any error will be criticised by someone!

    The head helps also with proportions. A standard figure should be 7.5 heads tall (heroic figure 8 heads tall). It also begins to give the figure attitude and helps develop the pose.
    The next step was to add more detail to the legs. This pilot wears shorts so the legs needed detail and were built up with Bees Putty. Once the legs were done the shorts were added, again with Bees Putty. Some work was also done to correct the position of the crotch. The actual shorts are made from a cotton which creases a great deal so it was important for this to be represented.
    In the third part I will update on the US Navy pilot and realise I have wasted my time with some detail work !

    DSC_0796 (002).jpg DSC_0787 (002).jpg DSC_0788 (002).jpg DSC_0821 (002).jpg DSC_0822 (002).jpg DSC_0825 (002).jpg faahellcat-pilot-fareast.jpg
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  2. Viking Bob PlanetFigure Supporter

    I have not built an aircraft since I was a kid, looks like I may build a Hellcat.
    elanlane13 likes this.
  3. Nap Moderator

    Hi Rob

    Great set of whiskers on this fellow as well as nicely creased shorts

    So your going to be painting a red thing with horns, a pointed tail and a trident then .....lol,

    Must admit I do like Robs sculpts even those with those dangly things called legs and the trademark "smudgies" .......and this will I am sure be popular

    Thanks for sharing

  4. elanlane13 A Fixture

    Thank you for the feedback. Instalment 3 will be out tomorrow.
    Viking Bob likes this.

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