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Sitting Duck Sculpt

Discussion in 'Just starting...' started by Jamie Stokes, Dec 14, 2008.

  1. Jamie Stokes Well-Known Member

    G'day all,
    well, for my first ever sculpt (and keeping in the spirit of silly season) chose to do a sculpt inspired by "Sitting Duck" picture. Bit silly, easy to achieve, and having fun fiddling with sculpey

    Gary JD has some threads on sculpting 101, which I am using as a manual, of sorts.

    First effort, I am pleased with the beak and general proportions, just didn't seem right. Plus I neglected to twist the wire work, so the putty was always sliding around.

    So redid the armature, bulked out the body with aluminium foil, and started with a squatter body, longer neck.

    Having fun, and learning as I go.


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  2. btavis Active Member

    I love Michael Bedard's paintings. I have had this one for years and it makes me laugh every time I look at it.

    I would relook at the duck's body. It is more triangular as opposed to the rectangular form you have. Also, you need to elongate the neck further. That is part of the humor. Good start nevertheless and I highly approve of the subject matter.
  3. tonydawe A Fixture

    Hi Jamie,

    Trust you to do something completely "off the wall" mate. I love it.

    My only suggestion is to look at the length of the neck. It seems a bit short to me compared to the picture.

    Keep going mate. Remember practice, not perfection.
  4. georch New Member

    What a great and funny thread!:) I really like the duck! As Tony have already written, the neck should be a bit thiner and longer, but it looks great!
    Keep us posted!
    Cheers: Zoli/georch
  5. Jamie Stokes Well-Known Member

    Thanks, will revisit the neck

    thank you BT Davis, Tony & Zoli.
    Will revisit the neck over the next week.

    Chose this so I have a high probability of success, rather then make my head explode by trying, oh, lets say a Marshall of Armies, Napoleonic era, with braid, sword etc in 40mm scale........

    Still, this is kinda fun, sculpting bug has bitten!!

  6. busso_boy New Member

    love ya work Jamie
  7. megroot A Fixture

    Nice work Jamie.

  8. Jamie Stokes Well-Known Member

    Thanks Guys

    Ian, Marc,
    thanks for the encouragement, appreciate it.

    This weekend is Duck season!!!

  9. vergilius New Member

    why didn't have this great idea !?
  10. Jamie Stokes Well-Known Member

    All modellers are slightly nuts

    ...Patrick, it may well be that you are a bit less nuts then me!!

    Besides, Belgium has rich history, has produced many fine artisans within the modelling field (particularly Figures), and is a "more mature" society.

    Australia (well, parts of it) is populated by the descendants of bush rangers and convicts, and the occasional free settler....

    We even prefer our beer cold; definitely not civilized...(but makes a great deal of sense given the summers here)

    Thanks for looking though!
  11. vergilius New Member

    one day I'll come over and visit your wonderful country
  12. Jamie Stokes Well-Known Member

    Duck now has a head!!!

    OK, back to pushing putty for a while....

    Added the head, neck and wings, as well as the webbed feet.

    I have him holding a styrene tube, so I can get the grasp right.

    Looking ok now, and I have included the first two efforts at sculpting; interesting to see evolution in progress.

    In the original print, he's drinking out of a glass. For my sanity's sake, and to get the sculpt finished, he is going to be drinking out of a can of cola, or something similar......

    Kicking some ideas around with Tony Dawe, might also do a "Holy Duck" (Duck with Halo), a "Tough Duck", Rambo-esque, and may even do a "Count Duckula" idea....oh, this is going to be fun!!!

    Thanks for looking, feedback welcome,
    and if some one can tell me how I could do either a "Digger Duck", Gallipoli, or perhaps even a "Duck of Flanders", Belgian Bicycle Infantry......:D;)

    All welcome....


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  13. tonydawe A Fixture


    Great to see you back working on this very cool project, and wonderful to see how quickly you've progressed from your first effort. Shouldn't he be holding a can of Quack Cola.

    A few more ideas for you to consider;

    "Duck Trucker" - the checked flannel shirt, baseball cap and beer belly;
    "Mother Ducker" - a Mafia-style wiseguy with a scar down his cheek;
    "Duck Rogers" - my favourite Daffy Duck episode
    "Digger Duck" - with slouch hat on head and ciggie in his beak
    "Duck Diggler" - A grossly over-endowed character from "Boogie Nights", and of course
    "Disco Duck" - no explanation needed to anyone over 30 years old.
  14. vergilius New Member

    Can't wait for more!!
  15. gothicgeek A Fixture

    then there's

    Duck Dodgers In The 25th And A Half Centuuuuuury!

    Daffy duck's most powerfull roll


    good work Jamie!


    sorry Tony just saw i double posted you! but it is daffy's best role :)

  16. Jamie Stokes Well-Known Member

    New duck idea.....

    "The Duck Knight"

    (tips hat to Heath Ledger)

    not quite sure how to do a duck Joker though...wrong kind of face!

    more pix soon!
  17. malepo New Member

    Wow this is very impressive.

    I love those Duck pictures.

    As I come from the aicrafts, what's about Duck Yeager or a Top Gun Duck also a Red Baron Duck would be nice
  18. Jamie Stokes Well-Known Member

    Malepo, cool stuff!

    like those ideas!!

    duck after baking in oven. Pretty raw, needs some more work for the next step!
    Smoothing some of the joins, fixing where the putty is rough/ thin, and the wires show through, may need to remove and pin the beak too.

    Baron von DuckHofften, Top Duck, Duck Yeager about to clamber aboard Glamorous Duckis...clunky, could work....:D;)


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  19. busso_boy New Member

    how about a racing "duck rod" ?

    a hunting duck, complete with wooden human decoy?

    keep up the good work and see you in a couple of weeks time
  20. Maglar Member

    I dont think I will ever sculpt.. too frustrating for a guy like me, i'll stick to the resin. But as for you Janus, finish this duck and bring it to life!! :D

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