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    Samurai, other stuff and something new....

    Hey guys.

    Not posted here before and thought that I should. Iv been a lurker for a long while and seen some amazing stuff and thought I should share some of mine for once. Have a butchers. comment all you want...


    The work that im posting is my degree work from last year which a friend of mine had finally got me to post. The samurai is base on the 6th samurai from Seven Samurai by Akira Kurosawa. The sculpt is about the 'spirit of bushi' and the speed and craft of japanese sword play. The motion is that he is just about to flick his sword out and slay his opponent in a matter of seconds with one swift movement and the blade back in its sheath with a second.

    ‘He is a complete professional; we know this because we have seen him fight. He says very little, is closed, and—like his sword itself—only uses himself when he needs to. We know that he is lethal, though peaceful. He incorporates the true spirit of bushi.’

    Donald Richie – ‘The Films of Akira Kurosawa’
    - Figure cast in Resin



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    The lighting was a bit poor in the show, and I hope peolpe can see the images clearly.

    To accompany the samurai I made a replica sword.

    Here I have created a fully functional model of a samurai sword. All the parts have been hand crafted keeping to the traditional methods of making though using alternate materials. The blade has been carved out of beach wood, and the scabbard is formed from layered MDF that was then sealed with liquid plastic. The sword guard (tsuba), pommels (fuchi and kashira) , and palm ornaments (menuki) have been sculpted, cast in plastic and then painted to the desired effect. The collar (habaki), and metal spacers (seppa) were formed from 6mm sheet plastic.

    The design for the sword guard is based on an old tsuba made some time in the Muromachi period (1338 – 1573) with the design of a monkey reaching for the moons reflection. It is an interpretation of man going about the wrong way to be enlightened, as the allegory of the monkey stretching as far as he can to grab the reflection of the moon in water. He cannot understand that he is looking in the wrong place. I have then continued this story in the rest of the parts.

    Under the binding on the handle, textured latex is used to mimic ray skin. This is used as extra grip in the handle when fighting in the rain or if blood got on to the handle.


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    Thank you for viewing. I hope you like.
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    those hands are awesome. the stance is very expressive. awesome work!
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    wow. this is gorgeous. love the crisp folds in the kimono. and that replica sword is beautiful.
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    outstanding craftsmanship!!!
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    thanks guys for the comments I have a few more details and work in progress shots for both but have to sift through a years work of documenting and whittle the list down to a few rather than a millions as id love to share the whole process but youd be looking at nearly 3000 images.

    but anyhow got to get on with work so ill post em up a bit later.
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    I guess you really know the character and the subject well, cause you know almost every detail on it. post some more and good luck.
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    The effort and detail you put into the sword are unbelievable! I also agree with a previous poster, the hands are very well done and have a real sense of movement . Great job all around!

    -Sam
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    I'm speechless, that sculpture is simply gorgeous and so realistic.
    Great job!
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    Indredible.

    I'm.
    wow.
    i'm speechless.
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    Amazing job!!! Is it cast bronze or is it some other material with a patina made to replicate bronze? Great stance. Replica sword and scabbard really well done.
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    I ANT ALK IGHT (my jaw is against the floor from this awesome sculpt)
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    Incredible! Great movie, BTW, more people should see it. Anyhow, your work is amazing, and we'd love to see more!
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    woofer - thankyou, in fact i wrote my dissertation on Akira Kurosawa and his films and life and how his work actually influenced the western directors with the release of Rashomon in 1952 that won him best film in the film awards at that time. and then how he in tern took influence from shakespeare in his later epics.

    acornboy - Thankyou ill be posting some more of the swrod in a second post.

    Eva K - thankyou. it was actually my first life size sculpt!

    a la bapsi - thankyou too

    maxblack - thankyou. it was cast n resin backed with fibreglass pigmented black and then painted.

    Gemlock - thanks

    Atrensis - and finally thanyou too, id recomend all his films especially his first one - Sugata Sanshiro which is really hard to get hold of on dvd.

    here some more of the samurai they are some of the process shot going from sculpting moulding casting and finishing.

    Samurai, other stuff and something new....

    starting with a rough outline of the body first to get the anatomy before going on the the fabric.

    Samurai, other stuff and something new....

    Samurai, other stuff and something new....

    the arms were cut off so i could get into the folds in the beltline and for ease of moulding. the hands were then sculpted and moulded sepparatly.

    Samurai, other stuff and something new....

    i used plaster to mould in cause the collage supplied it and it was free... otherwise it would have been about a grand in silicone and fibreglass just for the mould...

    Samurai, other stuff and something new....

    once plaster is dry you resin into the mould and squeese peices back together and chip the plaster off the next day.

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    Samurai, other stuff and something new....

    hands - silicone plaster flood mould.

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    attaching the arms.

    Samurai, other stuff and something new....

    sword hand sculpted with sword in - sword detail sculpted in super sculpy moulded in silicone and cast in fastcast plastic - (easyflo 60 - fantasic stuff)

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    details of paintjob.

    I hope all who view have enjoyed viewing and i thank you for viewing.

    ed.
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