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    Deon's Ultra Noob Sculpture Attempt - <NEW anatomy sculpt>

    Ok - here goes...
    A colleague brought this magical stuff called Super Scupley to work the other day, and I was like AWESOME!! Where do I get me some of that??

    A couple of days later, and I've started my first sculpture project in 15 years!

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    Here's my design for my sculpture - an old character of mine...
    I decided to go the whole hog and do a 1:6 scale full sculpture of him - wish me luck!
    Armed with some awesome tutorials, I have almost finished the armature - just need to go get that pesky tin foil tomorrow....
    The head and left fore-arm are designed to come off for easy manipulation later.

    Crits and comments welcome - I have a LOT to learn..

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    Starting with a Vitruvioid is a really good idea.

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    Great start Deon! cant wait to see those little critters.

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    Joshua - thanks, I got the idea from a tut.
    Mr Animation - you keep me exited

    Okay - so here's tonight's progress...
    I have bulked out the torso and hips.
    I just worry that I bulked the hips too much - oh well we'll see.
    I think modeling my skeleton man on a perfect Vitruvian man may have been a bit of a mistake, because my character has stylistically long legs, so already I can see the the hips may be too low. Next time I will do a sketch-over.
    I totally forgot to bind the foot wires for the base before I put putty on the feet, so I just poked some holes in there - hope that works...

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    nice start mate ...thanx for posting the wips .... waiting for the next update

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    nice start mate ...thanx for posting the wips .... waiting for the next update

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    agrmrs - thanks and no problemo! - here's the next one...

    Sorry - not much progress tonight...
    I spent most of the night fighting with wires that were too thin or too thick, trying to get this bastard mounted to the base.
    I ended up having to do some serious surgery to the feet, but he's mounted relatively solid now, using two twisted loops through the re-shaped foot wires and base.
    More epoxy putty to set the pose in place and ta-da!
    I still need to put feet on the base to lift the twisted wires off my work table....so off to the hardware store tomorrow..AGAIN! Jeesh every time I think I have everything, I get home at night, just to realize I need another something...grrr
    I ordered some sculpting tools online - those should be here tomorrow - just in time so I can sculpt in peace all weekend!! yay!

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    Haha! Looking Pro Deon! and i see your putting your Kung Fu training weights to good use
    I cant wait to see this pick up, a meticulous, skilled guy like yourself is going to have some interesting end results, im sure!
    Good Luck man!

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    MrAnimation - thanks - pro? I dont know about that...

    Ok - tonight's update - got a lot more done tonight, but first some pics of my work area - at last I can just relax and sculpt!
    -I managed to solve my base foot problems with four loop screws. They make for great adjustable feet, so no wobbly statue!
    -I started laying on the under layer of muscle, using my anatomy book as reference - I just have one question about Sculpey - I'm layering quite loose at the moment. Wont that leave air pockets all over the place that could cause problems when baking? I'm just wondering if that is something to be careful of?

    I'm pretty happy so far - I just think the head may be too big - I will see later.
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    Looking good so far! CAn''t wait to see more!

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    maddmaestro - thanks for the encouragement

    OK - tonight's progress: Laying on the bulk of the muscle, and it turns out the head wasn't too big after all - yay me
    I must say - I haven't had this much projecty fun in a while!!!

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    The legs look great! I'm diggin this guy!

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    WOW Dude! Its looking sooooo good!!

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    Very impressive, the fact that it's one of your first makes it even more amazing. Looking forward to the progress. Excellent work!

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    Looking good!

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    Thanks for looking, everyone

    Not that much new today - it's been insanely hot and my brain is fried
    Been working on the arms mostly - and really struggling with the muscles on his forearms.
    Luckily his alien muscle structure should be a bit forgiving if I get it wrong, but I have been agonizing over details. Once I'm happy with the muscles, I will start laying on the clothing...

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    Looks like you've got the muscle structure worked out pretty well--and hey, for something you're calling an "ultra noob sculpture attempt" it's looking fantastic. Looks like a fun character. Kind of cheeky. What's the story with the little critters, anyway?

    Insanely hot huh? We just got buried in snow here! (northeast US) Not sure of the exact total, but it's up above my knees.

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    I know what you mean about the heat Deon, Durban is meant for a colony of sentient steaks... any way I'm really looking forward the seeing those little critters. Are you going to make a stage or background?

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    Looking very good!!!! I cannot wait to see more.

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    Hi, I've been watching your progress and I can see that there is no going back for you now. I am afraid that you are totally hooked, but not to worry, it's a good thing. Isn't it great the way time flies by when you are sculpting?
    This guy looks really good, really, really good. Keep up the good work.
    Strange to hear of heat right now. I am warming my toes in front of my little space heater, as I sit in Florida. It's a topsy turvy world !!!

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    Thanks for takeing the time to update the WIPs! Looking forward to seeing more!

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    U think Florida is cold, try the weather here in Buffalo, NY! It sucks and is freezing!

    Sculpt keeps getting better Deon! I had a chance to look at some of your illustrations and they would make fantastic sculpts too! Stick with it and keep up the good work!

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    Jiangzu - thanks for the kind comments - There is a story behind him. I designed him a long time ago for a comic project that I work on once in a blue moon. Let's just say he helps out little critters a lot
    MrAnimation - I intend to do a detailed base.
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    Mah 'Crub - You are sooo right - I'm hooked I should've been in bed an hour ago!
    Cleverdart - it's a pleasure
    Maddmaestro - thanks and thanks for looking at my illo's
    And everyone - yes - I am literally SWEATING over my sculpt over here - not kidding - does anyone know how sweat affects sculpey?

    Update - been detailing the muscles and making sure they are accurate. And also the face. I used 4mm ball bearings for the eyes which makes life a lot easier - but jeesh working that detail is hard!

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    Lovin' the face Deon!

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    the face is great and I love the character,congratulations and thanks for pots it.

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    really beautiful !

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    man those eyes add so much life to him! he's kind of got that "hu, who's over there?' look. /applaud

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    maddmaestro - thanks - the expression is very important to me.
    Aizkur - thanks for looking
    MrAnimation - not exactly the look I was going for - but I have worked on it more since that photo

    OK - updates - started adding the clothing with sculpey firm at last, worked the muscle detail and face more and added a test loin cloth and shoulder critter just so I can see where I'm going with this...

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    You r doing a wonderful job of sticking to your original concept Deon! This guy has so much character, and you are doing a great job of translating it into the third dimension! Keep up the good work my friend!

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