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Congratulations for the tutorial.
I´ve seen your web and really wonderful works there(weel, you know that already )
I only would like to tell you that very impressive, thank you man.
ive been watching it from the beginning, and ive learned alot from this.
thank you very much for sharing your knowlege! :chug: :beer:
I wont fail now
Well I'm no sculpture, mainly because the techniques are so mysteriously innaccessable! Thanks for sharing, this looks like a fun project, I'd love to try sometime when I take a break from my drawing and painting. I would love to buy a book...either as a collected works or a how-to version.
My son and I both loved the Draco dragon on that movie, he is 3.
You're very talented and may you recieve many happy karmic returns for spending the time to write this tutorial.
I was fortunate enough to recently have taken up a DSL connection and have enjoyed the flexibility of going back and forth through the thread in lightspeed. This has been an incredible tutorial and I'm sure to come back to reference it in the future.
In case I missed something, would you mind telling us what single factor you believe has best contributed to your ability to create such a "believable" creature. I probably know the answer to this already, but...
The thing is, you have captured some basic elements of both human and animal anatomy and reconfigured them into your creature in such a way that it is highly realistic, although we know in our mind that such a creature doesn't really exist (?). I think that even artists sometimes forget how important the basics are to achieving the master stature. I know that some in the "fine arts" fields might think that the knowledge of anatomy is, in today's twisted world, inconsequential to the value we can place in an artist's body of work.
I have always admired, and can only hold the highest regard, those artists--such as yourself--who have done their legwork and toiled their way through learning the very difficult nuances of how anatomy works. Of course, this is only but one aspect that makes this tutorial so spectacular, but I would be interested in hearing from your personal take on how significant knowing the basics of anatomy has been in your work.
Cheers to you! :chug:
Sorry guys, I've been all jammed up here, I will respond to your great replies next week....Big Thanks again! :hearts:
Smellybug: I used to buy Cinefex many years ago, and marvelled at the esoteric film making process. My eye would always linger on the phenomenal maquettes. I remember seeing a long haired guy in a t-shirt with a Walkman sculpting something for Jurrasic Park. Was that you? I forget which issue it was, but it made a lasting impression on me.
Without this phenomenal tutorial I wouldn't know where to start.
You have my eternal gratitude.
I hope to post some of my own work soon.
drunk, tired and incoherrent
i just laid the finished maquette over the initial concept drawing in photoshop, and its pretty fucking amazing. i think you improved on the overall creature phenominally in the finished maquette. you are so the man petey.true craftsman.-c36
Ok, We have all seen the monsters... In every turorial, a monster. maybe for your next one, you can do a person in a pose, like drinking and sitting down. something close to that.
thank you so much, you're a master!
it's clear you love every part of the process.
-- playing: "Pikmin 3" and "World of Tanks"
-- reading: "Death of the Liberal Class" -Chris Hedges
O my soul, do not aspire to immortal life, but exhaust the limits of the possible. - Pindar
It was amazing to follow this start to finish... inspiring as hell. One of the best threads conceptart.org will ever have the priviledge to host, so thanks!
We are ants to your godly might....
From start to finish, amazing...
Thanks Pete, looking forward to Austin
cant believe i just now looked at this tutorial. it is so awesome and inspiring! the sculpture looks amazing, so hard to beleive it came from clay! amazing. thnks
thats pretty good. i like it. the colors are nice too.
this is the coolest tutorial I have seen for a while!
any future plans on a new model? if so please post your progress like you did for this monster-
thanks again for sharing dude!
This is why I love this website so much!
Professional people going out of their way to help us amatures(speaking for myself here) ,without the slightest hint of selfishness.
This is most awsome! I've never done any sculpting I haven't even touched a piece of play dough since I was 10 but through this thread I am seriously concidering taking it up. I am already seeing the fabulous creatures in my mind taking form.
Cheers to you!
I'm trying to think... but nothing happens.
Don’t know if people are still reading this thread.
Smellybug or anyone who can answer my questions.
I bought 1 box Sculpey, 1 block white Sculpey III and 1 block black Sculpey III in your pictures when you mixed all three they seemed solid. When i mixed the materials they became soft and not that pleasant to work with. Unlike my Roma Plastilina that is really hard and possible to create all the little details. I can’t imagine how you did all that wonderful work with the same sculpey i bought. It’s too soft and plasticly. When i applied the clay to the wire it felt wrong to block in and create any shape. Sorry i hope i’m making sense. Do i let it sit outside for a while to become hard enough to be able to work with it? And how come mine doesn’t look the same color of yours? weird, i hate Canada we get all the crappy stuff.
Thank you for your time and patience.
No, you're doing it right. It is softer than Roma or Chavant. Some people can't stand it, others get used to it. Mix it with a bunch of Super Sculpey (the pink stuff) and see if you like it better. With what you have, mix it with one box of super s'. That's mostly what I did for this sculpt. Good luck, be patient. You can't treat it like oil based clay because it's just different, but it has a number of positive qualities...stick with it.
Thank you for your response.
One more if i may?
What do the animators of DreamWorks and Disney use to sculpt there Maquette? I have seen many but always wondered how and what they used. Now that i see your tutorial i know how, but with what, Sculpey?
How do you cast a mold of the finished product? may we have a tutorial of that?
I’ll post picture later in the week of my own little thing and let me know where i went wrong.
=) thank you.
Last edited by Frankie.jr; May 22nd, 2004 at 08:43 PM.
If you want the clay stiffer you can use Fimo instead of Sculpy3. But I don't recommend using it unless you mix it with super sculpy... otherwise it's too hard to work with.
Another thing you can do to stiffen it a little is to leach it... using a pasta machine roll it out into thin slabs and stack them with some kind of thick paper in between, like brown kraft paper. Put a weight on top and let it sit for a few days. When you take it apart the paper will be soaked with the oils from the clay, and the clay will be a good deal more solid.
But basically polymer clay is just going to be kind of soft. You do get used to it, but it takes a different touch than the harder clays.
For some good info and tuts, check out the Shiflett Brothers site: http://theclubhouse1.net/forums/viewforum.php?f=9
I'm pretty sure the Disney artists do maquettes wit WED clay (after all, it does stand for Walter E Disney). It's an air drying moist clay that some people rave about. It does have some nice characteristics... probably more to your liking if you prefer oil based clays over polymers, but you need to keep it wrapped and damp or it'll dry up on you fast!
Darkstrider is pretty much correct. As far as sculpey goes though, it's very widely used in the industry for smallish maquettes. I'll be using the WED clay at the workshop though. Anyway, the good thing about Sculpey is that it's easy to mold after you bake it out. And yes, I should do a tutorial on moldmaking. After the workshop in June, I'll be doing a new tut' here.
YES! :thumbsup:And yes, I should do a tutorial on moldmaking. After the workshop in June, I'll be doing a new tut' here.
Wow! Thank you for your reply. Wonderful information. May I have more links? That other forum was great, is there any other websites a like?
Thank you for your time. You guys are the best. I love Sculpey. DAmn wonderful materials. Best forum ever even better the sijun well they have a super star over there too Damn that Spooge Demon! Ack! But we have one even bigger DAmn you Smellybug! =)
That thing is awesome. How many hours did you spend for the whole process?
Thanks for sharing your knowledge.
I see you use aluminium wire for armatures.
Is there some reason why one should not use steel or copper wire?? what about galvanized wire?
I'm trying to think... but nothing happens.
No, I believe you can use those types as well. With oil based clay you have to be a little more careful though because some metals react with the sulfur in the clays. Sculpey ok though as far as I know.