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    Kyle Reese bust (WIP)

    I'm attempting Terminator's tragic hero, Kyle Reese... and man, this is hard. No torn up face to confuse things here, just an ordinarly face. Anyway, it's still very early days, but here's the work up to now including the armature... I got too involved with trying to eek out the likeness to take any very early pictures, so here he is now. I can see the likeness, but can anyone else?

    Oh yeah, I've also discovered that these busts are closer to 1/2 scale than 1/3... actually about 5/12ths according to my son but I was always useless at fractions so I'll have to take is word for it.

    Kyle Reese bust (WIP)

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    well I for one can see the likeness. I think that it looks like an older version of him (i think it is due to the muscles around the mouth/nose - levator, masseter?).
    Anyway looks great so far, can't wait to see the final product.
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    Thanks for commenting. Yeah I agree with you, the deeper lines do make him look older. The full on view reminds me a bit of Kevin Spacey lol Lots of refining to do yet though, so hopefully I can bring it together by the time I get to the end.
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    I've worked on him today, just refining the features really to try and get the likeness closer. Here's a few shots.

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    I think the 3rd image on the last post shows the greatest likeness. I reckon I would be able to name the character from that image alone.
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    What clay are you using for this? It holds detail very well. o.o
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    It's super sculpey.
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    Just the regular blocks, or do you use a combination (Sculpey III etc) Sorry, for asking this in your thread. X:

    Also, what tools are you using, if you don't mind me asking?
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    No, go ahead and ask away, that's what these forums are all about. I use plain super sculpey. I do have some 50/50 mix of SS and Sculpey firm, but I've not tried it yet.

    I have a lot of tools, but only a few that I use on a regular basis. I have a set of wax carvers similar to the set you showed in your thread, but they are a bit cheap and I only use them occasionally.

    The main tools I user are a couple dental tools... a pick, and one of these:

    http://www.tiranti.co.uk/product.asp...s&Product=1147

    I have the top three small wire loops on this page:

    http://www.tiranti.co.uk/subdivision...ubdivision=321

    I have a few paper embossing tools

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Soft-Grip-Em...1935242&sr=8-1

    And some 'clay shapers' of various shapes and sizes:

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Clay-Shaper-...1936318&sr=8-7

    I got mine from the local art shop.

    And then you will need a selection of brushes and some isopropanol for smoothing.
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    Isopropanol? Not really sure where to even begin looking for that. I googled it and didn't see anything to concretely identify it.

    I used to paint warhammer things so I've got plenty of decent brushes, those paper embossing tools will probably be ín my local art store, but in general they're pretty useless. Can't even order in super sculpey from their supplier, so I dont hold alot of faith in them for anything but paint.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lokiem View Post
    Isopropanol? Not really sure where to even begin looking for that. I googled it and didn't see anything to concretely identify it.

    I used to paint warhammer things so I've got plenty of decent brushes, those paper embossing tools will probably be ín my local art store, but in general they're pretty useless. Can't even order in super sculpey from their supplier, so I dont hold alot of faith in them for anything but paint.
    Isopropanol? I typed isopropanol into google and the first in the list was Amazon

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/?ie=UTF8&k...l_15ay0or7an_b

    But I got mine off ebay:

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_tr...panol&_sacat=0

    You might even find it at a local chemist, or they might be able to get it for you. You can usually get it in 70% pure (also known as rubbing alcohol), which is good for detail work, or 99% pure which is good for knocking back very rough areas

    The tools are the tools I use, you might not necessarily get on with them. You might find that the wax carvers are everything you need. It all depends on you and what you are sculpting.

    TBH, I'd just get some sculpey and some wire and get started with what you have, it'll probably be more than enough. I used to do just about everything with the dental tool, and it is still my favorite tool, I couldn't sculpt without it. But as time went on and my work became more precise, I'd try to get into an ear or something and think, hmmm, y'know what? a small wire loop would be really great to have, and so I Googled and found some. And so it goes on. Don't worry too much about what tools other sculptors use, it's not the tools, it's the artistry driving them that matters. You need to find your own way and what works for you.

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    Ah I didn't think I had the right thing, they looked like some heavy duty chemical. x:

    How do you use that isopropanol then? Do you water it down or is it more gentle than something I read that basically turns sculpey to mud (I think they said turpentine, but not sure..)?

    I'll probably be buying sculpey today, and some armature wire, if it turns out to be weak wire, then I'll be able visit town at the weekend, got my wax tools yesterday, they look pretty good for the job!

    Note on your thread though: Those ears are amazingly detailed, how big is this bust?

    Edit: Oh when I said "they're pretty useless", I didn't mean the tool! Sorry, should have been clearer, the local art shop is useless, it's like they only acknowledge painting as art. Very limited supplies in other areas.
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    Nice!!! Looks just like him, I aim to have your skill with matching likeness without taking a century. Just don't forget the stubble!!
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