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    Zombie sculpt to finished animatronic head, bit gruesome!

    Well i thought i would post one of my pieces from sculpt to finished head.
    The sculpt is based on a character from Day of the dead, Dr Tongue

    This is the sculpt roughed out in Water based clay, started to detail.


    Then i just refine the sculpt and smooth everthing out using small rakes and some home made tools
    finished sculpt ready for moulding

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    dr t continued

    I then mould the head running a clay wall across the head through the middle ear to ear. moulding the first half then once that is set, removing the clay wall and doing the back half,once this has set for an hour i pop the mould apart, and make the core for the polyurathane skin and fibreglass underskull to attach the servo motors too.

    Here is the underskull nearly completed,with eyes unfinished, very basic two channel, with eye movement left and right and brow movement.
    Then after final painting, i add the hair and finish the details, i dug out one of the eyes to make it a bit more gruesome and make the eye movement more visible


    Here you can see the finished piece, it was basically a hand puppet with animatronic eyes and brow, the jaw and head movements were operated by hand
    This last shot is me with the full puppet torso, i took it along to a convention to get it signed by Tom savinni and george romero


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    very good job !!!!.

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    Thanks,
    I enjoyed doing it a lot,i did think it was maybe a bit gruesome for this place, but its all art at the end of the day i suppose,

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    awesome job dude!
    I've always wanted to learn more about servos and basic animatronics.Do you have any recomendations as far as reading material goes?
    I have never done anything in electronics but am a pretty quick study.
    I like the way you did the gore as well.
    all around great piece.
    but did they sign it?
    what did they say?

    It's better to be remembered as the sand in the gears and not as the oil.
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    Amazing work...this is the kind of project I'm attempting.

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    Thanks everyone
    Yeah they both signed it and tom was impressed that it moved about.
    As far as animatronics goes i used a basic two channel remote meant for cars etc, you can get it as a pack with servo's and a remote included.
    Alot of it is just getting the parts and seeing how to put it all together.
    I will check for referance, there is a lot for fx in general i have not found much in the way of beginner animatronics though.
    Toms books are a good start, grande illusions 1and 2, covers making a core running the skins etc.

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