Man At Arms – Left Leg Part 1

The left leg has been started this week. Still working on his belt and the armor of the leg. Once I have that completed… I should be able to start on the more organic area (The fur below the armor). I’m still trying to figure out how I am going to lay out the armor and how the belt is going to be placed. Nothing too exciting of an update… but an update nonetheless. : )
Here is the initial start of the leg. That grey area around the hip is aves apoxie. Kind of did a rough as to where the belt would be but raised it above where the hip so that the upper torso can sit in to that raised area. (Sorry if that didn’t make sense).
And the the rest of the pics are just the gradual building of wax, smoothing and building and refining.
Stay tuned for more updates next Sunday on Man At Arms. I will also be posting more past works before then as well.
Thanks all for looking~

Past Works – Hulk Version 2

Hey all,
Here is just a quick recap on my second reincarnation of the Hulk. I tried to sculpt this or build up this piece as a whole… but veered off again. Just another example of poor planning and not really knowing how I was going to cut up the statue. It was definitely a fun piece to do as I felt I had a little more confident in how I was going to execute this piece.
Not really going to post too many pics. The head is the first sculpt of the Hulk head. I just added more hair.
Here are some WIP pics:
I think I got carried away bulking this guy up. At around this point, I had cut the sculpt up to bake. Here are some close ups of the parts:
And here is the final:
In the end, this piece ended up going to the scrap heaps again. Symmetry wise, the face and body was off… and he seemed pin headed to me. I felt guilty to my friend to sell it to him. So I ended returning his money and cutting a V into the upper torso with the head and made a cast of the bust to give to him.
You all may notice that throughout my posts, scale, proportion, and symmetry is a big thing to me. I still need to work on alot of things… but I believe getting these three areas right is a good way to start moving in the right direction.
Thanks for looking and check back later today as I’ll have some update on the legs of my Man At Arms.
Cheers~

Past Works – Hulk Version 1 (1st Sculpt)

So here is my very first sculpt!
I started sculpting the Hulk head around this time in Nov 2009. The body was started up about early 2010. My friend had asked me to do this for him as a commission and this is how my venture into sculpting started.
The head was a very very difficult challenge for me. I knew that going in just because I was not too confident in sculpting faces when I was customizing figures. But I learned the value of patience at trying to work through getting the face I was looking for. Sorry I don’t have many pics to show for this post. My previous laptop that carried all the pics crashed on me and I lost all the WIP pics.
The face was based off of the 2 pack figure from Marvel legends. I consider this the best version of Hulk ever. The body sculpt was inspired by the Hulk and Wolverine statue that was done I believe by Pearl Thunder on Statue forums. That was a piece of great art work and it was huge. As a beginner … I was a bit too ambitious trying to emulate their statue.
As you can see, my setup in holding my sculpt was very very poorly made. I basically had the hulk hanging from a thread rod with a wire. I had no idea what I was doing. Strange this was, was that I did do a lot of research into armature building. But all that research didn’t mean much until I actually dove in and learned from each sculpt how I should change my setup and armature building to see what would work for me. My armature was measured by printing out a large 20 inch picture of the figure and measuring the picture.
Sorry to blab…. here are some pics:
Great stuff right? I thought it looked good at the time. One very important thing I learned from this as well was the process of pushing clay around. Specifically how to smooth the muscle groups so that was it blocks of muscles but that there was a smooth transition between them. The pics above are basically blocks of clay put onto the sculpt. After looking at some body builder magazines and the internet for back references, I tried pretty hard to imitate the muscles. After a month or two of struggling to do so… here is a pic:
Using a brush with rubbing alcohol and my fingers, it was amazing to me at what I could do with clay. Here are some more pics:
So here is another mistake I made for this statue which is sculpting it in parts. Huge Huge mistake. It was too big and overwhelming as a beginner sculptor and too big to fit into my oven. I figured I’d just do it in parts. Well… here are some more pics:
Changed up the upper torso a bit… and wanted to change the pose because the sculpt was too heavy for my set up to support. I thought it looked cool like this. I thought …eh… sculpting it in parts isn’t too tough. I just had to focus on the legs now.
And there you have it. It just got bigger and bigger and I had no idea what I was doing. Nothing looked right and after a couple of months of this… I said screw it and it was scrapped. I told my friend that I would restart again. Not bad for a first sculpt eh? : )
I’ll have more posts up of my past work soon~ Keep checking back~
Thanks!

Man At Arms – Clay Body Build Up

Hey everyone,
Had some spare time during the holidays so here are some more posts. Wanted to go through my process of building up Man At Arms base body. After nearly 2 years of trying to figure sculpting out, I think I finally got it into my thick head of basic armature building, setting up a sturdy setup to ensure the armature isn’t loosely hanging around, scale issues, and learning how to plan (For casting and molding, interchangeable body parts and part fitting).
Here is a WIP of my armature. Sorry I don’t have more pics… I lost the files when my computer crashed and these files I had somehow managed to find.
First off, I have so many thanks to EPang (Placed 2nd on the ConceptArt contest that I entered MM – Super sculptor – Check out his Spiderman and his clothed Superman (Super Amazing!) and extremely extremely helpful) on Statue forums in pointing the flaws in my sculpts and pointing me in the right direction! This guy is pure awesomeness… when he has something to say about my sculpt, I listen and implement. He’s right 99.9 % of the time. One of my issues with all my past sculpts was body proportion and scale as you will notice in my past works post and future past works posts. He directed me over to the Gore Gore Gore group site where they have body type references that you can use to determine scale. I took his suggestion and created my armature based on the body type reference. It’s the skeleton drawing you see in the pics. I essentially had the head already made so I enlarged the head on the body type pic and enlarged to the size of my head sculpt. The sculpt came out to be 1/4 scale… roughly 18-19 inches tall standing. Listening to EPang in using this is the best thing I have ever done!!
Visting the Gore site also led me to revisit alot of their tutorials. The tutorials done by Martin was invaluable!! Especially in armature building and using invisible string in to cutting parts for molding and casting at a later point. You’ll notice the strings with tape at the end that are dangling from the sculpt. The fitting and cuttin of the brass rods I actually saw in John Browns DVD. But Martin has great tutorials that I visit and learn almost every day… seems obsessive… but I feel like I learn something new everytime while I’m sculpting.
Here are the first set of turnarounds:
The big difference with this sculpt compared to my past sculpts is that I didn’t rush to detail parts. I tried to focus on covering and building up the sculpt as one. It was difficult. Second big difference is I used a huge mirror while I was building up the body in clay. This was a huge eye opener for me. There is a huge difference in the way a sculpt looks in the mirror. I thought checking for symmetry only applied to the face… but apparently it applies to the entire sculpt. This was a huge blow and letdown on my past sculpts as I thought they looked somewhat decent. After looking at them in the mirror, they were totally off…it was very disheartening.
So my goal was to make this sculpt look correct. Here are a few more WIP pics.
Some more layering over the Sculpey with a combination of Super Sculpey and Sculpey Firm to get that nice firm grey color:
I wasn’t too focused on getting the anatomy too clean. I just wanted to make sure that they were placed correctly (and hopefully they are cuz nobody had said anything) cuz the body was going to be armored up in wax anywayz.
I don’t know what else to say about this buildup other than I learned a tremendous amount! The pointing arm was raised a bit if you take a look at the upper torso posts. Here are the final WIP Pics before the bake:
The strings that you see dangling are the areas where the sculpt was cut. Cutting the sculpt easy made it extremely extremely easy to put back together after baking. I’ll go into the troubles I had when I post my Batman and MM statue about trying to put the parts together just by cutting with a saw.
Thanks all~

Past Works – Martian Manhunter

Hey everyone! Here’s a few pics of one of my past works. It’s the Martian Manhunter. I entered this sculpt into the ConceptArt.org contest where Tim Bruckner, the Shiflett Brothers, and Zach Oat were the judges. The goal was to create a sculpt on a deadline of our favorite super heroes in action or whatever action that we selected. We basically had to record the process and then submit. We all got little reviews on our sculpts. Even though I didn’t place, just getting a review from Tim (it was very direct and he pointed out the flaws in my sculpt) was totally worth it. But, a few members of the StatueForum board had entered and 2 of them, who are very well known forum members, placed 1st and 2nd! They were both excellent statues!
This was my 3rd character sculpt…. but technically… my 6th sculpt. Basically, a couple of characters that I’ve sculpted went through a couple of different reincarnations. So each reincarnation I consider a sculpt. The sculpt was roughly 22inches… and trying to complete this in 30 days was difficult. So I ended up submitting a incomplete sculpt. : (
Anyhow, here are some Work in Progress pics:
At the time, I was pretty happy with the sculpt. It was supposed to be an interpretation of a scene from JLI that was drawn by Kevin Maguire (Ass Kicking Artist – One of my all time favorites). Scale was measured by the Batman sculpt that I was in the process of completing at that time. I basically knew that MM was taller than Bats. Here is the comparison:
The head sculpt I somewhat checked for symmetry in a mirror. It was my first time, so it was challenging to see what I thought was MM when I looked at it did not look like MM in the mirror. Also, the pose was a bit awkward and proportions were massively off. I did not use a mirror at all for the body sculpt.
Here is the final submission ‘Poster Shot:
He’s basically holding a cookie and looking to see something wierd that was happening to his right side. That item in his left hand was supposed to be a milk carton.
Here is the somewhat finished sculpt cut up into pieces in the hopes that I would create a couple of switch out head as well as switch out arms for a pose more serious:
The hands that were sculpted for MM was actually the first set of hands I had ever sculpted. It was actually quite fun. I referenced my hand alot as I was sculpting. I believe each hand took literally 7 -9 hours to sculpt. Here are some detailed pics of the hands:
After the costume details were worked out, baked, and keys developed for each cutup part, here is the statue assembled:
Developing keys and putting the statue together after it was cut up and baked was quite a fiasco. This is where the importance of planning during the amature stages comes in very very handy. I’d just like to say that anybody attempting to do this, go to the GoreGoreGore site and read Martin’s tutorial on how they cut their pieces and plan during their armature stages. This helped out enormously when I cut up Man At Arms to work on individually.
So where is this statue now? It is actually sitting on my shelf in parts. After starting in wax, I wanted to do the same thing for MM that I did for my Bats… basically make a mold and cast him in wax. I know now that that is not going to happen. After working on my Man At Arms and my Bats in wax, I realized how important proportion or scale is as well as symmetry (sculpting in front of a mirror is) is to sculpting. And MM was way off on many things. So…as of now, he remains to be kept in parts until I decide to one day assemble him and keep him as a personal reminder of lessons learned.
Thanks all for looking~

Man At Arms – Upper Torso – Final

Hey all, here is the final! Well, there still needs to be a little more clean up done but it’s almost pretty much done. I may need to rework the left back hand side to match the right back hand side. I will come back to that later.
Here are the final pics.
Okay… so that’s pretty much it. Below are pics of the test fit. Arms were attached to see if the armor is moving with the way the arms are positioned.
I’ll be posting a lot of posts as week goes on and since we have Thanksgiving as well. My next area of updates will be the right straight leg. I’ve already started and will be posting every Sunday night on my blog… but will most like post on forums when I am nearing completion.
I’ll post my works in progress of Man At Arms such as the clay buildup and the arm.
Hopefully I’ll be able to post my past work as well~ Shoot me an email or please feel free to comment~
Thanks for looking~

Man At Arms – Upper Torso Part 2

Sorry for the second post folks. I’m still new to posting on my own blog and because I’m putting up so many pics, it’s somewhat of a pain to post pics in a long post.
As you can see, I’ve been building and refining the sides as well as the back. The entire time I’ve been working on this, I tried to focus on the movement of the armor and how the platings would react to one another. I’ll leave my comments out now and just post pics straight down.
Final pics will be in another and ‘final’ post.