Monday, February 22, 2010

Needing To Find A Balance....

...between sculpting and painting because at the moment, I have sculpt work on the table working and finished pieces to be painted sitting up on the shelf...which isn't good. I need to find that balance, but sometimes I get so into the sculpt that the thought of switching gears just isn't an option. It really needs to be though...I'm almost finished with a few more pieces then I will be back with brush in hand ready to bring some of these mini stone figures to life!! LOL!


A word on commissions - I've been getting e-mails asking if I currently or will be doing commission work in the future. Well, for the exception of a few, I am not currently into the commission work at this time. That can all change though...I love to get the requests and I want to make the most of the ideas but with my schedule the way it is and other responsibilities, the time line that would take to complete some of these pieces would be unrealistic and not fair to the client paying for the piece. I will let everyone know when I plan on taking commission work - for those that have sent requests, I've saved your e-mails/pms and will contact all of you first to see who may still be interested.


Below are some updated WIP images of what I have on the workbench presently...


Zayne Carrick - this will be my third custom (and possible final) of this character -sporting his updated threads. The length of the robed garment that drapes around his waist is shorter to allow some limited articulation in the legs - I thought of soft goods...and it's still a possibility...but Zayne wasn't the definition of "Action" hero so to speak...and for him to have super articulation would be somewhat of an overkill...plus, I'm able to capture the folds of the garnment around the body and under the belt more true with the clay that with the material.. as well as the small decorative seams that I simply could not get with material. Now I know why McFarlane limits articulation for the sake of the sculpt...still though, Zayne will be able to stretch his legs a bit LOL! I don't know - I'd really like to see him sitting on a speeder bike...we'll see.









Edessa (Jarael) will again be my third custom of this character but not the last - she will be sporting her new outfit. I really dug her "jedi" outfit in the last two issues of KOTOR so look to that sculpt to surface on the horizon soon.






Nyna Calixte (as Morrigan Corde) from Legacy...

I'd say she's the first MILF in the Star Wars universe - and I think Jeriah Syn would agree. The challenge is to make the figure strong and attractive while still showing age - she's got it where is counts, that's for sure but she's older and more battle-hardened which sets her apart from someone like Deliah Blue. Nyna Calixte herself will follow up after this sculpt is complete.









Furlag from Shadows of the Empire...didn't see this one coming did ya LOL! Neither did I - Just looking through several refference pages and found him to be very interesting...he must have been a pretty good Bounty Hunter to hand with the likes of Boba and 4LOM right?...just not as smart...








Below are some updates to my New Republic Shocktroopers. These guys are fun to sculpt - should have 4 complete troopers when all is said and done...similar to Delta Squad in some aspects - I plan on injecting a little creative license with these guys, creating additional pilots and "special ops" groups. Gotta be hardcore to take on the Yuuzhan Vong right?!









Some shots of Jedi Master Luke Skywalker with some of his crew - the pics below show an optical illusion of one trooper being shorter than the other...which is not true...one is just farther away from the lens than the other, creating an offset and allowing them to appear different sizes. In reality, all are the same size - just wanted to make that clear :)









So there ya go - a little of what I have going on right now. Please let me know if you have any comments or questions. I know that I probably said that more finished pieces would be featured on my next update but I'm sorry, I couldn't help myself - when I get bit by the sculpting bug, look out! LOL!

There will be a finished pieces posted soon - till then Take care and check out my photostream on FLICKR at http://www.flickr.com/photos/sith_fire30/

5 comments:

Road Warrior said...

These are so fantastic...Im at a loss for words.

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to drop by and say 'great work'. I'm sending a link to my Invasion co-author, artist Colin Wilson, too.

Cheers,

Tom Taylor

CabrialKush said...

Hey I was just wondering where you got the plastic jointed frame that you sculpt on. Just a quick question, would appreciate a response.

-Caleb

Sith_fire30 said...

Hey Caleb! The plastic jointed frame is actually an existing Hasbro Duke figure (well most really) that has been dremeled down to a skeleton to be sculpted on. :)

Sith_fire30 said...

Tom,

I am thrilled you took the time to comment on my work and hope both you and Colin drop in from time to time to check on my progress. Congrats to the success of Star Wars Invasion! I am a big fan of the comic series!