Friday, December 21, 2012
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Now that the basic structure had been blocked out it was time to get into the sculpting. There were many parts to make and fit as well as getting the steel plate look going. My goal was to make the steel plating look dynamic, with various levels, rivets and other parts to play off the final texture. Sometimes when you're sculpting a character, think of how it will look in a flat gray color.
Monday, December 10, 2012
Drawing with the sharpie was the best way to get the position of the plates rivets and other important landmarks of the figure onto the foam.
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Cintique. In the world of TV animation there are no more animation cells, background paintings and so on. Working with pencil and ink, sculpting with large tools and sculpting foam, creating a poster that was created by hand with wooden block printing was very gratifyingly tactile. Etchpop Labs you can send them your art they will laser cut a wood block. This is really cool and their work is amazing if you have not tried it yet. I created a two color show poster. I would run the BG color plate first let them dry then roll out the black ink. My favorite part was each poster was absolutely unique like a snowflake. Even more so then digital prints it's more of a hands on medium. Sometimes even a finger print or two. The evidence of human error will always be more attractive to me as an artist. There is a signed numbered run of 35 show posters. soon I will be releasing some one off color variants, keep checking in for the release.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Foam Sales in Burbank to pick up a bunch of 2 pound density sculpting foam. The consistency of this foam is like a cross between floral foam and balsa wood. We used hand saws, wires, even a horse brush to work the foam into the rough shapes. Cutting the blocks and lining up the inner frame takes quite a bit of measuring and gouging in controlled spaces. Also making sure the metal frame with the holes for the arms and legs plug into lined up with the model. Once the blocks were cut and channeled it was time to glue them together. The best thing to do this job is Windlock Foam 2 Foam adhesivethis stuff works great dries quickly and you are still able to sculpt it.