This instructable is going to take you through the process for sculpting a figure named "Dirt", a video game character from the PC game Origin of the Species, developed by Nu Generation Games Ltd. in the UK.

Check out the official game site: www.dirtthegame.com

I hope you will find some insight into the long process that goes into the making of a prototype statue from start to finish.

When I first started on this project I didn't have a lot of reference art to go from as the game was still in development at the time. As you can see my figure was inspired by the concept art for the box art, which at the time, she was holding two handguns. Later on the art was changed with Dirt Holding the shot gun instead. In retrospect I think I would have preferred the shotgun but when the art was finalized the sculpture was pretty much done so there was no going back - oh well!

The story is about a teenage girl that gets kidnapped and experimented on, has to fight insect like creatures, rescue her friends, all the while gaining super human powers in the process:

"An innocent camping trip into the Nevada desert takes a deadly turn when military black operations test a new viral weapon designed to create battlefield infantry by mutating commonly found insects and parasites. When the test run goes horribly wrong, it's up to you to find and rescue your friends while discovering information and unlocking special abilities. To fight an array of mutated animals and black op marines, you'll have futuristic weapons, special combat moves, and the ability to mutate into a more powerful creature."

To me her fighting abilities were a very important aspect of the character to portray. Too often video game vixens are portrayed in a really cheesecake fashion and I didn't want to go down that road! I tried my best to make her cute and sexy, but at the same time strong and feminine without being cheesecake: I wanted the observer to believe she could kick some butt because it is an integral aspect of the game experience.

My idea was to capture an instant in time that could possibly occur in the game and that told a story or gave insight into a narrative aspect of the game. During game play she comes across huge monsters to fight against, so the art director and I chose to use the "Wherewolf" creature from the game as a victim for the base to compliment the figure and make it more interesting then a plain nameplate.

Obviously, due to lack of space, I couldn't afford to place the whole creature on the base since it was a large beast in the context of the game so I decided to decapitate its head as though it were the aftermath of an encounter with Dirt.

Also on the base I wanted to place several shell casings and other debris which I will discuss in detail later on...

Because of her small scale (1/8th so 8.5" tall roughly without the base) I decided I wanted to use toy wax as my finishing material to get all the details nice and crisp. At this scale I find it is the best solution for me as the hardness of the material allows me to hold small parts without too much worry about squishing something in the process.
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What did you use to make the mold? Obvs, not plaster... and probably not alginate either?

Amazing job. I myself am just getting into sculpting and have found it's far more expensive than I can do right now, but in time I'll get what I need. I've been painting miniatures forever now and feel the need to create my own as it were. Your tutorial is going to be a great help to me, thank you for that. Keep up the good work!

Thats cool!
Vixen83876 years ago
So awesome!! But do you have any photographic tutorials on how to actually do the wax and resin parts?? i have no idea how you do that from the sculpey figure O.o I would love to know!
siquillat6 years ago
Heya, thanks for the tut ;D, sorry, is there a way to do that without using super sculpy? because i can't find it in my country, can you please give us advice in other materials? is cold porcelain suitable for this? (thanks a lot ;D)
Setti Fine Art (author)  siquillat4 years ago
Absolutely - you can use any oil based clay. I would pick a firmer clay just because of the scale being small its easier to work with...
for the detail in getting astounding results with oil based clay a can of condensed air is a must. What you do is hold it upside down and spray your clay. The can releases ice cold air causing you clay to become rigid but still toolable. actually scrapeablicious!! you can get some great detail with this technique.
Is FIMO available?
LadyLelan5 years ago
An awesome work, really...  congratulations!!
blugyblug6 years ago
Heh, most games that have female characters in it (mostly MMORPGs) make the female characters look like little girls with magic, and the guy characters always have overlarge chests,look like they are one of those guys with that self obsessed thing and look at themselves in the mirror all day when they arent at the gym and their arm is bigger than most of the female characters. Yeah and the female chars erm, always have alot of skin showing whether you like it or not. Especially mages.
Standard rule for female armor in games: the less you wear, the more it protects.
And what a good rule it is. . . When do they come out with a character that is "invincible"? ;) Great job, btw.
It exists. (It's the Yeti from Ski Free. That's the best picture I could find).
Oh god not the yeti, it still haunts my dreams.
My cousin claims he got past it once. I think he lies.
abend Eirinn6 years ago
Clearly, anyone who can wear a leather bikini into a combat zone is such a fearsome warrior that they don't have to worry about protection. No enemy has the skill required to land a blow on them.
hl2 alyx vance...
Riann136 years ago
you are awesome, btw
she is hot, I want one now does it get hard like plastic, will it break easily?
Pkranger886 years ago
You rock! That's impressive work. How long did it take you, womb to tomb?
merijnvw6 years ago
thanks a lot for this tutorial, i'm definately going to try out your technique(I make personalized wedding cake toppers)
$ NAB $6 years ago
Gonna try this right now as model Ezio from Assassin's creed 2
daliad1006 years ago
Although that is an awesome model, one question remains: What's with the teddy bear?
The answer to your question is covered in the instructible: The teddy bear bagpack is part of the game. It´s alive and reacts according to the happenings of the game environment(shootouts,attacks,...)
traeman20006 years ago
Truly nice. Do you make any other figures?
baconfish6 years ago
I'm not sure what this "cheesecake" factor is supposed to be referring to, but your strong female character has huge pigtails and a thong. Still, it's an interesting process, and you definitely have skill here. Nice work.
Setti Fine Art (author)  baconfish6 years ago
I did what I could with the character they gave me... cut me a little slack bud ;)
Setti Fine Art (author)  Setti Fine Art6 years ago
and thank you for the kind words... *sorry forgot to add the originally* :)
I was going to say something like "you did what you could with what you were given" but it felt like I was already going on too long. I'm a little surprised I wasn't attacked for being "rude" or something!
mg0930mg6 years ago
That looks just like her. :)
Setti Fine Art (author)  mg0930mg6 years ago
Thanks! The company was very happy with her... I try my best but you never know until it gets approved! lol! :)
They should be very happy. I think your sculpture has much more personality than the concept art. I like how she has a sassy ironic look (which works well with the backpack) as opposed to the straight badass look of the concept art. The only thing I would have done (if I had your amazing skilz) would be to make the creatures head much larger, maybe big enough that she could be standing on it as the base, but at least as high as her knees to have more of a beauty and the beast contrast.
It really does. It's cool they approved of it too.
EmmettO6 years ago
Thanks for the information on sculpting with wax. I have struggled with the time it takes building a wax sculpture from scratch. The intermediate stage of using sculpty is a revelation to me.
rockv6 years ago
pstretz6 years ago
You should probably add something about getting permission from the designer of the character you are making before selling them. Getting a cease and desist after so much hard work would not be fun. Other than that this is a great instructable!! I would really love it if from here you showed us the molding process from the sculpy to wax and then how you decide what pieces to cut off and molded individually. Thanks, really enjoyed it.
Setti Fine Art (author)  pstretz6 years ago
I have the license from Nu Generation games to sell the statue: everything is legit. If you go to the game (http://www.dirtthegame.com/) site they even link to our site (Martian Factory).

Yes- I plan on making a tutorial on mold making and the whole process from start to finish. This was more of an overview of the process really... it is what I had on hand.
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