Introduction: Sculpting Gandalf

This is a sculpt of Gandalf the Grey I did. It starts quite far in, I didn't take early photos as with the Stubbs sculpt. Anyway, here is Gandalf's basic form:

Step 1:

This is the beginning... sort of. What I did up until this point was manipulation of basic shapes. Combining them to get to this point.

Step 2:

A close up. I made the beard by attaching long strands of sculpy that were blended in together. The hat; a combination of a cone shape and a flat circle with a hole in the middle.

Step 3:

Side view. You will notice I used a base to make him more stable as I shaped him. This stayed as part of the final sculpt, but be sure not to use plastic! Something that is oven bake safe.

Step 4:

Again as with Stubbs, there is much shaping and attention to detail. It sometimes gets tedious and back aggravating, but the end result is always worth the pain.

Step 5:

And now the staff was added. I used an actual shard of amethyst that I had from a crystal growing kit. The staff was baked separately, and was be baked again when the sculpture was finalized.

Step 6:

You can see the crystal in this shot.

Step 7:

Another side shot.

Step 8:

aaaand a close up before painting.

Step 9:

Paint it black... exactly what I did.

Step 10:

Close up with crystal...

Step 11:

Good side view... aaaand...

Step 12:

On with the painting... first coat... ol' black beard.

Step 13:

White beard, white eyes... looking more like Raiden... with a beard.

Step 14:

Getting there...

Step 15:

and... looking good? Still not done...

Step 16:

Nice glaze... :D

Step 17:

Face front...

Step 18:

... another look at the crystal...

Step 19:

and that's Gandalf the Grey.

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l8nite (author)2012-06-08

another very nice piece...one as close to my heart as the zombie, I often get mistaken for gandolf during halloween and sometimes when its NOT halloween !

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poofrabbit (author)2012-06-08

This turned out very very nice! Well done!

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JDMac174 (author)poofrabbit2012-06-08

Thanks, doing a great job yourself. The mario in the gold coin bottle is an awesome idea!

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scoochmaroo (author)2012-06-08

Gorgeous!

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JDMac174 (author)scoochmaroo2012-06-08

Thanks!

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