Introduction: Sculpting Gandalf

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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You can see the crystal in this shot.

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Another side shot.

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aaaand a close up before painting.

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Paint it black... exactly what I did.

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Close up with crystal...

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Good side view... aaaand...

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

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

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Getting there...

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

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Nice glaze... :D

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Face front...

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... another look at the crystal...

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and that's Gandalf the Grey.


l8nite (author)2012-06-08

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

poofrabbit (author)2012-06-08

This turned out very very nice! Well done!

JDMac174 (author)poofrabbit2012-06-08

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

scoochmaroo (author)2012-06-08


JDMac174 (author)scoochmaroo2012-06-08


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Bio: I have been working on my art for many years and it takes up a considerable part of my time. I enjoy looking at art ... More »
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