This piece is my final major project piece, and everything you see have been made and designed by me. In this tutorial I'll show you how I design on my projects so you can follow up and CREATE! You are more than welcome to ask any questions and comment. ENJOY!
Step 1: 1: INVESTIGATE
Step 2: Design Process: 1
Step 3: How Ma I Going to Do This: Process 2: MAKING
Now what you are going to do is going shopping!
Get the list of things you need, don't go out without it. You may find an organizer helpful at this stage.
Things you need to consider:
Skin and detail making....
All those steps require special materials and skills. Don't worry you can still do it
Let's start with armature making...
Step 4: Armature and Sculpting
You can use many things to get your armature ready for sculpting, it all depends on individual needs of your design. Remember chicken wire, newspaper and masking tape will do it for most.
If you need any help just drop me a line.
P.s. Chicken wire can give you nasty cuts wear gloves when you using it for the first time.
Now how did I do this:
I have laid a bed of grey clay on a piece of large plywood, build the wall around the whole doll and made keys with clay tools.
When wall was ready I have mixed jesmonite and start covering the doll, placing fiber glass on top and covering it again with jesmonite. Basically sandwich the Fiber glass in between the mixture.
TURN YOUR MOLD OVER AND REPEAT THE STEPS.
REMEMBER TO USE RELEASE AGENT LIKE VASELINE OR SCOPAS BEFORE YOU START LAYING
ANOTHER PART OF THE MOLD.
When mold dry, release it you will probably need something lie a chisel to open the case for the first time.
Make a core! place the clay inside the the mold about inch thick, when ready cover in release agent and close the mold. You may need bolts and nuts to make the mold closing tide. Just drill the holes in jesmonite wall get bolts in and nut it lol.
When ready place it in a bucket and fill it with plaster.
Your armature is ready....
Step 5: Sculpting...
I am using wed clay, is a oil and water based clay, soft as grey clay but doesn't dry so fast and IT"S SMOOTH>>>>^^<<<<<
Armature is being covered in the clay, many tools including soft paint brushes are used during the process. First I am trying to get basic shape, than working on the details, you may find it useful to buy some dental tools or clay shapers on ebay, those are great for clay work.
When your sculpture is ready it's time for molding.
Step 6: Molding...
Step 7: Stracture and Skin
Ready structure is fitted together with some bolts, and holes for eyes are drilled out.
I've made a little stand for the eyes to be fitted inside the skull structure part, those we're quiet stable.
You may find meccano parts useful at this stage. YOU COULD FILL THE SKELETON WTH POLYURETHANE FOAM TO FOLD THE HALFS TOGETHER.
But that just a thought.
Step 8: Fitting Skin and Apply Paint Effects
YOU may have to cut the skin on the side, but silicon is very stretchy! When all its fixed together, you an start painting the "thing". Airbrushing soft detail and finishing it with zombie-fx make up paints.
YOU can find some junk like I did to place of the bottom of the stand. I've also fitted few lights in it, but it's not necessary, all the wiring you see in the picture is simple jumping electrical wires.
Yes any questions feel free!