See 5/8/10 update text below...
DIVERSION SCULPTING PROJECT:
*****************************Sculpting 1/8-Scale Urd in Kimono
*****************************Project Z9 Completed in 5/2010Reference picture
: Ah! My Goddess
Chinese edition, Volume 32.I'm currently doing a major project (my most complicated yet) and in need of a diversion when getting frustrated by slow progress and re-do's, etc. So, I'm doing this "diversion" project on the side to keep things fun. It's very simple in form, so hopefully I get to finish sculpting her in a reasonable time period.
********10/20/09 Update, Foil Armature and Rough Body Form
Well, not much to say on a basic start... 10/24/09 Update, Shoulder + Obi Form
Refined shoulder joints and made keyholes. Interim extension on kimono. Layered-on obi.
Well, it's looking more like a 1/7-scale than a 1/8 scale... Guess that's happens sometimes when you eye-ball everything... 10/25/09 Update, Rough-Form Sleeves
Once again I used aluminum foil as core and rough-formed the sleeves. Then I layered-on the sleeve trains, which are made by rolling and stretching the putty while it was curing. At this stage it behaved like soft leather. After about a couple of hours, the putty was hardened to something akin to hard cheese, and it was easier to cut than full-cured state. So I knife-trimmed the R sleeve to the rough shape like the reference pic. Both sleeves still need lots of work... 10/26/09 Update, Head + Top of Kimono
Face/head during WIP stages usually looks weird, so don't get spooked by it...
I layered on details onto the top of kimono, including collar and fabric creases. Will need to tweak shape of the upper torso to make it look more natural.1/03/10 Update, Kimono Extension + Head Reshape + Limbs
OKay, so I'm picking this project back up!
Please refer to the pic dated JAN 3 2010. Quite a few adds and tweaks everywhere...
- Extended the initial rough form for the bottom of kimono.
- Added rough form for legs and right hand.
- Re-shaped forehead. Trimmed neck lines.
- Added hair base. Added core to start ponytail.1/06/10 Update, Trim Shape + Obi
After kimono extension, I added more putty at kimono bottom to add some wind/motion effect. Then did some major and minor shape-trimming, shaving and sanding. I kept wanted to "sexy-up" Urd by adding in anatomical curves, but refrained because kimono outfit is meant to cover most curves. Then, I layer on thin putty where needed to smooth-out the fabric. Showing the backview for the first time, you can also see the simple obi.Care to give me a more attractive obi design, anyone?1/12/10 Update, Proportions/Height Change
Thanks to ~tHE-oRAngE-IpOD
's feedback on the figure proportions and height. Based on her comment, I looked into Urd's height in the photo dated 1/8/09, and found that the figure was about 6.2 heads tall. Through several tries (see 1/11 pics), I finally lengthened the kimono by about 3/4" (nearly 2cm), and brought the figure height to be at 7 heads tall.
I also made platform clogs to further add to the illusion of slender figure.
After rough and intermediate-level sanding, the lower half of the kimono, shown in 1/12 pic, is in near final state ready for fine sanding.5/8/10 Update, Resin Casting Complete; Kit Available
This is the final update on the Urd in Kimono
WIP, as I have completed the sculpting work, and finished making the mold and casting resin kits. Some highlights:
- The facial details and hair took up quite a bit of time, so I show some progress shots to illustrate how I sculpted Urd's face and hair.
- I also show a pic of resin cast of Urd's head, with the silicone mold next to it. This is called a block mold. Perhaps I'll do a News Article
later describing some common methods of making silicone mold.
- As shown in the last picture, the original sculpture is made of different colors of epoxy clay. The left and right figures are resin cast of the original. And below is the kit parts breakdown.
To get pricing info
on the kit or a figure painted to your kimono pattern design, please see 'Urd in Kimono 1-8 Scale'
.This completes the project. Hope that you've enjoyed this WIP.
********2/2/10 Urd's Here to Grant You A Chance
(a skit for promoting my 'Sculpt For Me, Arty!' Contest)You:
Urd: Am I too beautiful for you?
Urd: You wish that a Goddess like me to stay by your side always?
Urd: Wrong Goddess - it's Belldandy you want.
Urd: What?! You wish that a goddess figure to be by your side always?
Urd: That's too bad, because I don't grant wishes like Belldandy.
Urd: I'll tell you what, I grant you a chance to have your dream girl figure by your side... But you'll have to work for it.
Urd: All you have to do is show my #1 fan *ArtyAMG your dream girl and shout, You: