Wednesday, April 29, 2009
On to the sculpture of the Gorilla. Below is the "core" of the piece...a wooden block with a hole drilled in it to connect it to the support rod. I made a sketch that was approximately the same size as the finished jet-pack and the base, so I could get the proportions right. I then wire-wrapped aluminum foil on to add bulk, and reduce the amount of sculpey clay I would use.
Since I had some leftover "regular" sculpey, I added enough to cover the aluminum foil. I then used "super" sculpey to add the details, building layer on layer, and baking each stage before adding more.
Below are the finished hands and face of the gorilla. I added the leather headgear after baking the details of the face.
It became obvious that my proportions were off for the length of the overhead arm. I added a good bit more clay and modified the pose. I then sculpted the final details of the jacket and added the jet-pack straps.
The image below shows how I designed the jet-pack to hide where the metal support rod goes into the gorilla's back.
When all the gorilla bits were complete, I gave the whole sculpture a coating of brown acrylic.
Next time...the final paint job and a look at the finished "Silverback with a Jet-pack".
Posted by Warren Ludwig
at 9:28 PM