Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Sculpting Demo at YETA! Be there!

Hi guys. Great news!

I've been asked to participate in a sculpting demo at this year's "Year End Toys Attack" fair at Blok M Plaza. I'm scheduled to be there at 22-23 December. Currently I'm planning to do a bust sculpting demo, but nothing is certain yet. If you happen to be near the area at that time, do drop by!

See you there!

Monday, December 10, 2007

Figure sculpting: Wicked Witch of the West WIP 01

Hello again!

I've entered the clubhouse sculpting Jam once more. This time the subjects are the land of Oz and Narnia.
My entry this time is Wicked Witch of the West, at least my rendition of her. Like most of my sculpt she is made from soft oil clay. I'm still brewing my home made clay... still no luck. No armature (unless you count a single q-tip stick as armature), and standing 4,5" tall. This is also a chance for me to study up on sculpting clothes and drapery.

As always enjoy, and thanks for visiting!



Monday, November 26, 2007

Figure Making: Mermaid Songstress WIP 01

More WIP pics from Songstress Mermaid. The next step is to make a waste mold and cast this baby (and Minotauress) up. More on that in the future!

As always, Enjoy!




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Saturday, November 24, 2007

Figure Making: Mermaid Songstress WIP 00

Fresh from 'finishing' the Minotauress, I wield the clay again to make another mythological creature. This time I'm going for a mermaid. But not just any mermaid, a Songstress Mermaid. It's kinda like a hybrid between a modern mermaid and a Siren. from Greek mythology. After this who knows? I might do a line of this mythical beauties.

As always, Enjoy!




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Friday, November 23, 2007

Figure making: Minotauress WIP 02

Okay here's the latest pics of the Minotauress. She stands 5" tall from base to the tip of the horn. Since this sketch was done using soft oil clay, it'll be too frustrating to make any crisp detail out of it. I'll have to think about making this permanent, and maybe making a kit out of it.

Anyway enjoy!



Monday, November 19, 2007

Figure making: Minotauress WIP 01

I try to motivate myself in sculpting, so I 'doodle' this. Introducing the Minotauress.

Enjoy!



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Monday, November 12, 2007

TOMOCI FAIR 2007

TOMOCI Fair has passed. Last weekend was fun. I've meet many new people, make new friends, got a gig (hopefully), new clients, and of course got myself a few toys and figures along the way. I really recommend people to go and see this kind of event. You just cant tell what you'll find.




Thank you for coming!


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Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Making Anime Figures: Rala-23

OK folks, I've got to apologize for not being able to post the Seiya costume like I promised earlier. My internet connection is acting up again. I can't log into photobucket to upload my photos. I'm very sorry.

On the up side, I'm participating in TOMOCI Fair 2007 this weekend. It's like a mini toy fair-like bazaar, and yours truly is going to promote some his stuff and hopefully land a few jobs along the way ;)
One of the figures I'm going to bring to the show is Rala-23. She is based on Lalah Sune from the original Gundam series. She'll be original though, since I'm sculpting her with the notion that she lives to 23 years old. She's the brainchild of a night worth of rambling between myself and a fellow mod in Netmorks.

Here's some WIP pictures of her. Enjoy!

Friday, October 19, 2007

I'm still here...and sculpting!

Just a quick post to tell you all that I'm still here AND still serious about sculpting :)
I've been doing some something else beside sculpting these past few months. Costume and prop making! Yes folks, I've stepped into the cosplay arena. Just a few months back I got the chance to design and make a saint-seiya insipired costume for a friend of mine. More on that in the next post (I promise!). That aside, it's time for another figure post.

I've sculpted this for a dear friend of mine. It's suppose to be her avatar for a Shin Megami tensei doujin of some sort. Today I'm just going to post the concept design and my WIP of the figure.

Enjoy!




Sunday, August 12, 2007

Remas-Remas Gallery

If you're interested in making or at least trying to make your own figures, you can rejoice! I've opened up a new 'workshop' thread in Netmorks.org!
You can post photos of your work there and get comments on it. You can ask about poses, style, how to do certain things, etc. The members there will surely be delighted to help you out.

For all you international modeler out there, be warned this is a local board, so the language is in Indonesian. You can get to the thread from here

On that note, you'll be seeing a LOT of oil-clay rough on this blog in the near future.
Here's a couple. I did this as a fan art for a YOU恕悓, who like me, share a love for muscular women(!).

Until next time!



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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Testing....

Just testing...I'll update soon.
Just testing my new ubuntu box for blogging. Stay tuned!




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Friday, June 15, 2007

Awesome Paper Action Figure

You got to see this!



Introducing Mark Patraw's paper action figure. The character is Katt from Breath of Fire 2. She was made using cardboard from a cereal box, newsprint, colored paper, a plastic broom bristle, Kleenex, wire twist ties, white/hot glue, and acrylic paint. This guy is GOOD! Did I mention she have 54 point of articulation? You can read about the details here.



You can also visit his art page at Mark's Art Page. Be sure to visit his Master Figure section.



Man, I got to try making something like this!



Until Then!





Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Pocketable atelier face sculpting video

I just found this while browsing youtube!

This video show us how to sculpt a face, a japanese face, using clay. Enjoy!



Until then!

Monday, June 11, 2007

Jiji--Mascot Swing

OMG an update!



I hope this post will be the comeback of this blog. I've got most of my problems sorted out, and will hopefully fill this blog with the love that it needs.



Today I'm showing a mascot project for my friends at Diamante Studio. I've met them on a doujin event not long ago. They also will have their first manga publish soon by a known publisher here. Kudos to them!



I've sculpted Jiji, one of the characters from their new manga. He's supposed to be a sassy,smart-mouthed, all-round pain in the @ss, rickshaw pulling old penguin. I made him key-chain size, hence the name swing. He's made mostly of poly-putty and some paper clay, the eyebrow are epoxy putty wrapped on a copper wire. I do apologize for the crappy paint job -_-u. I'll do my best next time around.



Enjoy the photos.





Until then!





Tuesday, June 5, 2007

I'm not dead! ...yet

Hokay, first I'm sorry for not updating this blog like I promised.



The main reason for the absence of post is I'm on a tight deadline at the moment. Juggling between commisions, making figures, and updating this blog have gotten me swamped. Since my priority is to finish my commisions on time, the blog have to be sacrificed...for now. Don't worry though, I'll put my act together soon enough. I'm working on a new layout for the blog too.



Thanks you for reading, and I hope to see you again in the near future.



Until then!

Monday, May 28, 2007

Kagura WIP 280507

Dang it! I'm lazy.

Haven't been updating the blog as I wanted to. Oh well, cest la vie.

Anyway, here's a couple of photo of the Kagura. I've primed her and is now on the stage of a sanding-putty-sand-some-more marathon. Still haven't touch the feet though. Sculpting toes scares me! I've also cut her up in preperation to cast her. Yes folks, I'm going to cast Kagura, and maybe sell some as kits. But since I don't want to break any copyright law (?!?), so I'm going to sell it as "I-can't-belive-it's-not-Kagura" kit ^_^u



Well,I'm going back to work now.
I'll post the claymore piece tomorrow.

Until then!!

Sunday, May 20, 2007

I'm Baaaaaaaaack!

I'm back from my vacation holiday and I'm pumped!



I'll be posting some new project soon. You can look forword to something from my current favourite manga Claymore. Kagura is still on going, so there will be more of her in the future. The progress may slowed though, because I'm currently on commision to finish 3 (Yep, that's THREE) figures in about 5 weeks.



All in all, it's good to be back!

Until next time.







Wednesday, May 16, 2007

YAY VACATION!

I'll be going on vacation and tour starting today. I'll be back on Monday, hopefully with some more goodies to post. Until then, I wont be able to reply any mail.

I'll check back soon!



Until then y'all!

Monday, May 14, 2007

More Kagura WIP photos!

Here's more current shots of Kagura!



Done some general sanding and fix up on her. She looks so much smoother now. I've also sculpted some more muscle and fat to their respective areas ;)

Click on the pictures to enlarge



Enjoy!









Making Kagura part 4: Waste mold revisited

Finally!



The fourth installment of this figure-making-guide is here. In this installment, I'll be showing you how to make a waste mold for our oil clay figure and cast it in paper clay or polyputty. I have written a guide concerning the production of waste mold here, but this time I'm going to show another way to doing just that.



Well, lets get started shall we?



The main reason we're making a waste mold is to cast our sculpture in a stronger media. Let's face it, oil clay is great to work and sculpt, but a slight slip up can destroy a full day of work in an instant. Accidentally pushing your sculpt off the work desk is one of those slip up. Before that happen (and you loose your insanity, not to mention your hair), we're going to cast our oil clay Kagura in paper clay and pollyputty. Click the picture to enlarge.



I've developed this method of making waste mold while trying different stuff to achieve the same result. I found this method easier and faster in producing a waste mold. If you have a better way in doing this, do share it with us!



Let's get the figure ready first. I scribe a line on the side of the body and leg. This line will be our seam or parting line, the line where the two (or more) part of the mold connects. If you dont have a clue on making this line, just grab a toy and observe the seam lines on it. Then, using a cutter blade, I cut deeper into the lines, being carefull not to go too deep and split the figure. Next I put paper strips in the lines. The paper will act as a barrier for the mold parts. Take your time while doing this, make sure the papers are secured on the clay. After the paper are secured, brush some vaseline on the entire surface of the figure. This will act as a mold release agent, and it'll make the clay surface smoothe like a baby's tushie. When that's done, we're ready to make our mold! JOY!









Okay, let's get the materials next. I use polyputty, laquer thinner, vaseline, toothpicks for stirring the putty and some cardboard for mixing the putty. You can see the other stuff I use in the picture below. Easy no?



Mix enough of the putty and the hardener on a piece of cardboard. Why on a cardboard you asked? So you can throw it away when you're done. Easy cleanup ^_^ After getting the putty all mixed up, thin the mixture with laquer thinner. The aim is to get the mixture thin enough to be easily spread on the figure WITHOUT forming air bubbles. Dont worry if you add too much thinner, as long as you got the putty-hardener ratio right, the mixture will harden (although I might be wrong on this -_-u). Spread the mixture evenly on one surface of the figure and paper. Make sure all the surface are coated. Add more if you think it's to thin, especially in parts that sticks out (boobies for example). Let it cure for a while, and then flip it over and do the same on the other side. Let the polyputty fully cured. We have our waste mold!







This is the difficult part, more difficult if you forgot to add vaseline beforehand. Pry the mold open GENTLY! If you did the steps I said above this shouldn't be too hard. The oil clay figure WILL be destroyed at the end of this process. Remove any clay that still cling to the mold. Lighter fluid and cotton swabs helps. After you get the mold clean, it's time to coat the inside of the mold with vaseline. Make sure you got all the nooks and cranies coated. Our mold is ready to use!



Here I'm casting a paper clay copy using the mold we just made. I'm using the arm part of the mold. Just fill one half of the mold with paper clay. It's okay to overfill the mold, but not too much. Press the two halves together untill the clay leaks out. Trim the clay. Open the mold and you have yourself a copy of the arm. Let the clay dry and continue with your sculpt.

Here I cast two copies of Kagura's body, the yellow one with pollyputty, and the white one with paper clay. The mold broke after I cast the pollyputty copy.









That's the end of the 4th tutorial. I hope you enjoy reading it.

I dont have any plans for the next installment yet. But I'll think of something.



Until then!