Good grief, Leigh, you maniac.
I thought I was too numb from the awesomeness by now to muster another 'oh my god', but I was mistaken. Oh my god.
Good on ya mate, it would have bugged you for ever if you hadn't done it! Bravo!!!
Many thanks Guy's
Heres the jaw & its gap fillet all in one colour. I have some fine cracks to fill due to the shrinkage of the air dry clay, a bit of sanding & another paint before I consider it done.
I bought some Latex today so I'll be having some fun with that at some point too I might just knock up some lips n tendons roughly just to see how he looks
Oh god man, you're killing me here, lol...stop teasing! It's good, it's as good as done at least, it is cooked, do your surfacing fixes but please don't put off the moulds too much longer. I live in terror of your cat knocking it off the table or something. A mould is insurance.
The jaw is removed with the head & is mostly resin, if it falls from the top of the sideboard it may loose a tooth but that can easily be glued back on.
The head is the worry! when its stowed its rested on a big foam block & its also supported from under the rear. Its quite stable but it could end up on the floor
I would actually like to get the head moulded first but I've been advised to get the practise from moulding the less important parts first, which makes perfect sence to me.
I'm also beginning to think it may be a better idea to cast him in Polyester rather than Polyurethane. As I understand it, Polyester with glass would be stronger & less likely to deform. The problem I'll have with that though is how to lay up fiberglass in a mould with no access once its assembled??? I dont want large flash lines to clean up???
if your castings match your sculpting ability, this thing is going to be legendary
Rotocast urethane resin with expanding urethane foam filling added later would be quite unlikely to deform and a lot less hassle. You don't have to waste cans of the expensive hardware store spray-bomb kind, I know you have a decent supplier so maybe ask them about the stuff. I used to get it in 1-litre tins, there should also be bigger kits available.
That said, fibreglass would certainly be very strong. There is an art to it, though. You first lay up a layer of gelcoat, then several layers of glass matting and resin, letting each cure thoroughly before the next.
You'll hate the stench. Your wife will hate the stench. Your neighbours will hate the stench. You will be unpopular with the whole street.
It will also take a lot longer for each casting. And then you demould...and find that there are weird frizzy stocking-run lines all through the gelcoat, and voids and gaps and holes that need to be puttied, and delaminations.
Fibreglass is a *****!
Can't you use the same silicon mould for both urethane and fiberglass casting? Might be fun to experiment. He might end up being a miraculous fiberglass prodigy as well.
I think I'm gonna smash my current casting with a hammer. lol! It has that stupid dip in the dome like all the rest. I get all emotional every time I see this literally organic sculpt. The only other thing that I think will bring tears to my eyes is the exchange rate when this puppy goes up in the JY!
yeah I hate that "dip" in the dome on my original casting. I keep saying some day I'll pursue having it remade. It would improve the casting greatly!!!! I'm sure Leigh will knock his out of the park!!!
this threads been going longer than ive been visiting this site and it is outstanding to see you strive to perfection when 97% of people would have called it finished a long time ago
I'm truly humbled by this thread. It's a testament to your passion and perfection. You represent everything that the RPF stands for. Kudos to you. I keep seeing updates...wondering when the molding process will begin, and then you see an imperfection and correct it. That my friends - is determination.
Keep up the updates...and know that you have a cult following here...kudos once again...
WOW! Thanks for all the kind words folks
Clutch: Dont smash anything up!!
I dont think my dome (when its made) will fit anything else, well I'd be very supprised if it did however I guess a new dome could be made for the other heads without the dip maybe
I've been busy here n there, I've changed a couple of bits & I need your opinion's if possible before I move on
As I've dropped the height of the neck at the rear & to help the leaning forward pose I've added some wrinkles to his neck. I think they look OK but I'm not 100% sure on the shape of them
What do you think:
I guess the bit I'm not too sure about would be the way the wrinkles turn downward at the ends near the tube?
& I've also remade his lower throat again to more resemble how Giger originally sculpted it rather than how it was towards the end of the film.
I would'nt mind your views on this aswell
Theres a couple of other MINOR mods I want to make & then I can start with the smoothing & texturing etc
Only keep one groove and have the area above and below bulge out a bit.
Here's a bad photoshop example. Hope it makes sense.
Thanks Too Much Garlic
I thought I'd better post a couple more pics from a different angle before I commit to any changes
Last edited by Too Much Garlic; Nov 3, 2012 at 11:13 AM.
Totally awesome detail study dude, and I continue to admire your improvements as you go along....but that said....I have no real need for a bust like this, heck I'm not even sure I'd have the have the room for it...
Yea...Who am I kidding?
I need, ahem...'want' this, and will make room for it assuming of course you go that route!