2001: A Space Bone

Odin82

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The radius bone with the ulna still attached, while learning about smashing. . . . damn! We've gone full forensic archaeology xD This is why I love this site.

Casting the horse bone, then sculpting that cast might be the best way to go about it!

The camera shot of the Tapir skeleton for example is closer to the camera, with Moonwatcher in the background with the horse bone, to keep things in scale. Definitely the horse bone.
 

Valor

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Alright, an hour in and I feel like I'm making progress. The basic proportions are getting there and I dove in one one of the tw ends, which are the most complicated. In addition to screen grabs I found a rendered 3D model that I can turn around, zoom in on, etc. This is helping fill in the blanks on details the screen grabs don't show.

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Valor

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a couple more hours and I feel pretty satisfied with the overall shape and form. The screen grabs don't show everything so the 3D mode of a real bone is filling in the gaps a bit. But, there are times I'm trying more to match the shapes I'm seeing in the screen-used bone. The way the light kicks in certain spots or has shadows that don't necessarily lineup with the medical 3D file.

Some of the dark/light you're seeing in the sculpt is discoloration in the clay. It's not that bumpy. Right now everything is pretty smooth. A little more aligning of some details and I'll do a pass to add the "rough" spots and texture.

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The 48th Ronin

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Nice!

Not sure how crazy you might want to get, but you could do a quick waste mold of your sculpt to cast up a hard copy, which you could then refine even further, and then make the final mold from that.
 

Valor

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Nice!

Not sure how crazy you might want to get, but you could do a quick waste mold of your sculpt to cast up a hard copy, which you could then refine even further, and then make the final mold from that.
Not crazy That is the plan :)
 

Valor

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From the book, Space Odyssey: Staney Kubrick, Arthur C. Clark, and the Making of a Masterpiece:

"...Knowing Kubrick's penchant for multiple takes, the prop people had acquired a seemingly endless quantity of horse bones and horse skulls from the local knacker's yard."


Getting some bone texture and details into the right spots.
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Odin82

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I am so digging this project. Love your idea of presenting it in front of a monolith.

Have you ever seen the architecture for the Spodek Arena in Poland, and the adjacent International Conference Centre? Looks like a UFO crash landed through the 2001 Monolith.
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Valor

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My finished bone sculpt went into some silicon this week. After cutting the mold open to free my clay model, I was surprised how little damage there was. Didn't really matter, as I planned on scrapping the clay sculpt. I poured a rotocast cast in the mold and the first cast turned out great. I might do another one to see if I can hide some of the seam lines a bit more.

Also, I made progress on my monolith display stand. I built the monolith in Fusion 360 and printed it out with a hollow back (like an open face box. Then glued a 3/4" chuck of MDF in the back so the whole thing has some weight. I'll be drilling a couple pegs for the front that the bone will hang from.

Now I'm on to painting. I want to try to match the coloration, weathering and scratches of my screen grabs.


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