Lifesize Yoda

Discussion in 'Star Wars Costumes and Props' started by ob1al, Jan 25, 2006.

  1. ob1al

    ob1al Sr Member

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    A few pics of my new lifesize Yoda based around the tremendous Chewie15 sculpt. No hands yet as I'm still working on those:

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    I'm quite pleased with how its turning out so far - lots of work left to do, so I'll post another pic when it's finished. :)

    Thanks again H. for the wonderful sculpt.

    Al
     
  2. TK-6790

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    Hard to tell from the photo's.... Looks like clay from here... I have ben thinking of doing something like that too... What did you use??? Looks like it has a great texture.
     
  3. Chewie15

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    He looks right at home :)

    H
     
  4. Simmon M

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    Looking good so far.
     
  5. jme3

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    Cool work. Do you mind saying where you found the cane and leather pouch?

    James
     
  6. ob1al

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    Thanks everyone - James, I made everything except the head myself. :)

    Al
     
  7. jme3

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    Congrats are in order then. :)
     
  8. ob1al

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    Thanks.

    There are more WIP pics on my site HERE if anyone is interested.

    I'll also post more pics when I'm finished the little fella. :)

    Al
     
  9. streetjudge79

    streetjudge79 Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I think the head looks a little too big for the body, the proportion looks off.
     
  10. ob1al

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    I still need to add a little padding on the upper torso area and affix the feet (after painting the "green parts") which will increase the body-bulk a little bit. The height will be slightly increased when the feet are permanently added to the base of the Yoda.
     
  11. ob1al

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    A little more progress tonight; Dremelling out the eye sockets for the glass eyes:

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    test fitting the eyes - still needs tidied up a bit:

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    'Raw pull' hands test fitted (no nails, paint...the hand shape still needs tweaked too), mannequin body standing at full height now (66 cm).

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    "Hmmm...getting there, I hope I am...?"

    Hey, building Yoda is FUN. :D

    Regards

    Al
     
  12. OldKen

    OldKen Master Member

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    very nice.

    but that last pic is creepy... :confused

    paint him up and affix those eyes already.
     
  13. ob1al

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    I know what you mean - reminded me of 'Michael Myers Yoda', as I took the pic. :D ;)
     
  14. streetjudge79

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    Man, dremeling those eyes out was a BITCH.. Howard had sooo much resin behind the eyes it took forever to do.. was yours like that too? I ended up messing my eyes up and had to resculpt the upper eye lids.
     
  15. ob1al

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    Yeah, that was some thick resin. No flimsy cast...I had to drill down into the eyes first with my (full-size) drill as my dremmel wouldn't even reach the other side. Took about 3 hours in total. Phew. :)
     
  16. jme3

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    After taking delivery of the sculpt and seeing just how thick the resin in the eyes was I've given serious thought to just painting in the eyes even though I really wanted to do glass ones.

    It's a bit hard to tell in your pic ob1al but do your eyes fit well in the corners? It seems there may be some opening there.

    Rgs,
    James




     
  17. Chewie15

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    First off, I never made these heads available originally because the mold is over 30 inches long and I can't get in and hand work the resin. I did this to offer the heads here, would you rather paper thin or a little thick? IT HAS BEEN VERY TOUGH MAKING THESE HEADS POSSIBLE.

    BTW, your's in coming along nicely Al :)


    H
     
  18. ob1al

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    Thanks H. :)

    James, with regard to the eyes - the pic above was only a test fitting; I worked on them a little longer last night and started to fine tune the openings, the eyes are now fitting quite flush without any gaps. It takes a little while to get to that stage, but IMO the effect of the glass eyes is really worth the effort.

    Regards

    Al
     
  19. streetjudge79

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    I finally got the eyes cut out perfect, it was about an inch and a half thick. Someone poured a little too much resin in the that area.
     
  20. ob1al

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    I think I find myself caught in the middle of something...

    Really, the resin was quite thick in the eye area but it's not a big problem IMO; the bust is still terrific.
     
  21. streetjudge79

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  22. allosaur176

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    awesome, now I want a yoda :)
     
  23. Gytheran

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    What company's eyes did you decide to go with?
     
  24. ob1al

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    Joe, I used the company that Kurtyboy found here in the UK http://www.glasseyes.com

    No online ordering, so I ordered via the phone - they were good to deal with and the eyes arrived quickly / are good quality.

    Al
     
  25. Reel Fakes

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    Coming along very nicely. Eagerly awaiting more progress pics.

    Congrats Al.

    -Chris
     
  26. Gytheran

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    Cool, thank you. They look so purdy. :)
     
  27. ob1al

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    Well, I'm starting to airbrush tomorrow so the all-important choice of green awaits. I'm going to mix some acrylics tonight and see what I can come up with...::bites nails::

    Al
     
  28. ob1al

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    Couple more progress pics.

    The green isn't finished - I'm going to add another brown wash over the top of this and hand paint some additional detail, but I think its getting there. Also no eyes, fingernails, cane still needs painted dark brown, he has no brown tunic on yet either...and of course, no hair yet. :

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  29. ob1al

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    Head painted, eyes fitted:

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  30. jme3

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    Cool work ob1al. You'll have a sweet looking display when you're done. :)
     
  31. (^_^)

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    Thats one very nice lookin Yoda (^_^) all the hard work is really paying off.

    And thanks for the eyeball info ob1al (~_^)
     
  32. ob1al

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    Thanks. :D

    Here's another quick shot:

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    Next, the hair.
     
  33. ob1al

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    Hair, we have.

    I'tll take me a little while to fiddle on with the hair until I'm happy but it's going in the right general direction:

    EDIT: NEW PIC, fixed the eyes a little bit. :)

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  34. HDPE

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    Very nice :thumbsup :thumbsup
     
  35. zorg

    zorg Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    hi al nice work so far, the eyes are bothering me in the last shot, are they fixed in????, the left one needs to go up or the right one needs to go down, they are pointing in different directions

    what hair are you using?

    i'm gonna use goat hair from my local fishing shop, they use it to make flys apparently

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  36. ob1al

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    Hi mate

    Well spotted on the eyes, I'll go fix that (they are only blu-tacked into position for the time being).

    I'm using Reel FX theatrical hair (made by Rubies). The goat hair option sounds good.

    Cheers

    Al
     
  37. zorg

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    hi al, oh if there only blu tacked in just ignore me, i thought they were fixed.

    as for the goat hair, i picked it because it had that yellowish old man hair look about it , appologies to the old folk out there ;)

    i had a look through the thread and cant see you mentioned what colours you came up with.

    oh and i would say a thick cast is always better....from experience.
     
  38. streetjudge79

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    If I can make one suggestion, get a little darker green inside the crevace of the mouth, it will give it some depth. It's looking good though.
     
  39. PHArchivist

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    Looks like you used yellow ochre/oxide as a base coat... Good idea. ;)

    Man I gotta get some glass eyes for mine...
     
  40. ob1al

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    Thanks fellas - and thanks for the suggestion re. the mouth, I'll try that. :)

    Yeah, I used a yellow ochre colour as a basecoat, it still shows through the various shades of green which went on later.

    EDIT: Added a revised pic above with the eyes aligned a little better. ;)

    Al
     
  41. PantheraGem

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    I have no advice to add, just go ahead and give it to me as it is. :p
     
  42. ob1al

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    :p
    There are some really FANTASTIC Yoda threads happening on the RPF at the moment and some very impressive work by streetjudge79, PHArchivist, Cyberman and others...thanks for the inspiration guys. :)

    It's a Yodafest. ;)

    Anyway, here is my effort to date, I hope it does some justice to Howards wonderful head sculpt. I'm almost done with this little guy for the time being, I just need to make a few final adjustments to the hair and clothes, add a little more weathering to the hands and feet and make him a display base:

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    Regards

    Al
     
  43. PHArchivist

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    Nicely done.
     
  44. ob1al

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    Thanks mate.

    Well, I know I literally JUST finished this project, but I'm about to put him up for sale.

    I'm really happy with how he turned out and enjoyed working on the build-up, but I've decided I should sell him to pay a few bills and invest a few quid in materials for some other prop projects I want to make.

    I'll be really sorry to see this little fella go, Howard's head sculpt is just amazing and I know there will be no more heads made. It was never my intention to make this to sell, but...needs must.

    Al
     

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