Mr Mold Maker's 2015 Jun-Jul Sculpture Contest Entry

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Mr Mold Maker

Sr Member
Hello again everyone!

Last month's sculpt(s) (all four of them :lol ) was nothing short of a train wreck if I'm being completely honest with myself... I took some time to brush up on my anatomy, and hopefully refine some sculptural skills as well.

My plan is to sculpt The Joker! No specific one, just my interpretation.

I don't know if this is against any rules, but my plan for the piece is sculpting it to a point in WED, molding it in silicone, and claypouring it in oil based clay to finish the sculpture with more refined details. The reason I'm doing it this way is because I'd like to have molds to run resin and silicone copies. The resin will have sculpted hair, while the silicone will have punched hair.

As for any "tips" I have to give..(not that I am the guy to take tips from!!) ... Just keep doing it. You will get better. It may take you longer than you want, but be patient and you'll get there in the end.
 
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Mr Mold Maker

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There is something so fundamentally beautiful in an unrefined sculpture. I can't count the amount of times I have gotten to this very step and had to push myself beyond the travesty of altering it to "finish" the sculpture.

This is about an hour or two of work in total.
 

Mr Mold Maker

Sr Member
Daaaamn off to a great start! This is going to be great.
Thanks Sinned! I appreciate the kind words. :)




Well, day two wrapped on Mistah J. Still discovering forms and just generally experimenting with it. It doesn't quite have the life I'd like it to have yet.. I'm hoping to pick up a larger board soon to give the chin the elongated look that it needs, but right now it is a perfect sculpture stand so I'm in no rush! :lol

I'm hoping to start on a nice pair of oil based clay teeth for him this weekend.

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Nygiant

New Member
That's brutally cool! And I totally agree with your idea of the chin in this case!
I love the look already and am looking forward to your progress.
 

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Mr Mold Maker

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Thanks Nygiant! It means a lot!

Hopefully progress will happen quickly. Last time I fiddled way too much.. took way to long to finish the sculpture.. I've set myself a hard stop deadline of June 15th. As asavage says, "the closer the deadline, the more likely you'll start thinking way outside the box." :lol

By the way, if you read this Adam, you've got a resin copy with your name on it if ya want it!
 
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cunningham

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There is something so fundamentally beautiful in an unrefined sculpture. I can't count the amount of times I have gotten to this very step and had to push myself beyond the travesty of altering it to "finish" the sculpture.

This is about an hour or two of work in total.
I know exactly what your mean - there is something more artistic looking about an unrefined sculpture. A Rodin with details would never cut it as art. It's almost as if you are turning an art piece into a craft piece.
 

Mr Mold Maker

Sr Member
looks good, has lots of character, it is a shame when everything has to be machine smooth and finished
Thanks very much frosty! I'm dying to jump right to textures, but I feel like the forms aren't quite there yet.. the smooth finish is killing me!


No updates today, as the changes were very small.. just dialing some things in.
 

Mr Mold Maker

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This mornings progress. I was able to move the sculpture to extend the chin, while still using it as a sculpture stand... I should probably make a new one of those.. :lol

Let me know what you guys think. I'm absolutely open to suggestions. PM me if you'd prefer!

(Side note for anyone who cares... I'm pretty sure I'm accidentally sculpting Charles Chiodo of the Chiodo Brothers as The Joker! As I was sculpting the whole time I was like "I've seen this guy before.. glad to finally know why! Ha :lol )

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Sinned

Well-Known Member
LOL @ "TEETH"

Really looking good...maybe I won't bother doing my sculpture now. ;)

Overall form feels really lifelike to me. Are you keeping the pointed upper lip? How detailed are you going to go with it, overall? I can definitely see "Joker" when this gets painted up!
 

ILL GREEN

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There is something so fundamentally beautiful in an unrefined sculpture. I can't count the amount of times I have gotten to this very step and had to push myself beyond the travesty of altering it to "finish" the sculpture.

This is about an hour or two of work in total.
I know, I love the grittyness. I always felt that way myself and feel like I'm destroying a masterpiece when cleaning it up with putty and such.

Definitely a damn good sculpt. Thumbs up.
 

Mr Mold Maker

Sr Member
LOL @ "TEETH"

Really looking good...maybe I won't bother doing my sculpture now. ;)

Overall form feels really lifelike to me. Are you keeping the pointed upper lip? How detailed are you going to go with it, overall? I can definitely see "Joker" when this gets painted up!

Thanks very much Sinned!
You better enter! Your work last contest was phenomenal and I can't wait to see what else you can do!

I'm not sure how I feel about the pointed lip yet.. some Jokers have it and some don't. I think I'm going to take it down just slightly, but not get rid of the whole point.

I'm not going for super lifelike, but I'll definitely pull the forms together a little better and throw some nice skin textures through out.

ILL GREEN Thanks very much!
 
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Mr Mold Maker

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First pass of texture. I'm really happy so far, and the finish line is in sight. Texturing WED clay is very difficult. Gonna have to let it dry out a bit more for pass 2!

Can't wait to get this guy under rubber and get him in oil clay. Just a reminder, my plan for the WED Sculpture is making resin copies. The oil based sculpture will make silicone copies.. basically meaning more accurate skin texture no hair, etc.
 

Mr Mold Maker

Sr Member
So here is the finished sculpt! :)
Total time working on it was about 5 hours.

I'm hoping to have this guy under rubber ASAP. Hoping to matrix him, and I plan on snapping pics for everyone along the way. :)

After that, I'll clay pour him and take off the hair, tighten up the skin textures, and mold him in epoxy for silicone castings. I have over sculpted the skin texture here a little bit, because I find the finish resin castings shrink just barely, but enough to effect the details. I'm hoping this counteracts it... doesn't look beautiful in the sculpt, but the finished piece is what matters. Once it is in resin I plan on snapping the mouth and sculpting some teeth for him... I was originally going to sculpt them out of oil clay and mold them in the mouth, but it's too much trouble for what it's worth. This eas I can hopefully use the same set of teeth for the silicone castings.






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Mr Mold Maker

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This one isn't for the contest. Just for funsies... Best I could do on my phone, but I hope that what was in my head is now making sense in yours. As a sculptor it is my job to make what I see what you see... When that doesn't happen.. well I guess it's a failure... But I'm very happy and confident with this piece. :)
 

Sinned

Well-Known Member
Been a bit overworked lately, and completely missed the updates. This looks INCREDIBLE; love it! Added texture is great, and the face just looks sooo good. The hair too, nice! I've always been so scared to even attempt sculpting hair; I really like the look of this. Are you still making a pour of it, and doing more detail?

LOL at phone paint job, BTW. :D
 

Mr Mold Maker

Sr Member
Thanks very much Sinned!

What ended up happening was my time and budget kicked me in the teeth, so with no money for the project and the sculpture rapidly drying out I just threw it under stone. I am waiting to pick up some foam so I can cast up a latex master. I'll sculpt the teeth into that and mold those separately when I have the time and budget.

Hopefully I'll get the master under some alginate and retool it for the silicone copy that I've wanted, but it won't be for quite some time sadly!



Thanks again to everyone who has viewed and commented! Hope Mister J here puts a smile on your face. :)
 

reaton89

Active Member
So here is the finished sculpt! :)
Total time working on it was about 5 hours.

I'm hoping to have this guy under rubber ASAP. Hoping to matrix him, and I plan on snapping pics for everyone along the way. :)

After that, I'll clay pour him and take off the hair, tighten up the skin textures, and mold him in epoxy for silicone castings. I have over sculpted the skin texture here a little bit, because I find the finish resin castings shrink just barely, but enough to effect the details. I'm hoping this counteracts it... doesn't look beautiful in the sculpt, but the finished piece is what matters. Once it is in resin I plan on snapping the mouth and sculpting some teeth for him... I was originally going to sculpt them out of oil clay and mold them in the mouth, but it's too much trouble for what it's worth. This eas I can hopefully use the same set of teeth for the silicone castings.






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This is great! I saw your thread right after I submitted my entry. Our sculptures sort of go together. It's... funny :lol. Good luck sir!
 

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