Yoda finished...!

Discussion in 'Star Wars Costumes and Props' started by PHArchivist, Jan 2, 2006.

  1. PHArchivist

    PHArchivist Master Member

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    This is my take on the now-classic Chewie15 Yoda sculpt.

    I can attest to the fact that it is not completely possible to fully appreciate the quality of such an item until you work with it personally. My hat is off to Howard for a fine sculpt.

    Enjoy the pics...
     
  2. vader71

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    B) Very sweet.

    I wish I had the means to grab one of those. :(
     
  3. allosaur176

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    awesome, simply awesome looks like he wants to blink any second
     
  4. Darth Kahnt

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    Looks like he just walked off the set... :D

    Nicely done...
     
  5. MR BARLOW

    MR BARLOW Well-Known Member

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    Wonderful paintjob ..
    Very lifelike :)

    B
     
  6. Sluis Van Shipyards

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  7. BobFett

    BobFett Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    WOW. The paintjob looks amazing. What color did you use for the base skin tone? I am working on one of these as well. What type of hair did you use? Nice.
     
  8. RedTwoX

    RedTwoX Sr Member

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    Wonderful your work is. Greatly impressed I am.




    Sorry, couldn't help it :lol
     
  9. zorg

    zorg Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    yeah more info on the hair application. :D

    nice work , a much more realistic green than recent efforts i've seen :love

    have you concidered putting real fabric on it?

    z
     
  10. Nexus6

    Nexus6 Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    WOWZ.

    Excellent job.
     
  11. Gytheran

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    Very nicely done. :)
     
  12. Prop Runner

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    Rob - that has to be your best work yet since you became to "go-to" guy on Terminator bust paint ups... :D

    REALLY dig the subtle colors and skin tones, and masterful application of the hairs - looks completely real and organic, the way you'd expect real hair to sag and crinkle in a ridiculously hot and humid environment. You really give XFX, Rick Baker, and Stan Winston a run for their money on the hair alone, BRAVO. :thumbsup

    - Gabe
     
  13. dblank

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    That is the most screen accurate Yoda paint job I've seen.

    Excellent Job by both the sculptor and painter.
     
  14. Lello999

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    That´s absolutely amazing. Awesome work. Really does look like the real thing.

    Thanks a lot for the pics.

    Domenik
     
  15. darthinwah

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    Perhaps, the best OT Yoda I have ever seen. How long did it take to make and how much? any chance that one can purchase one of these fine replicas?
     
  16. Lord of the props

    Lord of the props Well-Known Member

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    Thats by far the best paintjob on Howards Yoda I have ever seen
     
  17. RKW

    RKW Sr Member

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    It's sooooo good even Yoda is tearing up with joy.
     
  18. Bountyhunter Niko

    Bountyhunter Niko Well-Known Member

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    Very Sweet. What is he made from?
     
  19. cking

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    Perfect paintjob and hair application on an excellent sculpt.

    Colour looks spot on to me and the hair is the most natural and accurate looking I've seen on any Yoda. It even looks more natural than the punched hair I've seen on Silicone / latex versions. Great work Rob...

    Chris
     
  20. MegaPrime33

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    That is one of the best Yodas I have seen. Great job.
     
  21. gokarosama

    gokarosama Well-Known Member

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    Without words. Really A+ work.
     
  22. Boba Frett

    Boba Frett Sr Member

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    Very nice.
     
  23. Chewie15

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    Wow.. Nice job all around Rob. I really love the skin touches you did on him... he seems like he walked right off the screen :)

    H
     
  24. darth_sayder

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    All I can say is wow, that looks awesome.
     
  25. Henry Wayne

    Henry Wayne Active Member

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    Excellent paint job.. :thumbsup
     
  26. Kris

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    Frank Oz called. He wants his hand back. :p

    That looks Magnificent. That is without doubt the best yoda there is ever made.
     
  27. rad1701

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    Breathtaking. So real and lifelike. Great work.
     
  28. TomSpinaDesigns

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    about time you posted this up.

    Rob was kind enough to give me a sneak peek at his work on this one and I'll say here what I've said to him... I am very, very IMPRESSED.

    I love the multi-layer, hand-painted approach to the skin tones. It takes a lotta balls to go for that "dirty" look on the face. Do it wrong and it just looks crappy. Do it right (and Rob did it right.) and you capture the feel of a real screen used piece.

    I'll also agree with everyone else on the hairwork. He totally nailed it. Very tough to do on a resin piece.

    Well done bro..
    Tom
     
  29. OldKen

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    thats RESIN...???

    wow.

    looks like the original rubbery puppet... :eek

    man, i was already immensly impressed then i read that it was hard plastic.

    wow...

    how did you do the hair???
     
  30. defleshjedi

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    NICE . about life-like. we talk

    real is that hair, would you say ?
    similar to me it looks.
    great work .. :thumbsup :thumbsup :thumbsup
     
  31. PHArchivist

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    :$ Wow. I'm floored by your compliments. :$

    You guys are extremely gracious (and creative -- Frank Oz's hand.?), and your words mean a lot. Building and creating is very rewarding, but sharing with generous and appreciative guys like you all -- well, that's what makes the RPF such a great place.

    Thanks all, and thanks again, Howard.
     
  32. JonathanEntertainment

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    Looks Great. Awesome Work and I love the detail.
     
  33. PHArchivist

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    By the way -- eating dinner now but will come back and share some insight to the hair and paint etcetera later...

    But would you believe that NO GREEN was used. At least according to the paint manufacturer's labels.
     
  34. (^_^)

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    PHArchivist, you did a great job painting Howards statue (^_^)
    Are those eyes glass or painted?
     
  35. PHArchivist

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    Ok...

    The base color for this guy was almost straight out of a bottle. It is simply a mix of 2/3 Tamiya J.A. Grey, 1/3 Tamiya Sky. Both have a real similar greenish grey tone, and worked well together.

    I sprayed this mix over a base coat of yellow oxide (you can see some near the eyes where I did the base color lighter).

    From there it was just a matter of washes and dirtying down with various colors (Burnt Umber, Yellow Oxide, Payne's Grey, etcetera).
     
  36. PHArchivist

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    The hair is basic crepe hair.

    I became aware of crepe hair when I did my first Wampa ToD monkey head five years ago. I bought this batch over-the-counter at a large year-round costume shop in town. It comes braided, so you have to wet it down to dry it out and straighten it.

    I was going to use white, but on Tom's advice went with gray. Thats partly why I shot a couple pics against black velvet... Against the black, it looks more white, and looks much fuller. But I feel its pretty close to the original puppet. Recall that we really don't see him against a stark black back drop. NOte how in the shots against the lighter back grounds, it looks just about right.

    For the application I just cut clusters to the length I needed, dabbed one end of the cluster in diluted white glue and stuck it on. At first I went overboard. He looked like a rock start Jedi master. But it is a lot easier to get the right look by trimming and pulling out hair than by adding more in here and there. Having a TV and DVD player in the workshop cycling reference shots didnt hurt the process either. ;)
     
  37. PHArchivist

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    Glad you asked. The eyes were the most challenging part. They are hand-painted with 2 or 3 green tones, some black, some dark brown around the pupils, some greyish shading over the "whites" and lots of clear Tamiya Gloss. The gloss began to collect along the lids, which a couple guys ahve subtly commented on. :p
     
  38. PHArchivist

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    You noticed that, huh.? ;)
     
  39. PHArchivist

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    Zorg, I may add fabric later on as an upgrade. I just didn't spend time looking for the right style, and to be honest, the way Howard did the cloak, I was really motivated to paint it to see if I could maximize on his awesome work...

    Darthinwah, thanks for the comps. All tolled, it took about 21 days. Frankly, most of the time was spent on "accessorizing" him. I spent about 2-3 days/"sessions" getting the primer, undercoat, and base coat down, then 1 or 2 more sessions (about 2-3 hours) detailing the head. The rest of the time was doing the cloak, belt, pouch, shirt, eyes, hair, base, etcetera. The eyes took about one full day of work (about 6 to 8 hours). Not sure these are still being made.

    Bountyhunter Niko, this was a hollow resin statue.
     
  40. Bountyhunter Niko

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    Thanx for the info.
    I would love a Yoda - but Latex scares the crap out of me. Now I know that this is resin - I WANT ONE .....
     
  41. ortiz34

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    The FACE and HEAD look unreal, awesome, really great.

    Ok I'll say it,
    the rest though, i think really detract from it. The robe, belt really look weak IMHO.

    The face is superb though....
     
  42. Gary Weaver II

    Gary Weaver II Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Well, that settles it...

    I gotta repaint my Yoda now. You NAILED it. Looks great.

    -Gary
     
  43. barbatus

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    How much did you pay Yoda to step by for this little photoshooting?

    :eek
     
  44. agent5

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    Your best work I've yet seen, by far. :thumbsup
     
  45. PHArchivist

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    Thanks GW and A5. I HOPE I'm getting better with age.


    Thanks for the comps on the skin tones, Ortiz.

    On the robe, etcetera, I agree -- to an extent -- with your opinions. Others I've shared this with have also commented privately that the robe appears "flat", after which I worked on it a bit more. But nothing would beat a cloth robe, as previously suggested and commented upon. When I find time to search out a fabric store, I'll upgrade it.

    Regarding the robe, it also suffers from the photography issue. The weatherng is subtle (on screen, the robe actually appears fairly clean), and the texture Howard applied is extremely detailed, albeit fine. So both weathering and texture wash out in the photos.

    I considered adding a strip of real leather for the belt ( I did in fact on the rear) but in front it is hard to see, so I just painted it...

     
  46. tgreco

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    the face and stuff are absolutely stunning

    as for the clothes, I don't think it's your paint job,
    I think it's the sculpt
    the fabric folds just don't seem right
     
  47. OldKen

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    i wish i could get just the head of this awesome sculpt. would be a great and cheaper way to make a yoda... plus you could make it poseable.
     
  48. PHArchivist

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    Opinions vary on the sculpted robe. Personally I was certain I was going to use cloth until I really studied it and worked with it.

    Photography can tend to be less forgiving and more revelaing of flaws or weaknesses (there's that word. ;) )for some reason. That is actually one of my techniques -- I'll study my progress in person, think its ok, but photograph it and then study the photo to then discover more areas that need work.

    Remember -- there is a $15,000 Yoda you can buy that has a sculpted robe. :p
     
  49. Gary Weaver II

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    I would absolutely LOVE if it were possible for Howard to offer a silicone or latex casting of just the head and hands/feet for those wanting to get "creative". I love my casting but the your photos of just the painted RESIN bust show how well Howard nailed the sculpt on our little green friend...

    -Gary
     
  50. Riv

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    Wow. Stunning. Truly stunning.

    My hat goes off to you.
     

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