Clone Wars Gundark

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I learned a lot about sculpting by looking at how others did it. I thought I would post a kind of start to finish.

The first step in making your sculpt is making your frame. Mine is very simple. I get as much reference material I can so I get the scale right and it will fit and can be displayed with the 3.75 inch figures. I get my wire out in this case I am using a higher gauge thin wire. With larger sculpts I have used thicker cooper tubing. In this case it should work. After looking at my reference material the creature needs to be about 6 inches long. I look at pictures of the arms and legs and decide how long the arms and legs should be and I write the measurements down. This is just great reference so you have a road map to make another if you want.
 
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In this picture you see the blue tape this is done to mark the joints. Which will help in accurately posing the sculpt and manipulating it without losing the basic structure. Then I add epoxy sculpt to the wiring but leave the joints open so I can pose the sculpt. This is really helpful for me because I now have a Skelton that I can manipulate into the pose that I want.
 
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The armature is very basic it is 3/4 inch piece of wood. Then I take a dowel and drill a bunch of holes it and screwed that onto the wood. I got a long threaded bolt and attach it with 2 wing nuts.
 
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Now I started adding clay to my skeleton. Once you get to your final pose make sure to lock in your joints and add epoxie over the joints to give the most stability.
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Awesome! Much appreciated info on how you do your sculpting in addition to yet another beautiful work of art.
 
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Your sculpting skills are strong enough to pull the ears off a....well.............................................a gundark. Stunning, sir. :eek::)
 
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Thanks so much guys. I am start to feel like I am getting over the hump on this project. I am starting to add the detail on the face and hair. I am trying to keep it in the clone wars animated style but it is hard to not add in a bunch of detail.3244562E-2BB1-40AF-9A99-BC8935F70042.jpeg
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Exactly, VaderJay. Never been good at it, m'self, but I can appreciate fantastic sculpting when I see it!
 
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I know the metal rod through his back is for support, but it's kinda cool that the pose actually matches the fact he's sort of impaled, you know? Also, the wood board is something that I love, it looks like it's been a part of many projects and has seen some seriously epic sculpting.
 
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Thanks so much guys! This is my first sculpture so far that didn’t crack after being on the armature arm. The extra time I spent on the skeleton paid off. I am getting closer. I have been experimenting with different skin textures. I am still not sure about it but I wanted to try something a little different. I am get closer on the head but the forehead I am going to have to re-do. I am getting close on the hair. Again thank you for all the feedback it keeps me going. This has been one of the more difficult sculpts I have tried mainly because I couldn’t find any reference material so a lot is making it up as I go.
 
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Hey Ryan/Elias that is a good question. As a general rule for me never remove the sculpt from the armature until after firing. You put the sculpture armature and all in the oven at 275. The wood will be fine at that temp. The wood base on the bottom that is closest to the burner may get a little black but it will be fine. However I have done it before and what I usually do is put the armature in the fridge for a couple of hours until it gets really cold and the clay will get very stiff then when you remove it end it usually won’t leave any marks. The really danger here is that the sculpture after removed from the armature will be stressed in ways it hasn’t been exposed to. The clay will stressed and stretched in areas it hasn’t before and the clay and tear and crack. The weight bearing joints will be stressed and it can literally collapse on you. The problem I have with this one is I will have to remove it before I fire it in the oven. I need to make sure the arms and legs will on the same plane to keep it level. There is a 50 50 chance that it will work. The legs should be fine but the weight of the upper body and head should transfer hopefully equal down through the arms. If it is even a little off then the sculpt will collapse at the elbow or if there is too much tension in the chest then the chest will tear. If the chest tears then that shift the weight distribution at the elbow and it will collapse. I am tired of dealing with this sculpt so tomorrow I am throwing it in the oven and we have will see.
 
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1621611609668.jpegWell the sculpt collapsed on the first firing. I set it aside for a while I was through with after a week or 2 I decided to try to fix it. I to reconstruct most of one of the arms, chest and one of the legs. I reinforced the arms legs and chest with fixit sculpt. I am now have to finish off the second set of hands.
 
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Sorry to hear about the setback, that's no fun but it looks like you've persevered and he's looking better than ever, keep going, man! :cool::)
 
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Thanks so much. I finally finished. I made this to go with the clone wars animated line. This is one of my favorite creatures from the clone wars. Hasbro has abandoned creatures and about everything else in the 3.75 line so I knew if I wanted one I had best try to make one. I am pretty happy with how it turned out.
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