This is my first figure sculpt in around 5 years. A combination of other projects, time and inspiration have stopped me from making a sculpt. This is until I saw a figure sold by a small model company. I was immediately drawn to the style and obvious artwork that had gone into the piece. I had considered purchasing it but when confronted with the cost and size I was a little put off. It would be unfair to say that it was overly expensive when one considers that the model is 1/8 scale and it has been derived (as I later found out) from a Canadian artist by the name of Derek Stenning. A little bit more research led me to finding out that he had a published work called the EK series that was all the same theme albeit a number of different characters. Unfortunately it was a limited run and finding a copy of the book was next to impossible. Fast forward a few years and my daughter managed to find a second hand copy of the book in amazing condition for my birthday. I was an extremely happy pappy that day!!
*warning* the next paragraph contains a rant!!
I have not included a link to the model companies website as I usually do, nor will I publish its name as they have decided that they will not ship to the UK because they are obviously unhappy that the UK has left the single market and the company won't comply with the new UK tax laws citing "not our job". It wasn't the model making community that made the decision to leave the European single market and we didn't decide on the tax laws! Why this company thinks that by excluding an entire community from their product will make any difference is beyond me especially when they will ship to any other country in the world! Does the rest of the world think that all British people are all xenophobic and agree with every decision their government makes and should be excluded accordingly or is it just this company??
OK that's my rant over with and please accept my apologies; I'm just sick of BREXIT and everything that goes along with it. While I know that my opinion will also make as much of a difference as this company's opinion (none). I do now feel better for putting my thoughts into words!
Back to the sculpt!
I waited a little while (6 months to be exact) before starting a sculpt from the book as I had other projects that I wanted to finish before dedicating my time to this. The particular figure that I liked is entitled "Insolent mockery of the divine under centrist rule". The title I know is a bit of mouthful but thankfully the artist chose the English translation of the original title in German as this was a little longer and I don't think I would enjoy trying to type it a few times in this post. I was also met with a minor disaster when I went to the attic to retrieve my sculpting equipment (see this post for what I use) and realised that I had unintentionally included a brand new block of sculpey firm when I placed everything in storage; this resulted in it completely baking off in the heat of the attic! Fortunately Amazon came to the rescue with a reasonably priced block in 24 hours; phew!!
Starting the sculpt
Like any sculpt; I started off with the construction of an armature. I should point out that I am not a trained figure sculptor and have learned from a few very good books that I have bought over the years and a great many You-tube videos by some very talented people. I had previously made my armatures from copper wire but this time I invested in some aluminium alloy armature wire for the job. I also opted to "bulk out" the armature using some crushed aluminium foil rather than Sculpey. This resulted in a much lighter frame and far less Sculpey being used. I made a short tutorial a few years ago on how I make my armatures here if your interested.
after the armature had been completed to the right size and approximate dimensions (1/16 or 120mm scale) I then began to work out the pose of the figure that I wanted to sculpt. With the pose complete I then applied a very thin layer of sculpey over the torso and limbs and then baked it off to set the pose. I have included an image from Derek Stenning's book for reference however I will not include any other reference images that I used from his book as this would be both a copyright infringement and let's be honest; insulting to the artist as I would be essentially publishing a large amount of his work without permission.
Making the stand
The head sculpt
If you are wondering what the writing is on the back of the figure; it just transferred notes from the metal back that's written in permanent marker. To finish off the leg mounts? or leg attachments? Whatever you want to call them; I first baked off two circular rings on the handle of one of my sculpting tools and then glued them onto the figure. I then wrapped a ring of sculpey around the baked ring and sculpted in the details before baking off a second time. I'm glad I tried to re-sculpt these rather than make them out of plastic card as I originally intended purely because I have now increased my sculpting skills once again.