I'll post here my learnings and training works. Can't find any word to add right now , so, best thing is to start posting some photos :
An elder mushroom, on a 25mm base :
Trying hard to make smooth surfaces (especialy the cap) but it didn't ended very well... One of the difficulty i met is to add fresh putty to dry putty. It obviously won't mix, and i'm probably using too much water on my tools so that they doesn't stick to the greenstuff, but the greenstuff sometimes won't stick to itself either... Btw, bamboo is good for this (so far, imo, but i'm using metal tools too), as it will absorb some water that won't drop much on the putty, making it very handy for most tasks, smoothing, etc.
Thats a very nice characterful sculpt. In most respects it is very good. The only issues with it really are the blending between new layers of putty, as i'm not a sculpter I couldn't really give you much advice on ways to fix it, I guess practice is just needed, some of the other members may be able to help you out more with that though.
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What's it's purpose though ? Any game you can use him in ?
About the GS sticking: GS and GS should stick, unless the new layer already bonds. Avoid water on the side of your GS you want to apply, else it rather sticks to your (watered) tool than to your sculpt. The tiniest bit of water can be too much.
Post by flashheart on Jan 31, 2011 23:19:39 GMT -5
As to getting new putty to stick to old, I always make certain I have a bit of a bond 'tween the two before getting the tools wet and working the surface blending. Another tool I really could not appreciate until I had one in my hand is the colourshaper. I've only got an EXTRA FIRM now and many say they prefer the FIRM but either way, the silicon nib sticks less and the flex allows for much smoother blending into older, cured body.
A local acquaintance/sculptor has also mentioned using a chunk of silicone he had off a recycling center in town. He sculpts for Armourcast and makes me laugh saying my stuff is better than his since he can't see properly. He and I trade pics and tips for projects but I haven't got any silicone for myself yet. Let me know how it goes for you.
Hey guys, thanks for comments, I really appreciate.
Yayale : thank you !
Nico : thanks for the tips ! No game purpose here, just practicing.
Flashheart : thanks ; yea the colourshapers look very nice ! Do you have any other recommandation, like brand, shape ? There is quite a lot of choice ! Anyway, the silicon i've got is way too soft to be used as a sculpting tool ; it's just for making molds
Colourshaper actually is the brand. There is also a Clayshaper but the nibs are made of latex or some synthetic and it binds to the putty too easily as well as being much larger. They're made for ceramic and as far as I know, they're not available in the small sizes like the Colourshapers.
One thing I have considered trying is creating a nib of silicone from a tube of the stuff meant for caulking bathroom tiles but put it on a kebab skewer or toothpick or chopstick or even coffee stirrer. From my first two attempts at this, the shank stick needs to have some sort of grooves or teeth of some sort to get the silicone part to hold on well enough. I would then shave down the silicone clump after it had cured so that I have the angle or shape that I want for my work. I haven't been able to do it until a recent medical leave. If I get anything workable, I will post pics. If you do it first, please post pics and thoughts on the process.
Ok, so i've manage to practice a bit, i got new tools, some kind of the famous colour shapers that i'm using a lot along with my homemade bamboo tools (my favorite so far).
First time using supersculpey firm, very dry, dusty, hardly get smooth, the more i knead the more it crumbles etc... i wasn't able to make it workable for character sculpting but it worked quite well for pieces of architecture :
Maybe i'll try to mold this with silicone.
And more greenstuff work :
I plan to make 3 mummy, two small like this one (25mm to the eyes) and a bigger one, kind of a leader, lich or something, with a scepter, a mask, etc... And probably a small diorama to go with them.
and i just painted the mushroom (there's a bit of time already, it gets dusty !)
Obs : Thanks, and you're right, I literaly warped the bandages on the model as an experiment. It was hard to control the thickness, and very fragile too. I'll try to do the same for the next character, with thiner ones (half or something). If i fail, i'll sculpt them on the third...
Malika : Thanks ! Yep, the anatomy and the proportions are weird I'm working on this !
Post by Troll Forged on Mar 21, 2011 18:04:36 GMT -5
Big improvement my friend. That door is great. Any plan for it? I also like that mummuy, great pose.
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I have no particular plans for the door... Any suggestion ? I'll probably make a set of furniture to go with it, like a bookcase, a table, or maybe a stall and use it to build some kind of medieval shop. I'm quite interested in medieval architecture, so... I'll see what i can do