Tip: Using Pre-made Objects while Sculpting

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Using Pre-made Objects while Sculpting

Eyes, teeth, horns… often times, a sculpture requires features which repeat and need to appear nearly identical, or which need to be an exact shape and size each time. Instead of trying to sculpt each part individually, it can sometimes be easier to pre-make an object (like the spikes in the lizard photo) or use an existing object (the glass cabochons being used as eye placeholders).

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Getting Garrus’ Eyes Right

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The previous post, Garrus Mask Neck Building, covered how I made the neck on my Garrus mask. This one is entirely about eyes.

As many artists will tell you, the eyes of a character are one of the most crucial things to get right in a painting. This holds true with costuming as well! I knew from the start that Garrus wouldn’t look the way I wanted if I used my own eyes, partially because of the position of the head and neck, and partially because human eyes look nothing like turian eyes.

To that end, I designed the mask with the idea that I would be making false eyes. This turned out to be a challenge to get right.

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Molding and Casting Garrus’ face

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In the previous post, Sculpting Garrus’ Face, I showed how I sculpted Garrus’ face. This blog will show how the sculpture went from clay to latex, and the continuing process of building the mask.

I decided to make a one-piece mold for the face. Before starting to make the mold, I needed a base to catch the plaster runoff. I started by building a wall of cardboard pieces around the base of the sculpture, attached with hot glue.

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