Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Making an Anime Figurine: Female Leprechaun part 3. Sculpting the face

We're back again folks!

As promised, in this installment we're going to sculpt a face. An anime face. Again, I didn't take many in-progress shot. But hopefully this few pictures can better explain how I approach sculpting an anime face.

Here we go!

At first I only have a ball shaped like a reverse tear drop to define the head. Then I add the nose and sculpt it into a pointy button shape. Most anime noses are like this. I then add a ball and blend it to make the forehead.

With the forehead added and dried, I then start defining the shape of the face. I draw guide lines where the major facial feature will be placed (eyes, mouth, etc.). I didn't drew in the ears since they're going to be covered by hair anyway. I also drawn in the shape of the chin and jaw to get that 'anime' look. Using a hobby knife, I then carve the contour of the face. I cant really explain, go grab an anime figure and study the face. You'll get what I'm talking about.

Okay, here is the part where I jump way ahead. To sculpt the eyes here is my approach. Draw the outline of the eye. Carve the inside of the eye. Define the eyelids and the area around it (eye socket and supra orbital foramen). Refine the eye as you see fit. I've also done mouth and lips. I made a slit where the mouth is and using a blunt tool I define the lips. The key to success here is good reference and practice, practice, and a whole lot more practice.

The last set of photos are how I made the hair. Not much to say. Just bulk the shape of the hair, dry it, and carve it.


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This is the where Cloe is at the moment. Still need more detailing and sanding (oh a lot more of sanding). I still need to sculpt her hat and the pot of gold. But maybe I'll just skip the later and do something else. Next up is the detailing and finishing stages. What that translate is more sanding and priming action! Yay -_-u

Making an anime figure: Cloe


Thats the end of part 3. Make sure to check back soon for part 4.
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