Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Watch the Sasano-Bori Carving Technique Live!

It might not be anime sculpting, but this video is interesting in so many ways. Creation of a sculpture, check. The person doing it have madz skillz, check. Big ass knife, check!

While we're on the subject of carving, check the video after the jump for something even more interesting!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

homemade sculpting tool

This is the tool seen in the anime face making video. It's made from a used wooden chopstick that I shape and sanded to make it smooth. After sanding I coat the thing with some laquer to keep it shiny, smooth and easy to clean. Sometimes the best tools are the ones you craft yourself, because who's better to know what you need and want but yourself?

Here's a couple of detail shot of the tool.

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Happy sculpting everyone!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Making /Co/lette part 1

This post is long overdue. It was supposed to be up Tuesday, but better late than never.

These are WIPs pics of a side project I'm working on. She's Colette, a character created by the denizen of 4chan's /Co/ board.
I'll try to document the process of making this figure from sculpting, molding, casting, painting and finishing.
So let's do this!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Head batches!

These were the test heads I made for last week's 'Let's Sculpt an Anime-ish face' video.
They're good as a warm up exercise and serve as a quick sketch to get the my mood going. See the last piece there? Yep, she's on the way, sadly not as an action figure though. Probably a small 6" figurines.

More tomorrow! Stay tuned!

comic tools

comic tools

This week 'Let's make an anime figure' post is a bit late. In the mean time, scoot on over to Matt Bernier's Comic tools blog. What is a blog about comic got to do with sculpting anime figurines? A lot actually.

The key for making a good and believable figure, drawing or sculpture, is an understanding of anatomy. Sure you can learn all the names of the bones and muscles but sometimes you just need a quick reference point. Matt's tutorial on drawing the human figure is great for this. Go to his tutorial and read up on the skeletal system. You can adapt this when you're making your armature. After that go on and read about the muscles. It helped me quite a lot, especially the leg and back muscles. As a starting point, just clik on the link above. It'll bring you his post about constructing the torso part of the skeletal system and then read on from there. Really really good stuff.

So in short, go there and learn some basic anatomy, and I'll post the first part of 'Let's make an anime figure' soon.