Wednesday, October 7, 2015

(Chrome) Assassin - Ilse Sturmfeder (2)

Hi all,

process with Ilse was slow, as I had to stop often and at least partially cure some of the clay to preserve details.

Since the last update I completed her left arm.
and finished the hand (with the Lilly cat in the background).
The right arm and hand,
and started with the head.
I found sculpting the head without proper facial features and still lacking the mass of the neck quite challenging.
But once I was pleased with the shape I added a lump of clay and started the mouth.
Mouth and face-shield.
With the rest of the head, including the "eye-slit", it looks better.
Once I had cured the head, I sculpted the neck,
and finally the "ears" :)
Ilse in her (at that time) final pose - sculpting completed.
Next I went to cutting her blades from plastic card.
After a lot of sanding it looks like a blade.
and her final "knife".
For the right hand she got a sword.
I tried to keep the shape of the blades rather curvy to complement her body shapes.
At this point I decided to change the angle of the right hand.
and now she's holding the sword a bit different - which I feel looks better.
After the blue primer I painted her in the very light blue chrome base color.
And then I started to indicate the horizon of the reflections.
This is still very crude.
On the right knee and breasts you can probably see the corrections, where I moved the horizon to better fit the shape and position.
But this now gives a good impression of how she'll look (hopefully).
So, what do you think?
I look forward to your feedback, comments and suggestions.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

(Chrome) Assassina - Ilse Sturmfeder (1)

Wow, it's been a while...

Sorry for the long break, but it was a nice summer, and only some small projects.

The first project was a commission (yes, normally I don't o commissions, but this was for an aunt of mine). It is a birthday gift for an hobby archer, conducting Kyudo (traditional Japanese archery) who's zodiac sign is the libra.
So I sculpted a stylized Archer, standing on a scale, with a libra symbol in the center.
It is Super Sculpey (50:50 firm/standard) and then a lot of sanding :)

Another project I did was a pencil holder for my youngest nephew, who had his first school day last week.
So I sculpted a small dragon, perched on a desk over a huge book - inspired by an image by the Brothers Hildebrandt


It was sculpted from SuperSculpey, with a base made of Stewalin.


Looking at Phil's face, I think it was a success :)

So these were the two summer projects I did since Bian the Red.
Last week I finally started a new project.
It will be an Assassin(a), and hopefully she'll be made of chrome...
But let's look at it from the start.
Using the same scale as I used for the Dragon Princess, I created the wire frame - made from a metal cloth hanger - the ones you get from the dry cleaner.

Then I wrapped it in masking tape, to make the SuperSculpey stick better.

 Here you can see the first layer - SuperSculpey medium.

I then completed the basic shape - and after baking I realized some errors and shaved them back off.

And while satisfied with the shape, I realized I had no way of mounting the figure...
So I cut off her lower leg,

and added a new wire, with a supporting section to mount it into the ground.


I wrapped it in a layer of Greenstuff to give it extra stability.

After re-sculpting the leg I began my "Robotification"

Some may remember the "Sexy Robots" by  Hajime Sorayama
and this is what I'm trying to achieve...


The technique is a bit time consuming, as I have to conserve the details, by using the heat gun for at least a minute or two, before I go to the next section.

But I think the result is worth the effort.




I hope the pose will work out the way I intend it :-P

I also hope I can pull off the chrome effect while painting.



So, this is as far as I got with Ilse Sturmfeder, the Chrome Assassin.


I hope you like the update and I look forward to your comments, suggestions and feedback.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Bian the Red - finished

Hi all,

as time was running out, I had to rush to complete Bian. 

I had to completely re-paint her skin.
But it was really worth it :)
Even though the flames from the braziers aren't as bright as I wanted them,
The overall result is good.
So here's an all-around:

And the usual Coolminiornot Collage:
This is Bian the Red, daughter of the Hydana the dragon and the mortal Lucianus of Camore.
She is seen in her lair, between her precious gold, pearls and gems - a treasure worthy of any real dragon - in a prayer to the God of Fire.
If you find the time, I'd appreciate the vote ;)

 Thank you