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Dark Ivory Statue

"IN PROGRESS" PHOTOS


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Welcome to the debut of the Dark Ivory Statue "in progress" photos! Joseph Michael Linsner, Eva Hopkins and I worked closely together to make sure the statue came out as beautifully as possible. It's finished now, so we'll be posting photos of the piece in progress over the next couple of weeks or so while the piece is molded and painted.


PART ONE

PART TWO

PART THREE

PART FOUR

PART FIVE

PART SIX

PART SEVEN



PART ONE

We didn't document the armature, so the first step you see here shows the figure of Ivory roughed in and all masses built up. The purpose at this point was to check with Joe and Eva to see if the basic structure was coming along as they envision the character. We hope you like her so far!


--CSM


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PART TWO

The next step in the process is to refine the figure to give Joe a good feel for how the figure will look in completion.  The face portrait was sculpted separately and joined to the figure.  It was fully approved at this point, so the head was baked and is fully finished.  However, there can be many changes to the body-the figure can be slimmed, or made more voluptuous or changed in any way Joe and Eva advise.


--CSM


 


PART THREE

Once the figure was finished, including the hands, we made the mold. We generally do two versions of a given sculpture (the second to be released as much as a year later), but nowadays, I want to avoid simply doing the second version as a repaint.

 

So when we take a mold off the body and head, I can sculpt different costumes on each body, thus giving more variation to the two versions.  In some cases, I'll also sculpt a brand new hairstyle.  I've done this in the past with a number of figures I've sculpted.

 

Once the mold was ready of Dark Ivory's body and head, I sculpted the hair, which you see here.

 

--CSM


    

  


PART FOUR

This stage shows the addition of the wings. At this point, only the front of the wings are nearing completion. I thought it might be interesting for you to see the back of the wings unfinished to show how they are constructed. These were shaped from screen mesh on which I then spread consecutive layers of sculpting material, baking in between layers. Next, I would do the same on the back of the wings, then shape the edges and sand to the proper look.

--CSM


   



PART FIVE

In this update, you see the wings are complete, although once they are cast in resin, I'll retouch them and check them over before they are sent to the factory for production.  Joe, Eva and I agreed that the wings should look more as they do in later Ivory art and in the comics.  I've also added the shoulder armor elements, so here you see the effect of the wings with the armor.

--CSM


 

 


PART SIX

At this point I've added Dark Ivory's dress by smoothing material onto the resin. There will be a good amount of smoothing after the piece is molded and cast as prototypes for production. The dress flows over the base, but there is still much to add to the dress, such as the arm details and the bust line of the dress. There is also a lot of sculpting to add to the base, although it won't have as many sharp points as in the artwork. Next time, we'll see the finished piece-wings, base and all!

--CSM


 
 

PART SEVEN

Here we see Dark Ivory fully finished, although the wings were being molded while I finished the dress. So you don't see the fully detailed dress on the figure with the base finished and the wings attached. I wanted the dress to have a very fine, ephemeral quality that made it appear to cling closely to her body so I kept the sculpting to a minimum.


The base is somewhat of a simplification of the base in the artwork, but it still has some nice detail with less danger of breakage in shipping.


In two to three weeks we'll show you final photos of the fully painted Dark Ivory statue so check back with us soon.


And thanks for looking!

--CSM

 
 
 
 

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