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Anakin Rough by TrevorGrove Anakin Rough by TrevorGrove
This is a look at the ugly process of making headsculpts. :)

This is from the Anakin 1/4 scale statue from Sideshow. you can see the finished sculpt here, from the deviation I put up before. [link]

each row of photos kind of shows a slight progression. This is one of the only sculpts I took the time to snap a few "in-progress" photos of. I had hoped it would become a habit, :D but as usual I slipped out of the groove.

As for insight into the process, you really just start carving away at the wax, adding back melted blobs to start building up your forms. Eventually as you start to get things on the right track, you sand them smoother with heated sanding sponges.

enjoy
Trev
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:iconunconventionalsenshi:
Luv all your work btw ^^
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TrevorGrove Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you much!
Trev
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:iconunconventionalsenshi:
Is it aslo made of polymer clay(sculpey) based on some armature? Hom many re-bakes it takes for you to make a nice head like that? :) Because I don't believe theres just one bake at the ending! The soft clay would be getting deformed all the time ,right?
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TrevorGrove Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, this is actually sculpted from hard wax, as are most of my pieces. So no baking. :) I actually can't work in soft materials too well. Sculpey is tough! :)
Trev
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I see, thanks a lot :)
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charliebecker Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009
I love how you have the likeness down in the rough, as well as the emotion. So many people get too detailed too soon. If you can recognize him all gloopy, you know you have it!

As for the wax, McFarlane uses hard Castilene with an extra hardening ingredient. Probably much like Willow Fuse or 360. It allows you to mush it around when warm, but sand & carve when cool. Still not the same as a toy wax, but lots of flexibility.

Trev, do you have an estimate of how many hours you put into a headsculpt like that?
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TrevorGrove Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
That's very nice of you to say! Likeness work is so damn finicky! I tend to feel lousy about the work until the last few hours when I'm finishing it up. :)

I had heard McFarlane used a mix of Castilene. I tend to find castilene too soft for me, but I'm using it for my rough outs now, ever since Chavant took over. I LOVE using it for roughing out figures. It's also great for capes and such, as I'm sure you know!

To answer your question, I really don't know how many hours I put into a headsculpt, I know it's a ton. depending on the size, it varies a bit. usually 2 full weeks for a 1/4 scale sculpt, but I'm usually sculpting other elements as well. about 1 week for a 1/6 scale head, if it's all I'm working on.

Thanks again for the note! I'm gathering you sculpt? I'd love to see your work!
Trev
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charliebecker Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010
So sorry I haven't written back. I joined Deviant art pretty much to write to you, but don't come back here much.

I know the feeling, doing a likeness for me is like an exercise in manic/depression - a lot of highs and lows.

My website shows my work:
[link]

would love to talk to you more.

- Charlie
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steveyoungsculptor Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008
sooooo awesome and inspirational! youve got me in such a good mood... you could so easily do the charred/ burned Anakin before he has his transformation!
Just a thought :)
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Bilious Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008  Professional General Artist
While my father was still in the sculpting business and he did a brief stint with McFarlane he was introduced to this weird clayish type wax (or waxy clay?) Is that the same material you sculpt with? The color and consistency looks about the same. I showed him your works and he was so blown away by how wonderfully smooth and controlled your surfaces and textures and details were ^_^ Seeing these in progress pictures brings back memories of growing up watching him at his workbench. X)
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