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February 6, 2012
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Feb 2, 2011, 10:46:45 PM
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Black Widow by TrevorGrove Black Widow by TrevorGrove
1:4 scale headsculpt sculpted for Sideshow Collectibles. Black Widow from Iron Man 2.

This was a lot of fun, though the hair was quite a challenge.

Sculpted in wax. Pupils were just scribed in for photos

Thanks for looking!
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JohnRCostaIII Apr 5, 2014  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey brother, my name is John Costa and i just want to say that your work is amazing! The likeness of whoever you are sculpting is dead on.  I have just recently started to try capture likenesses in my sculpture. though I have only attempted 3 pieces, each one gets a little closer to what I am attempting. I currently working in 1/4 scale, that is about the smallest i would consider attempting at this point.  I have a ton of questions but I guess the most important one at this point is what techniques do you use to dial in such likeness?  Do you measure points on the face? what device do you use to measure, if you do at all?
I am in the Army, currently in Afghanistan and in my spare time, I am working on refining my skills with some super sculpey i have.  My goal is to achieve work that is comparable to your stuff, you are by far the best out there in my opinion.  So follow the best if you want to be the best. I hope you come across this message. i would enjoy picking your brain if you ever had the time.

If you every feel like helping out another American my email is

take care and look forward to seeing more of your work.

TrevorGrove Apr 5, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Hey John! Greetings!

Thank you very much for your kind words on my work. It means so much to know that one's work inspires someone. I am really happy to hear that you are attempting likeness sculpture, and that you are passionate about it.

1:4 scale is a great size! The best advice I have for likeness sculpture is to gather LOTS of reference of your subject. I measure by eye...I've never liked to measure anything specifically because it feels like that takes the fun away from it.. It's not a bad idea to do it, though, if you find it helpful! I look at all of my reference on the computer, so I have hundreds of pictures sometimes of my subject. I like to mirror the images sometimes and look at my sculpture in a mirror too...that helps me see things that are off and fix problems.

I'm a bad sculptor when it comes to super sculpey. Most of the best Asian likeness sculptors use Sculpey firm, but make amazing pieces from it. I work in hard wax, because it gives me control and I don't have to worry about smooshing the details. :) Whatever you find that you prefer is the right method, though. There is no right or wrong...just whatever is right for you.

For me, sculpting likenesses seems to get harder and harder the more years I do it, I think because my eye is better attuned to seeing all the intricacies I need to capture. The thrill of the hunt is quite enjoyable some days, though.

All the best to you, and my wishes for your safe return from Afghanistan. Enjoy the sculpture, and be well! I'll try to help out if you have questions.

JohnRCostaIII Apr 6, 2014  New member Hobbyist Traditional Artist

Thanks for the tips. I will try mirroring images and my work in a mirror, great tip to see the project with a different angle.  One thing i did on this Robert De Niro practice sculpt was take a picture of it from the same angle the reference photo and then layer the image on top of each other. I can change the transparency of the image to see where i am off, its a technique that helped out some at least until I am able to translate what my eye see's to what my hand is doing.

I have bought some CX5 from Adam Beane but using it is like learning to walk again.  I didn't have a waxer before I deployed to Afghan so I didn't get the opportunity to see what its capabilities are or how to move it around.  I am thinking about ordering some Castaline to try out. Will I need a alcohol lamp or a waxer? I just dont have acces to some tools right now so making sure i set myself up for sucess before i order anything and have it shipped here here to Afgan.

Thanks for your time
burgonartworks Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
love the hair
TrevorGrove Jan 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much!
Hannekelr Feb 10, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
The likeness and character in this piece is amazing! I cannot believe this is at a 1:4 scale! The detail is awesome.... and the hair!!!!
The-Small Feb 10, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
TrevorGrove Feb 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Many thanks!
StudioJsculpts Feb 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Incredible work on her hair!Wow!!
hair always seems to be the big challenge, no matter what the art style is
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