The level of detail and polish on these heads (all the heads in your gallery, really) astounds me. I know wax is fantastic. But what kind of tools make this possible?
I'm helping someone with a 3" tall figure of a knight (he'll be fighting a much larger dragon). When I went in to rebuild the face, the sculpting tools I thought were small turned out to be several times larger than what I needed to get any substantial detail. How do you come by tools that may be a fraction of a millimeter across? Did you have to make your own?
I've taken to grinding and shaping bits of wire or those needles you find dress shirts stuck with. The toughest thing is shaping the working end without insane magnification. I think I'd be better off having them made for me by an outfit such as SculpTools Studio (www.skulptools.com/main.sc).
Thank you very much. It is very discouraging to have to tread over ground that has been gone over before. Especially when you yourself have done it many many times. This has been my professional experience.
It's funny, the high I get when I write and create something out of nothing is almost like a drug. Yet it is so fleeting and so temporary that it soon becomes a nice memory... Now sculpting and painting on the other hand reminds me of a slow burn, that haunts you even in your dreams, in a nice way. I really do admire artist that can sustain the motivation and still seek that something new in everything they do.
I've got a question....I've noticed that on this and the Baroness that there is no skin texture. Do most companies stay away from texture on female heads to have them seem to be more "perfect"? So to speak, anyway. That perhaps texture would take away from the beauty of the female?
Yeah, texturing a girl is a bad approach. For almost all women, you have to try to be more subtle, from texture to paint to production. It's really easy to make them look bad. Once a head is cast in the proper plastic, it doesn't appear shiny, though. It looks really natural and slightly textured.