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:iconbaston27:
Sir, you are a human 3D printer !!!
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:iconhoudashams:
HoudaShams Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Incredible work you have here!! 
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:icontrevorgrove:
TrevorGrove Jan 8, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!! I appreciate you taking time to look.
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:iconhoudashams:
HoudaShams Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome :D 
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:iconddorrity:
You don't happen to teach classes or post tutorials anywhere.  Your sculptures are amazing.  I am particularly interested in your processes to get likenesses.
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:icontrevorgrove:
TrevorGrove Nov 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I appreciate that! Your work is so wonderful! Thank you.

I have never taken proper time to do a good tutorial, though I have intended to do a time-lapse video of the process so people can get a sense of how it happens.

The best advice I can give for doing portraiture is getting TONS of reference photos from all angles you can. I look at my reference on the computer, so I can just go through hundreds of photos at any time to study the faces.

Working in wax is important for me to be able to control how I can get likenesses...but some of the best portraits I ever see are made out of polymer clay....which is super impressive to me. I'm just too heavy handed to pull off working in softer materials, unless it's deliberately rough.

thanks again!
Trev
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:iconddorrity:
I'm still fairly new at this and haven't really found the sculpture medium that is right for me yet.  I have used epoxy based clay that self harden after several hours.  I have used various oil based clays and polymer clays.  The one type of medium I haven't used yet is wax.  They all have their advantages and disadvantages.  You are saying you like wax best because it is a harder material, but can be manipulated with flame...etc?

How long does it typically take to get a likeness?

Sorry for all the questions. I'm working on a piece where I am trying to get a likeness, and its been a long hard battle.  I'd love for you to do a time lapse of an entire piece.  I know thats a lot of work.  But it would be cool to see.

Keep up the great work!  Its inspiring to see.
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:icontrevorgrove:
TrevorGrove Nov 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you again!

YES, likeness work is a hard earned result....it's insanely difficult sometimes, and it can feel like your spinning your wheels and getting nowhere. Remaining patient and tenacious is the best thing I can suggest...LOTS of photo reference for your subject....I also like to hold other headsculpts up for comparison so I can see where I'm doing well and where I'm not doing well.

I've had certain likenesses that come together in a week, but it often takes up to 3 to do it really well. the quality that is expected nowadays is far higher than when I began, so that makes things difficult too.

Wax is great because it can hold detail and endlessly be manipulated...I just prefer it...not everyone does. As you know, you just gotta find what works for you, and, yes....every medium has it's drawbacks.
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:iconddorrity:
I've noticed some of your pieces have a very high degree of detail on the face...skin textures and the like.  At some point I'd love to see a tutorial on how you take a smooth face and get the finished texture and detailing done.  You set a high bar bar my friend.  Some of us have a long way to go yet!
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:iconcyanideecstasy:
As I said before, I love absolutely everything. However, it actually grieves my heart that I found zilch on Supernatural, lol. As much as I love the Winchesters, the thing I was hoping to see the most was a Castiel sculpture with close up pictures on his wings. I can picture several sculptures in the photography style and the details put in their faces to the point where it's almost enough to be satisfactory, but, since they're only mental images and not the real deal, I'm still disappointed. xD Nonetheless, I'm excited to see what other sculptures you create. :)
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