3D Sculpt – Prototypes
I’ve been sculpting figures for over 15 years, using regional clay and cottonwood. Only in the last 10 months has polymer clay been added as a medium for creating 3D figures.
The Owens Valley Doll (OVD) is a figure that was developed as a ‘cultural icon“. The OVD is in the final stages of design modification and will soon be showcased in an online “Gallery Exhibit“.
I do a lot of modification or alteration of most of the action figures that I have in my collection, so the next step was to design my own figures.
Concept sketches provide the sculptor or “modeler” with a general “feel” for the final features and pose of the 3D figure. Color sketches are provided for the person who paints the finished figure.
This figure was designed to be similar to the collectible “Nendoroid” figures produced in Japan, so there are two alternative “faces“. Weapons are often accessories included with figure.
Sketches contain multiple views of the proposed figure, and it not unusual to find handwritten notes scattered around the drawing.
I sign and date all sketches to maintain a graphic record of figure development and to provide a provenance for future reference.
The hands and legs for this figure have yet to be modeled.
The forms are roughed out segments for a single figure – the head still needs to have the hair detailed and facial features added.
The ultimate goal for figure modelers is to see the mold of your sculpted figure.