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I'm eventually going to get around to doing something of a tutorial, but until then, here are some quick answers to questions I get hit or noted with occasionally. Enjoy!



1. I've never sculpted before but I'm sure I could ROCK the sculpting world harder than you could if I just had the right tools. What tools are you using?

I prefer robust tools that get the job done. These are all wonderful: bit.ly/ear67A

Of course, these are nice too: bit.ly/hnwveS


2. I've not had a lot of luck with my sculpting medium, what materials are you sculpting with?

I like a sculpting medium with good body and firmness. Clays and waxes should hold their own weight, as well as hold detail. If this is your sculpting medium you should rethink your process: bit.ly/evBrme

I like stuff like this: bit.ly/i9vw9K


3. How do you do it?!

With style.


4. What kind of paints do you use?

I don't. I'm a sculptor. That's why each of the painted pieces in my gallery credit another person as the painter.


5. Can you tell me how to sculpt?

Not really, I'm busy sculpting (or creating entertaining blogposts for the interwebs). However, you can visit your local library and pick up books on sculpting, take a class at your local community college, or check this site out: bit.ly/6gu3Yz


6. Why don't you sculpt [insert model, actor, or comic book character name here]?

Because that character is lame. Or my clients have not paid me to.


7. Your sculptures would be so much better if you only [insert unsolicited advice here]. Why must you insist on mediocrity?

Mediocrity is the new black. If you don't like how my pieces look, maybe you should get a job as an art director. Or visit this site: bit.ly/fX1clQ


8. Why are you such a snarky curmudgeon?

Now that's just silly. Read this: bit.ly/MQtK9


9. Can you get me a job in the industry?

I could, but I won't. Sorry, life's not fair, and if you're only bugging me for an in, I'll spread vicious lies about you. See question 8.

Work hard and diversify your portfolio. You're probably not as good as your mom says, so take criticism graciously, and do what the client wants. There ya go, you're on your way to working in the industry.


10. How many stomachs does a cow have?

Four, you git!


11. Where did the name Cracker Jacks originate?

Cracker Jacks was named by an enthusiastic sampler of the popular snack who remarked, "That's crackerjack!" (a colloquialism meaning "of excellent quality").


12. If you can lead a horse to water, does a pencil have to be led?

No, but you still can't do anything with it, you talentless hack.


13. How can I become a talentless hack?

Visit :iconrandyhand: He's turned it into an art-form! (I <3 you, Randy!)

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TK Miller
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Thanks for checking out my page. I have sculpted various and sundry items for Sideshow Collectibles, including many of the women in the Adam Hughes' line of comiquettes, portraits for McFarlane Design Group, and I'm currently sculpting for DC Collectibles' pinup line, DC's Bombshells. I've also sculpted collectibles for Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and various other pop-culture licenses. It's a tough gig, but I've manned up enough to accept the responsibility. I spend my copious free time formulating my plans and schemes for world domination. I like sushi, puppy breath, and spending time with my lovely wife, Rebekah, and our spoiled pug, Winston, in picturesque Colorado Springs.

Things people say about my work:
"Pure win!"
"This is what 'Yum' looks like!"
"I'm here to chew bubble gum and kick... Ooh, NICE sculpture!"


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Sculpting Tutorial

I'm often asked about sculpting tutorials. Well, kiddies, try to contain yourselves, the wait is over! At long last, here is the first in the TK Miller Sculpting series of sculpting tutorials!



And now we begin...

Get yourself a pretty model and have her stand in your basement in her underwear. Take pictures, because, you know, it's a model in her underwear in your basement.

Find yourself some wire. Hardware stores are good for this, but you could do just fine by raiding your sister's closet for some clothes hangers, and you could save yourself some bones while you're at it.

Bend the wire into the framework of an object, maybe like the model you took pictures of before. Like so...

Armature

We call this an armature. And do be careful not to cut yourself or put an eye out, wire can be dangerous.


Next, put some clay onto your wire armature, kind of like this:

Clay

Now make a mold of the thing you just made out of clay. Use your imagination because I didn't take any pictures of molds, just of models and sculptures.

After your mold is made, cast molten wax into the mold. Again, be careful, wax is hot and you don't want to melt your face off.

Once you have your wax casting, clean up the details. Hire someone else to make things like guns, because sculpting guns sucks. For instance...

Wax

Now that your details are taken care of, make your sculpture a pretty base out of things you might have lying around the house or in your sister's closet. Here's one:

Base

Now make another mold (imagination again) and cast the whole thing up in resin. Again, pay someone else to paint your sculpture because your painting skills blow:

Paint

Finally, your sculpture is finished. Enjoy the accolades!

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:iconloofen:
Hi how long did it take for you to become this good as you are now in sculpting? I have just made my first armature and I am now a bit scared to fail with the clay. I hate to make my self disappointed, I, I probably will.

And by the way have you made any smaller sculpts? 28mm  and 54mm, you know for table top games etc..?
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TheKillerAngel 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
How do you think 3D printing will affect the high-end collectibles market? It seems like a good 3D printer should be capable of making figures more efficiently than traditional mold and cast.
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Mann-of-LaMancha Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry, I'm not watching any premium members anymore because of google analytics.
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TKMillerSculpt Mar 19, 2014  Professional Artist
Huh?
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:iconmann-of-lamancha:
Mann-of-LaMancha Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just a stance I have taken on the subject. I apologized as humbly as I could because I didn't want people to think it was something they did wrong that caused me to stop watching them. It seems to have backfired in my face though as almost everyone is taking it personally, never the less.
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