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AH Lara Croft WIP by TKMillerSculpt AH Lara Croft WIP by TKMillerSculpt
Someone asked REALLY nicely about work in progress shots, so here you are...

As you can see, these things usually go through something of an evolution from start to finish. There's seldom a direct route to the designer or design team's vision and that's reflected in these shots. Of particular note, you can see a huge difference in the early development of Lara's face, as well as an eventual idealization of her figure. It's frequently remarked that often times the end result may not look entirely like the designer's concept sketch. Designers, development teams, and the sculptors will usually have numerous discussions and changes will be made that might pull away from initial concepts. Sometimes licensors (those that hold legal ownership of the character) may even require changes to be made that also draw away from the initial design. And lastly, sometimes it's decided that particular elements need to be changed due to production costs or they just don't work in three dimensions and may detract from the overall piece.

AH! Lara Croft Premium Format Statue. Designed by Adam Hughes. Sculpted for Sideshow Collectibles. Wax, Balsa Foam, Bond-O, Castilene, and Resin. Entire piece stands 20", 2010.
Final approved sculpture. Critiques are not welcomed. Thank you for understanding.

Guns and Grenades by Oliver Brig. Paint and Fabric Elements by the Sideshow Development Team. Photography courtesy of Sideshow Collectibles.

Special thanks to Carissa Monroe [link] for modeling support and providing valuable reference.

The AH! Lara Croft Premium Format figure goes up for order June 2nd at [link] but you must be on their newsletter list to purchase that day. You can sign up for Sideshow's newsletter at [link]


As always, I'd like to thank Adam Hughes and Sideshow Collectibles for the opportunity to work on such a special piece. This project was especially challenging but has also risen to the top of my favorite pieces to work on, and I'm very pleased with how she's turned out. I hope you all enjoy her as much as I do!
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Tiroro2002 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014   Digital Artist
oh wow this is beautiful!
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ang3ll Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
this is awesome o.o
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Rookie141 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
dem sculps. veeery impressive ._. if i had your talent, people who come into my room would be slayn by a flood of figures :D
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YankeeBlueJeans Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Incredible work. :D
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mysteryadvocate Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thank you so much for posting your WIPs, it really is invaluable to beginners like myself to get an idea of: 

- How to start a piece and different methods of doing so
- Not get disheartened during the sculpting as the character doesn't come through till later on in the process
- And just to show that it can be done, and isn't magic :)

Really though, thanks. Your work is INCREDIBLE.
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Rayplogs Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
WOW. That's amazing.
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LOFPB Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
Awesome to see the process! Thanks.
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airkraken Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013
cool.
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Sagakarikikkaru Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Student Digital Artist
How do you build the clothes on top of the figure? I want to try making my own figures but I haven't tried doing anything as intricate and detailed as people. (I have made swords, mugs, plates and such)
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TKMillerSculpt Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Professional Artist
In some cases they're sculpted, but in this case a team of miniature costumers managed real clothing.
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