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Black Queen Process by TKMillerSculpt Black Queen Process by TKMillerSculpt
Since Mystique progression was so popular, I thought I'd share a little bit about the process for the Adam Hughes' designed Black Queen.

I start with a wire armature to approximate the pose, work the anatomy in clay and eventually refine the figure in wax. The clayup, or rough, is sculpted in Chavant NSP Medium plasticene, and is then molded in silicone and cast in wax for cleanup and detailing.

Her cape was shaped from wire mesh (I hate this stuff), coated with a fairly thin layer of clay, then molded and also cast in wax for cleanup sculpting. I've included a few shots that reveal a little of this process. The cape alone was very time consuming and I was relieved when that portion was finished.

Her corset was also a unique challenge, as Adam had been specific about being able to see through some of the lacces to her belly and her cleavage. This required me to sculpt the center panel of the corset as a separate piece. This was an exceptionally delicate piece, and I was happy with the result when it all came together. You can clearly see the cavity in her torso for the plug in one of the shots.

The whip was cannibalized from a previous Sideshow project. I cast up lots of little resin copies, cut and pasted them together for the result viewed here.

After Sideshow receives a wax master from me, they'll cast it in resin, provide a paintmaster copy, and it all gets shipped to Asia for mass production.

The paintmaster was accomplished by Mike Najera.


A number of comments on my collaborations with Adam Hughes point out that often times the resulting sculpture may not look so much like Adam's concept sketches. As I'm working through a piece, I'm receiving a lot of art direction from Adam as well as from the development team at Sideshow. Usually a sculpture will go through an evolution as art direction is given, things are re-assessed, and changes get made. This is why the end result might appear different from the concept, I sculpt what Adam and Sideshow want me to sculpt.
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sacerludum Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your work is very impressive, it's a great idea to show the different parts of the construct process, this let us imagine the time needed to do this

congratulation

best regards
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Martsuia Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HOLY SHIT
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GP02074942592 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2016
magnificent
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AlAyos Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2016
As a proud owner of this statue, it was pretty cool to stumble upon this on DA. I'm definitely a fan of your work. I've owned about 50 statues/busts, and your figure work stands out. 
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BOOM8293 Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
<font><font>good job !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!</font></font>
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NON-daemon Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
Awesome process...
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TKMillerSculpt Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Professional Artist
Thanks!
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Dhealer777 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
FANTASTIC !!!!!!!
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BREIZH-ANKOU Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
This is absolutely astonishing
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Jaumbz Featured By Owner May 19, 2012
WWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!
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OneZenDude Featured By Owner May 13, 2012
Amaizing work! <3 it!
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Burnswell Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow well done
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:iconnak1990:
nak1990 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
love it
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ego314 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012
one love sweet art
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Caramelle4781 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW! im like in love with this!!!
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BluDrgn426 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
wow, incredible work!
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Phoenixboy Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
great work!
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TKMillerSculpt Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Professional Artist
:D
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sandrocosta Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing!
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PzlWksMedia Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Professional Photographer
My hats off, to your talent. It's nice to some one with talent and flare.... and not afraid to show it. I would be interested to see more of your work. Are there issues in upscaling for size ? Best Regards
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TKMillerSculpt Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Professional Artist
Thanks! I'm not sure what you mean by upscaling. I print out the original concept artwork at the size the sculpture needs to be, then sculpt at that size.
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PzlWksMedia Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Professional Photographer
I was thinking of 24-36 inches. Also how durable are these examples?
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TKMillerSculpt Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Professional Artist
They're durable enough for prototyping, but not so much for setting it on a shelf.
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PzlWksMedia Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Professional Photographer
Ok, now I understand. Still some very cool quality and realistic final product. Best Regards
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funymony Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Professional Filmographer
What a difficult process! Just looking this gives me goosebumps.
I mean seriously, I thought drawing was hard enough, but sculpting a 3D model just blows my mind.
And the painting/coloring! WOW! Man, that's so intense.

Wonderful job!
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TKMillerSculpt Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Professional Artist
Thanks!
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qbeno Featured By Owner May 31, 2011
details are amazing
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TKMillerSculpt Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Professional Artist
:D
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carnifex45 Featured By Owner May 27, 2011
Now if I could get you to sculpt a 28mm (1/48) M3A2 Stewart..... an Amptrak [LVT]... a higgins boat.... and a couple japanese tanks - type 95, 97, 98......

Na, stick with the nicer art.
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yspmin Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011
Superb work.
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RobDeep Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
Incredible work!
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RobDeep Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
Incredible work!
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TKMillerSculpt Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Professional Artist
:D
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purplewoods2010 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Flabbergastingly amazing. You know who's face her's looks like? Rachelle Lefevre. Yup.
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RedGrellyBean Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011
how long does it take to make these master pieces?
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TKMillerSculpt Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Professional Artist
A hundred hours or more.
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natashNAMAC Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010
super cool!
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TKMillerSculpt Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010  Professional Artist
:woohoo:
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barbelith2000ad Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010
breathtaking.
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alexo023 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010
love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Sinclair-milo Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010
what type of wax?
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TKMillerSculpt Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2010  Professional Artist
It's a special blend. This would be Silwax I believe.
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Sinclair-milo Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011
how special? do you add the silwax on the plasticine?
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TKMillerSculpt Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Professional Artist
Meaning it's a blend of waxes used specifically for the prototyping industry. After the original clay has been refined to a satisfactory point, a silicone mold is made and the wax is cast into that mold. I can then refine the wax sculpture with details and polishing. This is what will be sent to the client for production.
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I-Do-Care Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010
Wow, that's brilliant. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.
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sevenofeleven Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010
Even the wireframe has a nice stance, thanks for the showing the process for this model.

Looks great.
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SOACK Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010  Professional Artist
PRO!
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TKMillerSculpt Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010  Professional Artist
Thanks!
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Gilabel Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010
Very. very, very good!!!!! Perfect work!
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TKMillerSculpt Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010  Professional Artist
Thanks so much!
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