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Mystique Progression by TKMillerSculpt Mystique Progression by TKMillerSculpt
With the Mystique sculpture now shipping to Sideshow customers everywhere, I thought I'd shed a little light on the sculptural process of a piece like this.

Working very close with art directors from Sideshow, as well as with the designer, Adam Hughes, the statuette progresses from a wire armature through clay and eventually to wax, being refined and tweaked along the way. The initial clayup, or rough, was sculpted in Chavant NSP Medium plasticene, and was then cast in Toxic Mom's Wax for final cleanup and detailing. As you can see from the photos, I'm not above utilizing a mixed media approach to accomplish different effects, or just to make my life a little easier. The final wax master was comprised of about a dozen different pieces, not including the skull base.

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 gun was fabricated by Oliver Brig and the paintmaster was accomplished by Mike Najera.

[Edit] Since the question has come up, I'll explain a little about the process for making the panels of her dress.

For each of Mystique's panels, I glued a thin strip of cloth to armature wire, pressed the ends of the wire into Mystique's abdomen and shaped the wire to match the design. I brushed the fabric down with a fabric stiffener and shaped the wet fabric with a sculpting tool. After the fabric was hardened, I was able to cover the surfaces with clay, allowing me to cast the panels up in wax for further refining.

[Edit] Wow! Thanks so much for a DD on New's Year Day and thanks so much for all of the wonderful comments!
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Mystique Progression by *SculptorTim is not only a carefully and flawlessly crafted sculpture, but to see it from armature up to finished piece is a real treat as it gives a rare glimpse into the creative process the artist uses in construction. ( Featured by Thebuild )
eye4eye77 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
what kind of wire is that? and how did you do that part?
...also, it's amazing. i think i had a partial orgasm when i first saw this.
Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:

burgonartworks Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I cast all of my sculptures in resin only and skip the wax process.  What am I missing by skipping the wax step?  I assume you can get smoother detailing  of your piece?   I just haven't fully understood the wax process.     Love your work, beautiful pieces.
TKMillerSculpt Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Professional Artist
Wax aids in getting a high polish on pieces, and it can help tremendously with sculpting tight detail.
burgonartworks Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the info, makes sense.
AkatsukiAkuma53421 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
omgg the skill!!!
DavidRatajczak Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
WoW ! I need clay-sculpting lessons... Awesome !
TKMillerSculpt Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Professional Artist
tpekelder Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
WOW! beautiful piece!
ArtbroJohn Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Very impressive work!
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