Deviant Login Shop  Join deviantART for FREE Take the Tour
×



Details

Submitted on
December 26, 2009
Image Size
1.1 MB
Resolution
1235×1024
Link
Thumb
Embed

Stats

Views
157,264 (63 today)
Favourites
3,695 (who?)
Comments
366
Downloads
32,147 (1 today)

Camera Data

Make
Konica Minolta Camera, Inc.
Model
DiMAGE A2
Shutter Speed
1/60 second
Aperture
F/3.5
Focal Length
22 mm
ISO Speed
100
Date Taken
Jan 17, 2009, 2:21:14 AM
×
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!
Add a Comment:
 

Daily Deviation

Given 2010-01-01
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 )
:iconangie-pictures:
Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:

Reply
:iconburgonartworks:
burgonartworks 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.
Reply
:icontkmillersculpt:
TKMillerSculpt Jan 29, 2014  Professional Artist
Wax aids in getting a high polish on pieces, and it can help tremendously with sculpting tight detail.
Reply
:iconburgonartworks:
burgonartworks Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the info, makes sense.
Reply
:iconakatsukiakuma53421:
AkatsukiAkuma53421 Jul 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
omgg the skill!!!
Reply
:icondavidratajczak:
DavidRatajczak May 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
WoW ! I need clay-sculpting lessons... Awesome !
Reply
:icontkmillersculpt:
TKMillerSculpt May 15, 2013  Professional Artist
;)
Reply
:icontpekelder:
WOW! beautiful piece!
Reply
:iconartbrojohn:
ArtbroJohn Mar 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Very impressive work!
Reply
:iconthewiseweirdprophet:
TheWiseWeirdProphet Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh I apoligize, I see my first question is answered on your front page, I should have checked sorry :)

I have added you to my watch btw :)
Reply
Add a Comment: