Doctors heal you, Artists immortalize you.
"Those who can, do. Those who can't, teach" - bullshit.
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Don't sweat it guys, no big deal to me. Actually I knew your track record Kenny and wondered if I could catch you out, haha soz couldn't resist.
Back to topic-HOLY COW THIS IS FULLY AWESOME!!!!
Going to be stunning with hair, seems a shame to cover it.
I started through on this thread from the beginning and am only (probably) about 3/4's of the way through your process on the dragon-man hybrid... This. is so amazing. What I've seen of the werewolf is just ungodly awesome.
I've toyed with the idea of sculpting before, and I'm damn sure it's -nowhere- near as easy as you make it look, but I really am in the mood to go buy some tools/sculpey after looking through this.
Okay.. the really messy bit!! Yes, this is where I stick the hair on!
The materials I am using are:
1. Wood Adhesive also known as PVA Glue
2. Sharp scissors
3. Mohair (you can get this from Ebay)
4. Glass chopping board or a glass surface (clean)
5. Hair dryer
Before the really messy bit is the preperation, which is very important. What I do is, pull the hair apart carefully and then cut them into strips.
I then lay them neatly into rows.
I then carefully drop the glue over the top.
I then take a brush and a clean finger and hold the hair down whilst I carefully paste the glue into the hair.
Then, let this dry for 24 hours.
Now, as you can see the glue has dried clear and with a little tug of the hair and glue, it will peal off nicely.
I then take the scissors and start cutting away!
The really really messy bit.
Okay, what I do is start from the lowest pointy of where youw ant the hair to be. NEVER the top. Always the bottom up! This way you won't get glue stuck to the ends of the hair strands.
As I stick them on, I use a hair dryer to make it dry quicker.. it won't dry straight away but heat does help. The glue will eventually dry clear.
It may look ludicrous (the sculpt will) but no fear! That's just a part of the process. We'll get to fixing that soon!
Now that the glue is dry, I take the hair dryer and blow all over the sculpt. loose bits of hair will fly away.
I then take the scissors and start snipping away.
Please note that I don't throw the cut off hair away, I use them else where on the sculpt. Inparticular the face and some patchy parts of the body.
This is the very fun part because I am hairdressing a werewolf! Yes! So, I patch up some areas with paint and I use a spray water bottle and generously go over the entire sculpt without touching it. The hair is incredibly fine so the weight of the water will make it stick closer to the body. I then 'style' it by pullnig the hair gently, shaping it until I'm happy with it. It may look like a drowned rat by now eh? Never mind! It's okay! I then take the hairspray and generously spray the sculpt.
It's looking better now, but what's with the funny blobs of glue and blobbly hair?? No worries.. Leave it to dry overnight.
..Then voila!! The glue's dried up and there's no blobs anymore, no white glue or anything
I'm surpries how fast this has been done myself yer know? I don't get it! lol
And I'm really glad that you're getting a lot out of this my friend, it means so much to me, really it does! I really want to help because not only is it so much fun to do, but I think anyone can do it!
And yeah maybe Terry should create a character of me! lol
Thanks again loads!
LOL you made me laugh when I read your message.. 'track record' lol I like that!
And yeah.. i kinda wondered the same thing about covering it.. but ir eally wanted it too look realistic yer know? I just hope that I've managed to achieve believability without ruiing it! Thanks a million my friend
Excellent work! The werewolf is awesome, The amount of detail you put in really shows in the finished piece with outstanding results. I also really like you other work, your ability to keep creating consistent quality sculptures is very inspiring. Great thread.
You know, it means soooo much to me that I've managed to inspire you.. sincerely. It's one of those things that make me feel like I've done something right, that I must be doing some good by inspiring someone to pick up some clay and start sculpting! Thank you just seems to smaller words to use But thank you!
Master Kenny, you totally nailed this, I like the way you matted up the hair, really suits the piece-Great eye!
So the photos are great, so these must be jaw dropping in real life!!
Please do an exhibit or something, I for one would love to see these in the flesh.
PS. You deserve all the praise we can muster.
I Love it, I love it, I love, I love it..
Did I mention that I love it?
An add on to TeaMonster. It's a bit of a long shot (especially with me and no sculpts) but wouldn't it be good to get to meet people from the UK and see their works? What events are there?
Coz I also wish to see your works Kenny as well as anybody elses, then we can talk about how people got to those stages etc
So, where will your imagination take you today?...
As I finally have time to get back and finish looking through the last of this thread, I've just been grinning ear to ear... ESPECIALLY at the part where you show the hair process. It is just so cool to have someone with such masterful work documenting their process so carefully for the benefit of others.
...and I laughed my head off when I saw the photograph where you were blow-drying and styling the werewolf's hair... It looks SO pissed off.
Hey mate, yer know.. I talk about this with my wife and friends about wanting to meet all my talented friends.. I'd love to. I've made really good friends from CA and facebook even, people who are into art and sculpture and even the same interests as me. It'd be a laugh to say the least my friend :-) I have no idea what kind of events are out there, and in all honesty my friend it can be difficult for me coz I'm a wheelchair user, and not everywhere is accessible for me. So it can be a little awkward if you know what I mean? But yeah dude.. its a bloody good idea!
Oh wow, I really am grateful for you taking the time to look through my thread.. (I hope you didn't find it boring!) And I'm glad that you have found it helpful.
Haha.. i didn't realise that he looked so pissed off until I looked back at the piccies. Yes, he certainly ain't impresed is he? lol
Many thanks again my friend
Y'know Kenny, one of the best things about this piece is that, in a world of
about a billion werewolf sculpts, this one is truly original! The mixed media
just puts it over the top, but the bottom line is, it's absolutely amazing! You've
got such a great, unique style that I could pick your work out anywhere.
And I said it in my thread, but I'll say it again here, that tutorial was almost
as incredible as the sculpt itself. Talk about generous advice! You've practically
got a book with just that alone! Anyway, it's good to be back and I really can't
wait to see what you've got lined up next!
"It seems like once people grow up, they have no idea what's cool." - Calvin, Attack of the Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Snow Goons
Kenny, this is truly a worth buying documentation, and you give it to us for free! That makes you such a great kind hearted man. Thanks brother and keep up this great sculpting rythm! You rock!!!!!! and blow up my mind!
T-Boy certainly touched on the key element that makes this such a terrific piece to inspect: It stands out.
Plain and simple, there are certain subjects that are so thoroughly saturated right now that representing the character/creature/subject is simply not enough. It has to be interpreted in a way that gives it a platform of attention that raises it above the others and twists the final result away from what's expected.
You've certainly given us something unexpected.
I'm a tremendous fan of your decision to not give us another man-beast, but to drive this piece closer to a base of primitive savagery. More beast than man. More simple, predatory instinct than complex, human response. Cheers all around for this success (and another fabulous tutorial). I hope we'll see a video of your process manifest somewhere in the aether of the Web soon.
... a cry went up into the shuddering air, and faded to a shrill wailing, passing with the wind, a voice bodiless and thin that died, and was swallowed up, and was never heard again in that age of this world.
Dearest friends, Troyboy, Luca, And KingUnicorn dudes..
Wow guys.. I mean wow.. where do I start eh? I can't just say 'thank you' or 'I'm speechless'.. I think, 'thank you' are two words that just won't cut it at all.
You know, for many years I wanted to go on a sculpture course, but ever since I was young although I did do sculpture, I suppose I concentrated more on illustration in the forefront and sculpting was stuck in the background. I studied Graphic Design and Illustration and even then I was still so attracted to seeing my imagination in three dimensions, so I can hold it and see the light fall onto it.
And so through out all those years I played with lumps of clay and bought books and stuff, but i always got a little frustrated with the lack of resources for people who want to be sculptors. It seems that although illustration is difficult to get into, resources are a lot more accessible to everyone. But Sculptors.. it's sorely lacking.
So, I wanted to ask questions but didn't know where to go, I wanted to start a course, but they're costly, timely awkward and they don't even offer the stuff that I want to get into. So like the old saying goes, 'If you want something done, then you gotta do it yourself' but how? Answer: Trial and error! Yes. Quite costly and timely and frustrating even, but no one else was gonna show me coz I couldn't find anyone! So when I found this place it gave me an opportunity to learn from others like yourselves and to show new tricks and methods that I have found to be helpful. I know there are many sculptors out there who have felt the same way as me, and I do try as best that I can to help in some way. So I'm really happy, truly happy that I've managed to help and even inspire those who are starting out, or have been doing this for years because wow guys.. you inspire me so much.
And you know, I don't really think I'm really all that good at sculpting. I'm not saying that to fish for compliments either. I don't even do this professionally either (But who knows that may change one day) I don't care about being rich, I just care about being happy, and maaan I love sculpting and drawing so much! I get a real buzz out of it. And it's an honour to be amongst such greatness in ths forum, you guys rock. I would seriously love to meet all of you one day. It would be a serious laugh.
And regards to the Werewolf.. It stands out? Really? Wow.. I was worried that it was going to look the same as many other werewolf designs! But.. I tried so hard to think how a werewolf would look like if it actually existed, I mean how would much of the body would fully transform, and how would it effect it's skin.. I ask myself these mad questions! The next werewolf stage will actually look more like the hybrid we know, but with a bit of a twist (I'm hoping!) So thank you guys, sooooooooo much for everything, for your kindess, support and appreciation.
Man hugs all round!
You are a great guy for giving us what you never had yourself, and in regards to your own estimate of your abilities:
"It is always the secure who are humble." ~Gilbert Keith Chesterton
So, where will your imagination take you today?...
first off I think I spend too much time in this forum..LOL
secondly..its great to see how you did the Fur,and in such detail as a few others have said this thread is a book in its self,awesome as ever
Theres a few people on this site that I cant help but go and draw inspiration from their threads,which explains why I have to comment every time I come in!!
Sooooooo looking forward to the next stage!!