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Offline Lovejoy

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Sculpting an owlbear...
« on: July 18, 2016, 08:41:00 AM »
In our latest Kickstarter project, we had an owlbear miniature. While I was sculpting it, I took photos, so I thought I'd share the sculpting process....

First of all, I made an armature out of 3 pieces of brass rod (.81mm thickness). Using three pieces let me include a wire for the head as well as all 4 limbs. Then I bent the wires to show where the joints would be. Obviously an Owlbear isn't a real animal, so I just decided for myself where the joints would go. Then I posed the armature, into a hunting / stalking pose, and attached it to a sculpting block. This is one I use for bigger sculpts, or anything with 4 limbs. It has several thin sections, to allow it to be used for lots of different sizes and poses.


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Re: Sculpting an owlbear...
« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2016, 08:43:37 AM »
Next I used some Milliput putty to form a central core to the model.


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Re: Sculpting an owlbear...
« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2016, 08:45:59 AM »
I wanted the Owlbear to be as close to a real animal as possible, so I began the sculpting by roughing in a basic skeleton.


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Re: Sculpting an owlbear...
« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2016, 08:47:54 AM »
Then I made a base using a mix of Milliput and Green Stuff; I let it cure, then drilled holes into it and attached the armature.


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Re: Sculpting an owlbear...
« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2016, 08:50:17 AM »
The next step was adding muscles; I printed pictures of bear musculature, but also prehistoric big cats, and a T-rex... I could see an Owlbear being descended from a dinosaur of some kind, like a Psitaccosaurus maybe.

Then I started adding muscles to the skeleton, paying attention to the pose and the way that affected the muscle's flexion and extension.

I added eyeballs at this point too.


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Re: Sculpting an owlbear...
« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2016, 08:52:25 AM »
I then added the beak, and let the whole thing cure.


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Re: Sculpting an owlbear...
« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2016, 08:54:29 AM »
Next it was time to start on the fur / feathers... I added thin strips of putty to the head, and blended them together. Then I textured them to look furry. At this point, the top of the head was a bit too low; I needed to add more mass, but I'd run out of putty. So I just decided to add to it gradually as I did other parts.


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Re: Sculpting an owlbear...
« Reply #7 on: July 18, 2016, 08:57:21 AM »
While the head was curing, I decided to start on the feet. I added blobs of putty to the front feet toe areas and shaped them. I marked in lines for the toes, then marked in the claws, and generally shaped and tidied them. Then I did the same for the back feet.

After that, I added more putty to work up the back of the feet.

Then I used flattened strips of putty to add scales to the fronts of the feet, and marked them to look like separate scales.


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Re: Sculpting an owlbear...
« Reply #8 on: July 18, 2016, 09:01:00 AM »
Cracking work  :-* :-* :-*

I really love the way you've gone about it as well. How long has it taken so far?

cheers

James

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Re: Sculpting an owlbear...
« Reply #9 on: July 18, 2016, 09:07:11 AM »
(Jim, it took about 10 days to complete, but I was doing other stuff at the same time, so it was probably about 5 or 6 full days really.)



I then went back to the fur / feathers. I added fresh putty to the front part of the body, and marked in the rough lines of separation for the fur. I then textured it to look furry.


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Re: Sculpting an owlbear...
« Reply #10 on: July 18, 2016, 09:11:30 AM »
Then I continued the same way across the rest of the body.


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Re: Sculpting an owlbear...
« Reply #11 on: July 18, 2016, 09:15:05 AM »
I then started work on the back legs; it was the same procedure as the body, but you can see the texturing process a bit better here. I mark in the lines of separation for the fur, then I use the blunt end of my sculpting tool to roughly mark each tuft of fur. Finally I work each one with the sharp end of the tool, gradually turning them into 'V' shaped marks. You just need to keep gradually refining them until it looks right...


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Re: Sculpting an owlbear...
« Reply #12 on: July 18, 2016, 09:17:51 AM »
I then began on the front arms / wings... and ran into a problem. Partway through, I realised that although the pattern of feathers I was using worked on that leg, once I turned to the other side, the leg position would make those feathers unworkable. So I stopped, let it cure, then cut it away...


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Re: Sculpting an owlbear...
« Reply #13 on: July 18, 2016, 09:20:25 AM »
I decided to do the other side first, as any feather arrangement that fitted OK there would also work on the opposite leg.


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Re: Sculpting an owlbear...
« Reply #14 on: July 18, 2016, 09:22:53 AM »
Then I turned it around, and did the other leg, for the second time...


 

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