Archive for September, 2017


And more progress

More progress at the studio yesterday. You’ll find the pics you see somewhat confusing but it will all make better sense after todays next steps.
I opened the underskull mold and laid up an epoxy fiber glass underskull that I will pull out this morning. I’ll cut the jaw line and hinge it. Cut out the eye area and attach this to the skull cap.
Also I made up a skull cap and I padded my life cast with clay so I have room to add padding to the inside for greater comfort. My Gorilla heads in the past didn’t have this and it was a bit painful over the long days of shooting TV commercials.
Giselle and I started the gums for the eventual teeth I will mold today. I will also sculpt and mold a tong.
And George is closing on the finish of the torso master for the “Iron Giant” It is our hope to mold the torso next week and move on to the waist, arms and legs. It was a busy and successful day!



more steps

Got the core mold made yesterday and will open today. From this I’ll make the supporting epoxy fiber glass underskull. I also started the Star child. Far as I could get in 30 minutes before I had to close the studio and go to a meeting but it shows promise. The eyes are just temps for sculpting. I decided to paint them rather then have that zombie look which can through you when sculpting.



Mold made!

Got the 1630 mold made of the finished sculpt. Tomorrow I’ll do the core. Next week core mold, skin and underskull. Will open the mold in the morning.
Then the real fun begins. Casting the underskull, mechanics, adding the teeth, ears and a whole lot more.
All covered in this weeks upcoming SNG now which will only cover this project and other 2001 projects in honor of the 50th year anniversary of the greatest film of all time!


More progress

So it was driving nuts as usual that something wasn’t right about the sculpt. What there is to go by is limited and or distorted and it has to start life as a neutral sculpt in order for it to all work on a mechanical level.

When just sculpting a gorilla head or some other ape for the studios in the past it was no problem but this is matching. Matching without paint and hair. And there are no surviving skins of this particular sculpt I could find.

So fiddled all day with looking at the film, screen grabs and old blurry B&H pictures and I think later today I can mold the face. Tomorrow I’ll core the mold.

And before you ask. The reason the lips are parted and the wall behind them is a function of the molding process and a place for the core to key. It will become clear later on.

September 2017
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