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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Lego Stormtrooper animation and stills on: February 11, 2009 05:44:40 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Ul73Cnmppo

Not really sure if animation belongs on craftster? But i dont see why i shouldn't.....

I just completed this stop frame animation.  I used Final Cut Pro, Photoshop and Macromedia Flash.  I captured the images of the lego stormtrooper using a blue screen, well actually a bedsheet which was problematic when it came to keying out the background (so many shadows and creases - maybe an iron wouldve saved me a couple of hours!).  I used Photoshop to key out the blue screen and then layed the images on top of a shot of a drain i shot.  The other backgrounds are images i created in Photoshop layering the different elements.  The rain at the begining and umbrellas were created and animated using Macromedia Flash.

Id love to hear what you think.

HERES THE YOUTUBE LINK:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Ul73Cnmppo



and some stills:










http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Ul73Cnmppo
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Lego Stormtrooper 1:6 on: February 11, 2009 05:19:04 PM






http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Ul73Cnmppo

This is a replica project I just completed, enlarging a lego storm trooper 1:6.
The body is created in wood, sprayed to give a high gloss finish of plastic.  I sculpted the head in plasterline and then created a silicone mould and cast it in fiberglass resin.  Bit of a dodgy paint job, i need more practise in painting....but quiet pleased.
Would love some feedback, thanks.

Ive also just completed an animation with a lego stormtooper.  Its posted on Youtube at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Ul73Cnmppo
3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Ssssnake Hatching on: February 25, 2008 04:03:02 PM
its SO funny...i in no way intended this to look like anything other than a hatching snake....i didnt even make any connection!
i left it the original polymer clay colour because im not the best painter and tend to loose definition.....mayb e one day i will though...

anyways....I wrote to photobucket and they appologised and restored the image..phew!

thanks for all of your comments!
4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Ssssnake Hatching..... on: February 24, 2008 10:11:52 AM
Ive always found the snake quite fascinating, such a powerful animal with beautiful detail.
A friend has 2 adult snakes and a load of babies so after studying (or  playing) with them she gave me some of their shed skins and hatched eggs to look at.  I also found this beautiful picture of two hatching eggs (bottom)and with some time on my hands.






Thankyou for looking id really love to hear what you think and any advice...

5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Alice in Wonderland: The Queen's Croquet-Ground on: February 21, 2008 12:41:12 PM
wow..this is really good, i love the face, you sculpt so well!
do you ever take casts from the clay or are they all one offs?

im working on a polymer clay sculpt of the queens rabbit trumpeter at the moment, this has been really good to look at! thanks

well done!!
6  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Un Chien Andalou on: January 27, 2008 06:00:19 AM
wow!
Thank you all SO much for all of your comments!!

Diane B:


You did a great job on figuring out all kinds of things.  Which way did you do the stone wall?... onlaying each, or subtractive-carving?  Those can be pretty hard without a mold. 

The only thing I might suggest would be using a stronger brand of polymer clay than Sculpey next time (SuperSculpey included), especially if any of the parts will receive stress.  The Sculpeys are weaker after baking in any thin or projecting areas than other brands (like Premo, FimoClassic, Kato, or Cernit... FimoSoft is in-between).  Did you use any armatures inside the body?
You can paint over those brands just like you can SuperSculpey, or just use pre-colored polymer clays or mix the clay colors yourself.  (The other brands can be purchased in larger amounts online if you want...price will definitely be less than retail.) Using Milliput helped for the creepers but if you'd wanted to use all polymer clay, you could have.

I did the brickwork by onlaying the individual stones, i spread a thin layer of sculpy onto the wood base to help attach the stones and then shaped them further when stuck on.  It was long and became a bit tedious but i think the end result was worth it!
(Maybe it wouldve been a good idea to take an impression from this for future projects!!)

I used miliput for the creepers as they were the last thing to be added.  The paint work on the brick was so extensive that it wouldve just been a nuisance to avoid breaking the delicate creepers.  Also i found it a lot easier to role and then work with thin strings of miliput compared the sculpy....i wonder if anyone else would agree?

Im looking into experimenting with different polymer clays as other than sculpy and sculpy firm the only other i have used is filmo.  I tend not to use coloured clays as i prefer a paint finish and dont really think block colours would be suitable for the projects ive done so far.

Thank you for the link to your website, what a wonderful resource!!
(http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/contents.htm)
i hope to hear from you again soon.
7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Un Chien Andalou on: January 26, 2008 10:01:20 AM
Un Chien Andalou is one of the best-known surrealist films of the French avant-garde film movement of the 1920s, written by Luis Buuel and Salvador Dal.  I hadn't seen the film before i worked on this project so its interesting to see how differently to film makers interpreted the script to me.

From the prologue:
-------------------------------------------------------------
Once Upon a Time ...

A balcony at night.

A man is sharpening a razor by the balcony. The man looks
at the sky through the window-panes and sees ...

A light cloud moving toward the full moon...........

----------------------------------------------------------------

I created.....



Almost everything is made from Super Sculpy except form:
-the creepers made from miliput
-balcony wood flooring from mountboard carved
-trees from twigs
-wallpaper printed



Close up of the character sharpening his knife.

back of character


The original scene can be seen on youtube at...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51CBW6os3rk

This is my first time working from a script and was also very experimental in trying to recreate surfaces such as brickwork and wood and make a character work within a scene.

Thankyou for looking i would love to hear your thoughts..
8  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / OVEN AFTER PAINT??? on: December 06, 2007 10:08:03 AM
Ok so ive painted a project but need to extend it.

What would happen if i cook polymer clay (pref. Super Sculpy) after its been painted with Acrylic paints??
 
Thanks
9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Mighty Boosh's Vince Noir on: December 06, 2007 09:48:51 AM
Here is my Mighty Boosh's Vince Noir completed with glitterball suit...id love to hear what you think....



also another head shot..



Ok, so loving the tv programme Mighty Boosh and couldn't resist a quick caricature project of noel fielding's flamboyant character Vince Noir.  Its a bit shabby and only a head, thinking i might do the whole "glitterball" body but not sure the head justifies continuing.  Anyway, hear goes, id love to hear what anyone thinks....thanks xx






ps. going to try and get better pictures
10  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Guitar-Playing Elf on: October 10, 2007 04:02:55 PM
I love your work!
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