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My King of the Dead and Eowyn sculptures

AranNZ
The Shire


Apr 26 2008, 3:01am

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My King of the Dead and Eowyn sculptures Can't Post

Hi folks,

I'm Aran, a sculptor based in Auckland, New Zealand. I've been posting for a few years over on the Shadow and Flame forum and at The Clubhouse modelling forum, but thought I'd finally join up here with news of The Hobbit hotting up and Guillermo posting here. Smile

I've been a huge fan of the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit since I was a kid, when my father read us both books as bedtime stories.

I'm dying to get some work at Weta Workshop on The Hobbit (and sequel), but it is very hard to break into their sculpting team since they only have enough work for a set number of sculptors and no one ever wants to leave! Frown

I was inspired to try my hand at sculpting by the wonderful Sideshow/Weta LOTR collectibles a few years ago and did the King of the Dead bust pictured below. It was sculpted from super sculpey and is a fraction over 1/4 scale and fits in well with the Sideshow/Weta pieces.














This is a resin (plastic) casting which I painted to resemble bronze or copper:



Here is anoher resin casting that I had painted in full colour for me by the very talented Rick Cantu of Dragonstooth Miniatures:




I followed that with a statue of Eowyn as she appears on the front of the Golden Hall. She is 1/6th scale (~10.75 inches tall) and designed to fit in with the Sideshow/Weta range.

Eowyn is almost finished, but not quite. I'm really getting down to the final detailing now. She has a very hard likeness to capture in clay! Unsure














diedye
Grey Havens


Apr 26 2008, 3:44am

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I remember seeing your work over at Chuck's Place... [In reply to] Can't Post

... aka "Shadow & Flame" Wink.

Very nicely done... very realistic... I just hope the paint job is as life-like as the sculpture itself.

But I wonder why everyone always tries to make her look so harsh... I'd like to see a statue of her looking less stern (such as when she lets her guard down with Aragorn or when she was amused by Gimli falling off the horse... her features are much softer then and she looks beautiful).

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Jazmine
Tol Eressea


Apr 26 2008, 7:04pm

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Wow! [In reply to] Can't Post

The detail on those is amazing! You got any more to share?


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greendragon
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Apr 26 2008, 8:51pm

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those are fabulous - thanks for sharing! [In reply to] Can't Post

I hope you do manage to get work with WETA one day - it certainly looks from those pics as though you have the skill! Great stuff! (But I'm not surprised that noone wants to leave WETA... Wink )

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WonderBroad
Lorien


Apr 27 2008, 1:56am

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Question about how you fired these [In reply to] Can't Post

>>It was sculpted from super sculpey and is a fraction over 1/4 scale

That's pretty big! Do you have a special oven you fire these in, or can you use your oven at home? I've used Sculpey and Fimo, and you really have to have good ventilation when you use your oven, because the fumes can be a problem.

Very nice work, by the way. Very cool!


Idril Celebrindal
Tol Eressea


Apr 27 2008, 2:47am

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Very nice work! [In reply to] Can't Post

The detail on the King of the Dead and Eowyn sculptures is exquisite.

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labingi_maura
Rivendell


Apr 27 2008, 7:16am

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Looks like pro-quality to me! [In reply to] Can't Post

I think you could get work at WETA if they have an opening, you've executed excellent detail and likenesses. While I think you've captured Miranda's face very well, still, sometimes I think its OK to shade a character's features a little more towards idealization, especially female characters. But that's just a preference on my part; I certainly am no sculptor and think you are extremely talented! Thanks for sharing your work here, I hope it has good results for you!
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Ataahua
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Apr 27 2008, 7:28am

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I'm particularly impressed by your cloth work, [In reply to] Can't Post

both the detail on the King of the Dead and the sweep of Eowyn's gown. Well done Aran!

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Nimloth
Lorien


Apr 28 2008, 5:22am

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What a talent! [In reply to] Can't Post

They are both incredibly well done. How long did they take to make?


Kelvarhin
Half-elven


Apr 28 2008, 7:25am

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These are incredible, you've got terrific talent, thank you for sharing them :) [In reply to] Can't Post

 


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Deni
Rivendell


Apr 28 2008, 1:14pm

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thatīs awesome!!!!! [In reply to] Can't Post

wow...I like your work very much...how could you make so many details in there??
-thatīs amazing...how long do u work on one of these sculptures??
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AranNZ
The Shire


Apr 30 2008, 3:28am

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Thanks! [In reply to] Can't Post

Thanks everyone for the kind words!


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The detail on those is amazing! You got any more to share?


These two are the only LOTR or Tolkien related sculpts that I have done so far. I will post more pics of Eowyn as she gets closer to completion. Cool


AranNZ
The Shire


Apr 30 2008, 3:33am

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I use a dedicated home oven [In reply to] Can't Post


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>>It was sculpted from super sculpey and is a fraction over 1/4 scale

That's pretty big! Do you have a special oven you fire these in, or can you use your oven at home? I've used Sculpey and Fimo, and you really have to have good ventilation when you use your oven, because the fumes can be a problem.


I use an old home oven that is purely dedicated for baking sculpts in - it never gets used for food anymore. I also frequently use toaster ovens for smaller parts. I always bake with the windows open and in fact I do all baking in my garage - separated by a closed door from the rest of the house.


AranNZ
The Shire


Apr 30 2008, 3:40am

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They take a looong time to sculpt! [In reply to] Can't Post


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They are both incredibly well done. How long did they take to make?


The King of the Dead bust took around 150-170 hours and so far I have spent somewhere between 200 and 300 hours on Eowyn.

I've been told that at Weta Workshop they used to allow 150hrs for busts and 250 hrs for statues when they were making the Sideshow/Weta LOTR collectibles. I've also heard that some pieces can occasionally take much longer depending on the particulars of the sculpt, e.g. apparently the White Witch statue that Weta made as part of the Chronicles of Narnia collectibles took around 650hrs to complete to their satisfaction! Shocked

The final detailing is often the most time consuming part. One of the best descriptions of the process that I have heard is that the first 90% of a sculpt takes 10% of the time and the final 10% of the sculpt (e.g. fine detailing) takes the remaining 90% of the time!


Ainu Laire
Tol Eressea


Apr 30 2008, 8:10am

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Absolutely gorgeous [In reply to] Can't Post

My skills lie in 2D, so I must say that I am simply awestruck by anyone who can sculpt, especially if they can do so well. You, sir, certainly can! Lovely, very lovely.

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WonderBroad
Lorien


May 1 2008, 2:40am

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Great tips! [In reply to] Can't Post


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>>It was sculpted from super sculpey and is a fraction over 1/4 scale

That's pretty big! Do you have a special oven you fire these in, or can you use your oven at home? I've used Sculpey and Fimo, and you really have to have good ventilation when you use your oven, because the fumes can be a problem.


I use an old home oven that is purely dedicated for baking sculpts in - it never gets used for food anymore. I also frequently use toaster ovens for smaller parts. I always bake with the windows open and in fact I do all baking in my garage - separated by a closed door from the rest of the house.



Thank you for the info! I'm particularly interested to hear you can use toaster ovens, too. I'm filing that away for future reference. Cool

Thanks again.


AranNZ
The Shire


May 1 2008, 8:33pm

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Do some test runs in whatever oven you use! [In reply to] Can't Post


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Thank you for the info! I'm particularly interested to hear you can use toaster ovens, too. I'm filing that away for future reference. Cool

Thanks again.


You're welcome!

With regards to toaster ovens - they tend to be less accurate in terms of the temperature settings than fullsize ovens, so if you try one make sure to do a few test runs at different temperatures to make sure you find the right setting on the temperature dial. Sometimes if it says 230 degrees F it isn't actually at that temperature... the same can also be true of older or cheaper fullsize ovens.
Also, because toaster ovens are smaller the elements tend to be a lot closer to the parts that you are baking and this can lead to accidental scorching or overbaking of the clay. You can help prevent this by making 'tents' out of metal foil over the top of the pieces being baked.


Owain
Tol Eressea

May 2 2008, 9:58pm

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Extremely detailed [In reply to] Can't Post

Smile


Elven
Valinor


May 7 2008, 2:27pm

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Aran! These are fantastic!! [In reply to] Can't Post

I am so amazed at your skill - and I cant imagine the time you took to do these - very dedicated pieces!

That is the best likeness of Eowyn Ive seen. Miranda has a hard enough face to draw let alone sculpt (I imagine). The way you managed to get her dress to flow - and proportionally, the back view you took - it's her! ... and her hair and face - just wonderful!

The WitchKing must have been a great challenge - so much detail and patience. You must really like what you do - it shows.

Thankyou for sharing them, and good luck with your future prospects in this field. I hope you are successful and find what you seek.

Cheers
Elven


Were off to Hobbiton finally!

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Anorien
Rohan

May 25 2008, 10:43pm

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awesome! [In reply to] Can't Post

I do paintings and I know how tedious details can be. i have never had the patience to do what you do with sculptures. They are amazing!


AranNZ
The Shire


Jul 15 2008, 4:07am

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Finished Eowyn pics and started to paint her [In reply to] Can't Post

Thanks all!

Just discovered I hadn't posted pics of the finished Eowyn statue! Blush

So here she is:

















Here is a plastic casting that I made from the sculpt, which I am attempting to paint. Still a lot to do, but you get the idea:









Cheers,

Aran


AranNZ
The Shire


Apr 24 2009, 3:07am

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Almost finished! [In reply to] Can't Post

Very nearly finished! I just have to attach her arms, blend in and paint over the seams, do one or two other touch ups, then seal it all. I will also probably try to make her look less shiney over all, especially her dress.















 
 

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