Hi fellow creators!
Finally an update from my part!
Not finished though, because a lot of other commitments, lot's of sculpting and
a lot of research on where to get things (also, income is only once a month
atm). I'm calculating on finishing an acceptable model before the 15th of
January as for I'll use the animatronic to apply for a subsidy from my
government, which -if succeeded- would be nice to buy materials for my workshop
and the upcoming live course about arm mechanics for animatronics. So let me first
introduce you to my sculpt.
He is solid Chavant medium
This last picture was taken when I started sculpting ears, I only did
basic form of them and cutted them off for later to work on because I
was not sure wheter to do thick or thin ears. And also, more undercuts
and more precise work -yay deadlines and so-
To be honest, I took too much time to
put in details. The reason for this was because I thought that I needed this
base form of the chimpanzee with as much as possible details. And for me, this
sculpt isn't even the finished thing. (In my head I'm dramatic when it's about
finishing art related things, it never ends!).
I could just do less details, basic
form, toy around with gypsum plaster to make a stone mold (which I have
done before actually, so got into those tutorials too) and get on with
no.. I actually took all that time because I'd wanted it as close as
perfect for me because I didn't felt like spending a second amount of
time and money on it. But at the end, Gary Yee is right, one needs
experience to be good at something like this (he was refering to mold
making, I refer to all of it ).
At the moment of writing the sculpture
is laying on it's side, ready to get a stone mold (not with Ultracal-30
unfortunate). The Chimpanzee is missing his ears! I know! But without ears
it'll be a 3 piece mold I think, because I'm afraid of the undercuts I'll have
at his eyebrows. Also, I would still be sculpting at it
I want the front to be a mold piece that slides off from the other two
pieces. Maybe it can be done with 2 pieces, but whilst I'm learning, why
not give something more difficult a try.
The skin will be made from Smooth-on
Ecoflex 00-30. I bought 2 batches of trial, I guess they'll be more than enough
for one skin.
There was more than enough moments
where I had to.. you know, walk away from it. Then I started to give the eye
mechanism a try out. I used the deodorant ball trick, and yes RED, they do
smell nice, but not in that much amount when pouring out
Video of the eye mech I made
I had to disassemble this one because I
used epoxy putty (too heavy) to attach the eyes to the brass tube and the holes
in my brass strip from the little T section weren't straight in the middle, so
at one moment the servo stopped doing the movements and I figured out that I
had to redo it all.
I expect to have the stone mold, inner core, fiberglass
underskull, skin and working mechanism finished in aprox 2 weeks from now.
am mostly happy that I got over it to leave the sculpting behind,
because atm, I don't want to see any more chimpanzee pictures or movies.
I was lost in it because I have this obsession with getting it anatomy
correct, and I'm still not satisfied with it so I'm curious how it will
look like if it has skin, paint and hair.
eyelids I was thinking to sculpt a separate piece that I can simply glue
with pros-aide to the hero skin afterwards (because unlike humans, a
Chimp's eyelids really disappear in their eye sockets like they are
folding up above the eye). But if I'll do that, then I must consider to
design something smaller/thinner than just a brass strip that has been
Also the jaw servo's won't be housed into the underskull when I'm getting there, but I have to calculate forehand how high my chimp his chest will be, thus I'll attach the plate that houses the servo's lower than the head and the underskull I'll mount on iron pipe fitting bars (just like I sculpted it). If there is some spare time left to break my head about how to do the head on neck movement, I'll do, but I already had some ideas.
It was really delightful to be a part of
this live webcourse and it was my pleasure to spend money on it (Still
is)! Thank you to Graic Caton, Matt and the crew!
More updates on the forum to follow about my animatronic.