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Hello all! I'm new here! I'm a self taught solo independent guy, making sculpts out of my apartment. I timelapse my work and post them to my youtube channel, LoreCraft. I have a few sculpts to enter here (never entered any contests before, so this is my first!). I started sculpting about a year ago (everything I've ever made is up on my channel, so you can see the progress, and an occasional failure/falter). All my work is hand sculpted, using nylon reinforced, water based, air drying clay. Submission 1 - Supreme Leader Snoke.
Completely hand sculpted original (no moulding or casting) - You can watch the video of me making him here:
More photos are available for viewing on his gallery page on my website: https://www.lore-craft.com/snoke-star-wars
About the sculpture:
He has a core of styrofoam, paper, and plastic bubble wrap, to keep him lighter. His primary construction material is water based, nylon reinforced, air drying clay. The teeth are plaster that I sealed in a UV resin for gloss and protective purposes. His eyes are glass, and he's painted with acrylic Vallejo airbrush paints. I used multiple techniques to get the colour as close as I could to realistic - brushes, airbrushing, etc etc. A lot of it was intuition, and I'm sure there's special vocabulary to describe some of the techniques, but as I'm self taught I never really garnered the lingo from the art world, so it's difficult for me to put it into words. I did a lot of "dabbing" with a dry'ish brush to get the liver spots on, paintbrush "flicking" to add freckling. Multiple layers of various colours to give the skin depths. I added veins to the sculpt and highlighted them via paintrbush with blue-green, and skin tone painted over to make them appear beneath the skin. Oh, and his eyebrows are real human hair (don't ask me how I got it! :P ). The cloak I made myself, using an old hoodie that I chopped up and stitched on a gold fabric I found at a local fabric shop. The shirt is a regular V-neck I mangled and stitched on there as well.
Honoured to participate in this! Thanks for having such a competition for us! It's great for us fellas just starting out.