**posted by Sidney Cumbie for the artist Dan Crawley
Kudos to all of you who showed off your paint skills in our Creature Painting Contest! This was one of our biggest contests ever, with nearly 400 entries to choose from, and as is always the case, it was a tough task for us to pick a winner.
There was something about this year's first-place entry that completely fascinated us here at Stan Winston School, not just the subtly realistic paint job, but the overall emotional effect, combining both Zen calm and a warrior's spirit. Ladies and gentlemen, we present to you the 2020 Creature Painting Contest winner: "SEIZA 1/4 scale Ape" by Velayos!
As Velayos shared along with his submission: "This piece is very special for me since it has been a lot of work and reflection and feeling. This piece is about... aspiring to be better, far from lights and sound, far from the empty world of the modern human. SEIZA means 'sitting correctly' and implies self-control, focus, and recognition of the here and now. In Seiza there are no lights or sounds, there are no empty dreams or smoke. Only the real world ... and us."
At its finest, art can go beyond mere entertainment, and make you think about the world and your place in it. Velayos, this is what you have achieved with this piece. Congratulations on winning the Grand Prize - Sponsored by our friends at Createx and Iwata!
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Honorable Mentions (in no particular order)
Original Tyrannosaurus bust sculpt by Dagomar Henderson
PHANTOMCORE BYEBYE paint by Zi Chen Gong
Necromechanics ( 2D ) by Valery Petelin
Fully custom Airbrushed Predator biomask props by Simon Greenaway
Aquatic Creature Bust by Sanne
Herculeses by Joe Dunaway
Jumbo Kathoga kit.38 inches by Gkasylum
Blue Dragon by CPK
Original alien design, latex and polyfoam bust by Chase Stiles
Hellbreed! Predator vs. Predalien! by BeardedWonderStudios
Giant Moray Eel by Anna Frenkel
- Team Stan Winston School
Here's a resin model kit Tyrannosaurus bust designed and sculpted by me in Monsterclay, molded with Smooth on products and slush cast with resin from FormX.
Then painted with acrylics by Vallejo and some applied latex to mimic shedding keratin sheets surrounding the eyes.
It's a 1:8 scale bust measuring 9.4 inches long, 6.7 inches high.
Unfortunately could not get to make a mount for the head for these pics.
I've been a dinosaur enthousiast since i was a kid and like many other kids I used to draw and Playdough-d a lot of them.
T-rex always playing a prominent role. I dreamt about making dinosaurs and monsters for movies when i grew up but i kind of got on another track.
Many years later my 5 year old son developed the same interest for these magnificent extinct beasts.
Through my boy my old passion got reanimated and I set my mind creating my all time favorite dino ; Tyrannosaurus rex.
With another old passion being sculpting which was in need of some serious dusting off I got to work and bought a bucket of clay.
Using loads of paleo-art, pictures of skeletons and videos of sculpting pros like the Winston crew as references I slowly but surely got to make it to my liking.
This bust feeling like a sort of self study exam got me feeling i wanna make more.
I hope there will be more dinosaur and monster creations to come. I got some catching up to do!
this is my 2nd Entry to the Contest.
Its a hand sculpted Zombie - wallhanger. Casted in platinum silicone and painted with Smooth- ON psycho paint paints via airbrush and brushes. Different techniques and paint- consistencys (used thi- vex- thickener and thinner) were achieved to give it the final finish.
Matting and glossing- agents were used, too.
The teeth are out of dental acryl and painted with teeth- stains.
The hair was blended from 4 different shades and single punched by me, too.
I hope you like it :-)
Is a lifesize vinyl kit that I receive as gift many years ago, and was waiting to be mounted and painted 😁
There weren’t best occasion than a contest!
the vinyl was filled with polyfoam, with a metal structure inside and painted with Acrylics colors.
hope you enjoy.