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Light reading: "Pop Sculpture"Light reading: "Pop Sculpture"

PlumePlume7 anos atrásDiary
Hey there, everyone.

I know that different people have different reasons for buying figures or simply having an interest in them. Most collectors choose their figures according to the characters they like, but some figures are popular even though the source material is not widely-known. And I assume I am not the only one on this site who likes them because she has an interest in sculpture / 3D representations of people or objects. The point is, a big part of why I have my small collection is because I love both sculpture and painting. (Add to that the character's personality and what they represent to me, and we have a winner combination).

So a couple of months ago I found a book called "Pop Sculpture: How to Create Action Figures and Collectible Statues". The book is written as a DIY, but I didn't get it as a manual. I don't have the time, the space, the patience, resources, or talent to do what the authors of this book show us. But I got it because I was curious to see how the sculptors of all these lovely figures did their work.

Now... I'm not as naive as to think that none of the figures / sculptures out on the market are made via PC software. I know for a fact that, in recent years at least, many have taken 3D sculpting and printing as a cleaner and cheaper method of bringing to life characters (and then selling the sculpts for profit). For example, those who are fans of the "A Song of Ice and Fire" books or the TV show "Game of Thrones" might have seen the upcoming sculpts of characters Jon Snow and Tyrion Lannister, at this year's SDCC. Before showcasing the Jon Snow sculpt at the Comic Con, HBO had a 3D render of his future sculpt up on their store-site. So it's safe to say that Gentle Giant and other big companies have switched to PC sculpting long ago.

But there are still independent sculptors, people who do it for fun and then have their sculpts licensed. And I find it fascinating to see how these guys reach the final result.

Which is where my newly-acquired book comes in.

http://www.mwctoys.com/images/review_popsculpture_2.jpg

First off, let me say that ALL of the examples presented here are of American characters, sculpted by American artists. And the style of most of these statues is very much "American-comic-book" aesthetic. But the process, I assume, is still pretty much the same, as are the principles by which the figures act under the force of gravity. The authors pretty much build a figure from scratch and take along the reader through the entire sculpting and painting process. The sculpt is of a Wonder-Woman-ish "Athena". The one you see on the cover. There's also a chapter dedicated to articulated figures, in which they switch to a "Thor" action figure. Not the Marvel Thor we see in "The Avengers", but the authors' own take on the character (I think).

There's also a lot of sketches showing the principles applied and why something must be done a CERTAIN way and not differently (for example, why metal wire is needed in the beginning).

I'm not trying to sell anything, by the way :)). I just got a book that I find very interesting and I thought I'd share with the MFC community, since I think some of the collectors here may share my interest. It might be a good read for those of you who like building kits, or to anyone who's curious about how a figure / sculpt is made. The sculpts may be a bit bulky, as all US comic-book themed figures are; but I still found it fascinating from a collector's point of view. :)
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ponnie ~Donyatsu Huntress~
>Daenerys emerging from the fire with her newly hatched dragons.
I would buy this the very instant I see it. WANT.
7 anos atrás
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You're quite welcome :D. I think they made the main 3 characters first, and they're going to keep making figures as the show progresses - and if the ratings and sales for these 3 are good. I'd love to get Jon Snow but I'll have to see how much he costs. They're all a bit too pricy for me, but just like you, I'd LOVE to have some ASOIAF characters on my shelf. If he's the same price as Tyrion I think I might get him. If he's a lot more expensive (frankly I expect a 200$ price tag on websites) then I don't think I'd be able to afford him... Dunno, we'll have to see :)
7 anos atrás
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Plume (7 anos atrás) #1135622The original pic with the 3D render of Jon is not up on the HBO site anymore. They took the products down from the site after the Comic Con. However, a little while later, Tyrion sprang up for pre-order. He costs 160$ and you can pre-order him on www.bigbadtoyst... (or on the Dark Horse site, I assume). Jon is not up for pre-order yet, but I think he'll be out by the end of the year.
SDCC Pics and a forum discussion about Jon Snow: www.wetacollect...
SDCC Pics and a forum discussion about Tyrion Lannister: www.wetacollect...
Hope that helped :)
EDIT: Oh, and in case you didn't know about her, there's also 2 Daenerys busts that you can get, also from Gentle Giant: www.bigbadtoyst... and www.bigbadtoyst...

Thanks so much! I'll have to look into getting these. I hope they sell well since there are so many I would love to see get made. They at least have to do some of my favorites like Jaime and Brienne. I know the show is really popular but it might be cool if they made some closer to the book descriptions (though most of the actors are pro).

Figures I would love to see are-
Daenerys emerging from the fire with her newly hatched dragons.
Davos on the deck of his ship with waves around him.
Ned under the heart tree at Winterfell.
Jaime as he slays the previous king.
Brienne looking fierce, maybe defending Caitlyn.
The Hound vs Dondarion
Stannis looming over his map.
Bran and the Reeds with the deer (vagueness on purpose to avoid spoilers)
Robb with Greywind.
Khal Drogo on his mighty steed.

I could go on forever since there are so many great characters and memorable moments.
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piratepapillon (7 anos atrás) #1135610If you have a link to more information on the Jon and Tyrion you mentioned you would make my day.

The original pic with the 3D render of Jon is not up on the HBO site anymore. They took the products down from the site after the Comic Con. However, a little while later, Tyrion sprang up for pre-order. He costs 160$ and you can pre-order him on www.bigbadtoyst... (or on the Dark Horse site, I assume). Jon is not up for pre-order yet, but I think he'll be out by the end of the year.

SDCC Pics and a forum discussion about Jon Snow: www.wetacollect...

SDCC Pics and a forum discussion about Tyrion Lannister: www.wetacollect...

Hope that helped :)

EDIT: Oh, and in case you didn't know about her, there's also 2 Daenerys busts that you can get, also from Gentle Giant: www.bigbadtoyst... and www.bigbadtoyst...
7 anos atrás
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If you have a link to more information on the Jon and Tyrion you mentioned you would make my day.
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MomoNoguiko (7 anos atrás) #1135563Well, I know that figures are called figures but for some reason I don't like that name, for now on I'll call Pop Sculpture :D

Lol. I like "figures". I think "sculptures" is a bit archaic and makes one think of the classic type of sculpture. But hey, ANYTHING's better than "dolls" or "toys" :)). I think it's more about the community: anime figure collectors tend to call them, well, "figures". And Westerners seem to prefer "sculpts" or "statues".
7 anos atrás
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Well, I know that figures are called figures but for some reason I don't like that name, for now on I'll call Pop Sculpture :D
7 anos atrás
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