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This is an in-progress shot of the current “state of Cthulhu”. The hands are temporary, but I like them. I will pull them off and refine them a bit, but I like the style. I will also make them a bit smaller.
The body is larger than my first test, but the head is the same. Its not just the same size. It’s the same head. I just ripped it off the original and stuck it on here.
The head, too, will be re-sculpted entirely.
So, at this point I think it’s pretty much what it’s going to be. It will be reshaped a bit and have a lot of detail added to it. The only big question is what I want to do about the wings.
“Call of Cthulhu” (the original H. P. Lovecraft story in which Cthulhu appears)refers to them as “rudimentary wings”. I’m not quite sure what that means. I took it to mean almost vestigial, originally. But the more I think about it, it really means simple. But doesn’t indicate size at all.
There’s also the practical consideration of the sort of structures that super sculpey can and cannot support. Long skinny things are a very bad idea, because they will break. Not might, but absolutely will.
So I am left with the choice between making the wings a bulk of material as though they are folded in repose, or using a different material for the wings.
I am leaning strongly toward a different material. Since this is an action shot of Him walking, and not posing on H
is little pedestal (read the story) His wings shouldn’t be folded neatly against His back.
I sketched this in super sculpey at the correct size in about five minutes right before bed.
It has no arms or wings, but I was really trying to get a feel for the overall pose, proportions, and head details.
Because if this test I know where I’m going with the real sculpt. The coolest part is that I decided I like the look of double knees on each leg. It’s wrong according to Lovecraft, but it makes the design better for me.
I know this is a lousy photo but I just wanted to see it in some sort of context.
Here you see two images. The one that looks white is my new experimental sculpey mixture under normal light. The cool greenish looking one is the exact same hunk of clay with light coming from behind it.
I am intending to make some little creatures using this concept (in various colors). I am intending to include small lights within the pieces, so they can self illuminate.
If you check back here I will keep you posted on the progress. These small sculptures will eventually turn up on Etsy for those of you who might want to possess one of your very own.
If you like this idea, let me know by leaving comments. I read them and respond if necessary.
These are some quick clay sketches I found laying around. Some are super sculpey. Some are other materials.
The grey-green one on the left is actually made from casteline. I made it quite a while ago. Castilene is a permanently soft medium similar to plasticine. It’s kind of surprising that it is still in decent shape, since it was found under a pile of all sorts of crap.
The second one from the left is a custom mix of super sculpey that I did in about five minutes one night while watching a movie or something. I liked the general idea of the face so much that I intended to do a real sculpture based on it.
After a month or so, I decided to keep it around for a while so I baked it. This was done partially to keep it safe, and partially to see how the mix bake up. I am using translucent sculpey three for the first time. The custom blend is for of an upcoming Cthulhu sculpt that I am doing on commission.
Third from the left is just a piece I folded in half and threw a face on. It is not baked and will be smashed up again soon. I included it here just to not have an even number of things in the picture.
The tall fellow in the back row, second from the right is my favorite. You need to see it in person. I am going to make a series of spooky things based around it’s design. Again, this is just a quick sketch. it is not the finished piece, or even very near what the finished pieces will look like. Its just the inspiration.
And finally the thing on the right is a cast piece. Before it got banged up, I took a latex mold from the casteline head on the left and then cast white resin into it. The reason it is orange is because I was experimenting with my Iwata airbrush and kind of painted it at random. interestingly ( to me anyway) is that it is painted with watercolor paint. Which means that I could wash it all off with water at any time.
I am experimenting with head designs for a new series of creatures i am going to offer on etsy.
If you like these let me know. If you have and idea for the sort of small creature you would like describe them to me.
At the very least, if you like these posts and wish to encourage me, please hit like on this post, and or re post it yourself.
Thank You SO much.
PS-if enough people show interest in this project, I am kicking around the idea of doing lessons on how to make your own. Those videos would be available right here at Sculpting Humans. Some might be ojn my new youtube channel. This sight is very new. so now is the time to tell me what you’d like to see here. Let me know if you would like such videos.