GOLIATH Mini-Bust Auction THIS WEEKEND ONLY!

 

 

I was honored to have photos of this mini-bust of Goliath included in the WE LIVE AGAIN: A Gargoyles Zine and I’m auctioning this original, hand-made piece to help the zine’s goal of supporting the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

The winning bidder will receive one original mini-bust of GOLIATH (approximately 5″ tall), hand-painted, on its own ready-to-display stand.

I’m going to start the bidding at $150. Here’s how it will work:

THIS WEEKEND ONLY! TELL EVERYONE, TELL THE WORLD (Actually, USA only, sorry)!

  • Email me at jfsculptsemail01 (at) gmail.com or DM me on twitter @jfsculpts with your bid
  • I will update my site, JFSculpts.com and my Twitter, @jfsculpts, with the current highest bid
  • At 11:00 pm EST Sunday, July 7th the highest bidder will be informed that they’ve won
  • Winner will donate their winning bid to the ACLU (winning bid must provide a digital receipt of their donation)
  • Shipping’s on me! I’ll mail to out after the winner is announced
  • Auction winner will be announced SUNDAY, JULY 7th, 2019

That’s it! Bid early, bid often, it’s all for a great cause!

UPDATE: Bidding is now closed. We have a winner and raised $300 for the ACLU! Thanks, all!

I Made some GODZILLAs

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I saw GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS and came home and made some Godzillas.

This was sculpted in, appropriately enough, Monster Clay, molded with Smooth-On Equinox 40 silicone mold rubber (a kind of miracle product I can’t believe works as well as it does), cast with Smooth-On Smooth Cast 57D and So Strong resin tints, and finished with acrylic paint.

Big G was sculpted from memory and is kind of a hybrid between various classic Japanese Toho Studios Gojis and the American Legendary Pictures version. He’s got the compact muzzle, bulkiness and gills of the American version, with the original Japanese detailing of the brows and top of the head, and the often-forgotten tiny, cat-like ears.

I had a few of these at HeroesCon 2019, and I’ll have more available very soon.

 

HEROESCON 2019

I’ll be at HEROESCON, FRIDAY – SUNDAY, JUNE 14th-16th, 2019, and I’m taking commissions and producing mini-busts and reliefs right there at the con. Mini-busts are approximately 1/6th scale (about 3″ in height), made of durable gray polymer clay and epoxy. You pick the character and I’ll make them, and you can take it home with you bubble-wrapped and boxed.

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Mini-busts are $100 each at the con, BUT  if you’d like to pre-order they’re only $90!

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I’ll also be offering sculpted reliefs. Reliefs will come mounted on ready-to-hang wooden plaques, and will approximately the same size and height as the mini-busts.

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RAPTOR RELIEF

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YODA RELIEF 02 Reliefs look like this when viewed from the side.

Relief sculptures are $75, but preorder and they’re only $60!

Contact me here, on tumblr tweet me @jfsculpts, or email me at jfsculptsemail01@gmail (dot) com. Commission slots are limited, so order right away!

The fine print: some characters are too complex or detailed to render in a timely fashion at a convention. Because of this, I ask that you don’t request characters with complicated costumes (such as Galactus), mechanical parts, or specific likenesses. Thank you for your understanding.

SEE YOU THERE!

STAR WARS DAY, 2019: Lofkkata & FL01-D

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In honor of May the 4th, STAR WARS DAY, here’s old Wookiee Lofkkata* enjoying some libation provided by his droid pal FL01-D. I’ll write more about these guys when it’s not also FREE COMIC BOOK DAY.

This piece is lovingly dedicated to Peter Mayhew, the greatest Wookiee of all time. RIP.

*Thanks to Alejandro Bruzzese for the name!

 

 

FLASH GORDON

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Created in 1934 in the comic strip by artist Alex Raymond, Flash Gordon, savior of the universe, was rocketed to the planet Mongo to save the Earth from the evil Emperor Ming the Merciless. Leadership comes easily to the athletic, charismatic Flash, who shows the oppressed and divided kingdoms of Mongo how to unite and combat Ming’s tyranny. Over the decades, Flash has been the star of comic strips, comic books, novels, movie serials, animation, TV shows, and a well-loved 1980 film starring Sam J. Jones.

Sam J. Jones’ cinematic Flash served as inspiration for this version’s costume, and I lifted his FLASH-branded ringer t-shirt, tan pants, and Nike sneakers (the pants and shoes have been updated from 1980 fashions). I didn’t try to capture Jones’ likeness, instead looking at Alex Raymond’s original drawings of Flash, but I did take some inspiration from 1930s live-action Flash actor Buster Crabbe’s distinctive finger-wave hairstyle. This sculpture was made with Super Sculpey and Aves Apoxie over an aluminum wire and foil armature, and is 1/6th scale and is approximately 12″ high. It’s painted with acrylic and enamel paints, gold leaf, and the sword is hand-made from aluminum tubing (lots of hammering, filing, and sanding!). For Ming’s image and Flash’s logo, I did simple vector drawings in Adobe Illustrator and printed them on Lazertran inkjet decal paper. This was my first time using this paper and I was really pleased with the results.

As you can see, I’ve updated Flash a bit for the 21st century: he was originally a polo player.

 

Richard Stark’s PARKER (in the style of Darwyn Cooke)

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Created by Richard Stark (the pseudonym of writer Donald E. Westlake), the violent and remorseless criminal Parker was the subject of twenty-four Stark novels from 1962-2008. The first PARKER book, The Hunter, was one of four adapted into graphic novels by the late artist Darwyn Cooke. Although Westlake, who died in 2008, never saw the finished graphic novel, he worked with Cooke and even approved the use of the Parker name, something he’d refused the several film adaptations of Parker novels.

This sculpture is based on Cooke’s design for Parker, one authorized by Westlake, as he appeared in THE HUNTER (in subsequent stories, Parker underwent extensive plastic surgery so he wouldn’t be recognized by the criminal underworld; Cooke redesigned Parker’s face accordingly). It was sculpted in Super Sculpey over an aluminum foil and wire armature and stands about 7 3/4″ tall. It’s painted in a high-key color scheme where I tried to match the style of the colored inkwash technique Cooke utilized in his graphic novel adaptation.

JOHN CARTER, DEJAH THORIS, and WOOLA of BARSOOM

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Created by Edgar Rice Burroughs (writing as “Norman Bean”) in A Princess of Mars, first serialized in ALL-STORY magazine in 1912, here are John Carter, formerly of Virginia, Princess Dejah Thoris, and loyal Woola, a calat (a kind of reptilian Martian dog). Burroughs, also the creator of Tarzan, created a detailed, heavily-populated fantasy Mars, or Barsoom as the natives named it. I tried to be as faithful to Burroughs’ descriptions as possible, which still left me a lot of room to interpret visually.

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As described in the novels, both humans are naked except for armor and ornamentation. Carter wears the decorated fur of a Martian White Ape scalp (a touch I think I appropriated from Disney’ JOHN CARTER movie), indicating he’s a Barsoomian chieftain.

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A Red Martian, Dejah Thoris is traditionally depicted wearing a kind of an Art Nouveau bikini, but I decided to steer into a more science fiction look, with flexible gold ornaments. Her shoulderpiece has eight rings, suggesting the orbits of the other planets of the solar system. The two empty circles represent Mars’ moons, and the large circle is for Barsoom itself. She’s wearing blue body paint, which I imagine to be reserved for royalty, and references both the native flowers and the markings of a calot. Like all Red Martians, Dejah Thoris was born from an egg and has no belly button.

Woola was the trickiest. The makers of the 2012 JOHN CARTER movie had done such a great job creating an accurate Woola, I had to work hard not to duplicate their work. Described in A Princess of Mars as having “…ten short legs …about the size of a Shetland pony, but its head bore a slight resemblance to that of a frog, except that the jaws were equipped with three rows of long, sharp tusks,” Woola is also supposed to be the fastest land animal on Mars. I figured he’d have a flexible spine like a cat, but then I needed to figure out how he’d run and arrange all those legs in a way that (kind of?) made sense. I painted him to blend in with the land and foliage of Mars, incorporating the blue of those Martian flowers. My thinking was it was camouflage to sneak up on prey. I also tried to suggest the loyal puppy qualities Burroughs gave Woola.

This was a side project that got away from me. Originally it was just going to be Carter, but I thought “well, without context, that’s just a nude dude,” so I decided to add Woola, but then thought that felt a little out-of-balance and decided to add Dejah, too. Here are some work-in-progress shots, including a briefly bearded Carter:

John Carter and Woola were sculpted in Super Sculpey and Dejah Thoris is a mix of red, brown, and translucent Sculpey III, all of them over aluminum wire and foil armatures, painted with acrylic paint and Dr. PH Martin dyes, and adorned with found objects. Carter stands at about 8″ high, Dejah 7.5″, and Woola is about 4″ high.