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.
Last year I auctioned a sculpture commission to raise money for a friend. Within moments a kind soul bid (a fair bit over the minimum, too) and won his choice of anything he wanted me to sculpt.
And then he asked for something awesome.
In 1972, a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn’t commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire the A-Team.
The A-TEAM, created by Frank Lupo and superproducer Stephen J. Cannell was supposedly the most violent show on TV when it was airing in the mid-1980s, but I don’t remember a lot of bloodshed or onscreen death. When I was asked to replace the presidents on Mount Rushmore with these four great American heroes, I felt I was asked to solve a problem and no one else could help.
A number of folks helpfully pointed out that this site’s old banner was, in point of fact, a painting. And just maybe, for a site called “JFSculpts,” it’d be more fitting to present a sculpture. And to these folks I’d usually say “You’re not my real dad!”
But they were right. (Not about being my dad, but about the painting thing.)
So I made a new banner incorporating myself (far right) and Gussy, Big Jerk of a Little Bear (far left) on a glowy banner.
First the sculptures, which were reliefs done in Sculpey Firm and Sculpey III. They were then primed:
Then, incorporating a trick from the opening titles of John Carpenter’s THE THING, I cut out banner letters and placed them in from of a glowing surface:
(That’s my computer monitor.)
Everything was photographed separately, then I put it all together in Photoshop, and here we are.
First we shot some photo reference, then we drew our creature here onto tracing paper, then pasted that onto some foamcore. Then Sean cut some hardie board into the general shape and we sculpted over it using Sculpey over a paperclay base.
Because we’re building pieces to be photographed and only seen from one angle, we’re working in relief …
Which leads to one weird-looking sculpture when viewed from the side.