Tezuka’s ASTRO BOY (Tetsuwan Atomu)

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Created in 1952 by Osamu Tezuka, Astro Boy (or Mighty Atom) is one of Japan’s most enduring characters of both manga and anime. Astro is a robot boy powered by a “100,000 horsepower” engine whose greatest attribute is his giant heart.

I did this mostly from memory, knowing I was taking a lot of liberties with Tezuka’s design. I wanted to recreate how Astro feels in my memory, not make an exact replica. Tezuka often placed the artificial Astro Boy in natural environments, and I did the same, with man-made detritus (including the arm of an older, ill-fated robot) on the ground; nature reclaiming it.

In Naoki Urasawa’s wonderful manga PLUTO, an updated retelling of Tezuka’s Astro Boy story The Greatest Robot in the World, Atom makes his entrance saving a snail off the sidewalk, and I paid homage to that story with Astro’s little snail pal here.

Astro Boy is 1/6th scale, approximately 8″ high, made of Super Sculpey, and Apoxie Sculpt on an aluminum wire and foil armature. He’s painted with spraypaint, acrylics, and enamel. The base is mostly found materials like dried, used coffee grounds, bits of tubing, and glue. The severed robot arm is scratch-built from wire and styrene plastic, and painted with Tamiya enamels.

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SPACE SAMURAI FANG

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SPACE SAMURAI FANG (Supēsu Bushi Fang) aka ROCKET WOLF FANG (aka Roketto Ōkami Fang) is a character I made up when I was a little kid. I wrote a lengthy origin story on the Harvard mainframe (where my mom worked), which garnered me a fan letter. He’s the last survivor of an alien race, whose been recruited by the emperor who killed his people. (I think the plan was that Fang would eventually get revenge: I’ve always been about the long-unfolding plots, I guess.)

This 1/6th scale mini-bust was sculpted with Sculpey Firm, Super Sculpt, and Apoxie, and painted with acrylic paints.

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Here’s a teenage drawing of the character, then a sketch from memory from a week or so ago that lead to the sculpture:

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THE SHADOW

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Created in 1930 as a disembodied narrator for radio crime dramas, the Shadow eventually gained a persona, backstory, and has had many bloody adventures on radio (voiced by a young Orson Welles, among others), pulp magazines (mostly written by magician-turned-author Walter B. Gibson under the pen-name Maxwell Grant), comic books, and film (a 1994 feature starring Alec Baldwin). Having learned to “cloud men’s minds” in the Far East, Lamont Cranston (a.k.a. Kent Allard) returns to his native New York City and wages a brutal war on crime, aided by agents from many different fields of expertise. His famous catchphrase “who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?” was often accompanied, on radio, by his chilling, humorless laughter.

The Shadow was a precursor to Batman, and a huge influence on Batman’s creators Bill Finger and Bob Kane. Batman spent his first year occasionally toting a gun and dispatching criminals as ruthlessly as the Shadow did.

This 1/6th scale mini-bust was sculpted with Sculpey Firm, Super Sculpt, and Apoxie, and painted with acrylics and cel vinyl.

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GRAY GHOST (Goodbye Adam West)

Adam West died last Friday. Synonymous with his portrayal of Batman in the 60s, he also provided the voice of Batman’s childhood hero on the animated episode “Beware the Gray Ghost.”

This relief was done on Sunday afternoon in Sculpey Medium.

Farewell, old chum.

BOSTON COMIC CON 2016

I’ll be at BOSTON COMIC CON, FRIDAY – SUNDAY, AUGUST 12th-14th, 2016 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, and mounted on their own wooden base. You pick the character and I’ll make them, and you can take it home with you bubble-wrapped and gift-bagged.

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Relief sculptures are $90 at the con, but preorder and they’re only $80

I’ll also have pre-painted, finished mini-busts available for $100 each ($90 if you preorder).

Some of the designs can be seen here:

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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.

At this time, I am only accepting cash at the convention. Please let me know which days you’ll be attending so your piece will be ready for you on that day.

SEE YOU THERE!

HEROESCON 2016

I’ll be at HEROESCON, FRIDAY – SUNDAY, JUNE 17th-19th, 2016, 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

YODA RELIEF

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!