Friday, June 11, 2010

THE JAILHOUSE: Behind the scenes, Behind the bars. PART 2

After the clays were approved, Tim made a series of waste molds and cast a set of wax copies to take to finish.

1: “The mutt is a breed my mom used to call Heinz 57, because he had a little bit of everything in him. The challenge with the dog was to balance the anthropomorphism. He is, after all, a Disney dog. The fur had to work in porcelain, so I went for a slightly sleeker pooch, with a wavy coat." -THB

2: “One of the great things about working on this project was, it came with a back story. All I had to do was supply details to amplify each pirate’s character. This guy had the bone, which was probably the remnants of their last meal. He’s got the worried look of a natural born pessimist. I added as many back view details as I could. The patch on his pants shows they’ve been mended at least twice, with whatever bit a scarp he could scrounge." - THB

3: “In better times, he was the cook. He’s the ‘bone pirate’s’ back up. The dog gets close enough and his job is to snare the mangy beast. He’s probably pretty good at it. His full figure testifies to his talent with a noose or a trap." - THB

4: “This guy hasn’t got all his oars in the water, so to speak. He’ll do his best to try and lure the dog within reach. Like his cell mates, he wants that key. But he hasn’t had a decent meal in a while. And he remembers hearing that dog tastes a lot like chicken.” - THB (Note: In the full body profile, you can see he has a peg leg. Its not visible from the front. Although pirates and peg legs go together like a Yo-Ho and Rum, it was decided to go with a more traditional two legged pirate for the final version.)

5: With all the figures approved, molded as cast, Tim made a mock up of the set out of foam core. The hands would have to be sculpted separately. The actual characters grip the bars in a full finger curl. These guys would need to be positioned after the set was manufactured, so their hands would need to be “C” hands to allow them to be slide onto the bars as opposed to the bars being slid through them.

6: Although not in the original design, Tim added a few props to help flesh out the story. A set of pewter plates, bowls, spoons and mugs gave the set a more lived-in look. Note how he constructed the water bucket with a separate clear resin water plug to add a little more realism. The mice just seemed like a natural addition. What’s a dungeon cell without a few mice? And we all know how fond mice are of drop or two a ale.

7/8: This is completed statue, fully assembled for a final approval. Next stop, the magic hands and talent of the Princess of Paint, The Queen of Color, the one, the only Kat Sapene!

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