Monday, 5 September 2011

Preparation for Moulding Hyper Realistic Bust #3

Finally, I'm onto prepping #3 aka Banner Boy.  This model was completed back in the winter of this year but I was unable to take it any further at that time.  BB actually is an reconstruction of an somewhat young adult male. I once attempted a reconstruction on him back in the early 1980's but didn't get very far with it.

Anyways back to the task at hand, this model like the others was modeled in a oil base clay because it's more convenient than water base but also it would not harm the fragile skull underneath. The prep process involves first, a visual inspection of the model, looking for blemishes and secondly deciding where to part the mould.
The third step usually involves applying an appropriate release agent to the model.
Image copyright  Art  Di Lella
Image copyright  Art  Di Lella
As you can see in the above images, the surface detail is quite subtle and very fragile. This preparatory part of the moulding process is absolutely critical. Any blemish missed will show up in the mould itself and of course later in the cast which could be difficult or impossible to replicate the original texture. That could be disastrous as many weeks of work may be ruined.
Image copyright  Art  Di Lella
Image copyright  Art  Di Lella
Attention and  focus are extremely important during this stage. Next time, I hope to show the moulding process.
Until that time,have a great week.

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