Here finally, is the big Christmas order I’ve been meaning to share with you! Are you ready to see what it was?
I was contacted by a guy who makes mobile games, and asked to create 10 individual figures, along with custom bases, designed like an award statue. Something along the lines of these:
The figures were characters from 10 different games, and they were to be surprise Christmas gifts for his team of people that makes games with him…how cool is that?!
Here is what I had to go by, just one or two shots of each character. (Since they were surprises, he couldn’t very well go asking for pictures of characters from all different angles without looking a little suspicious, you know!) No worries, I was given free reign to make everything look good.
I knew this was going to be a challenge, for sure. All 10 of them were very different in style. Most of my creations are jointed dolls and characters, while these would be stationary statues. That also made it a different dynamic for me. This was a super fun project! Here is how they all turned out…
Pretty cool right?! I was very happy with my work on this project. I liked them so much, there were some that I really just wanted to keep for my own collection! Ha! I didn’t, of course, but I may yet make myself a little ninja warrior of my own design one day.
If you want to see lots more pictures, including some while they were still in progress, keep reading! This will be a long, photo filled post! 🙂
Unlike my usual dolls, these ones needed armatures, so I got out the wire and set to work. It wasn’t until this point that I realized just how big some of their HEADS are! Time to fetch the foil too…if you’re making a figure or doll with a larger head, you don’t want them to be too top-heavy, lest they topple over all the time! So, you roll up a ball of foil, get it nice and tight and smooth, and wire that to the armature. In the case of the army guy, I kept having to wrap more and more foil around, as it never seemed to be enough…that guy has a really huge head! Anyway, I taped them all up and got them posed properly. Here’s a shot to see what size they are:
Then it was time to start layering on the clay…I am not going to lie, these guys took a lot longer than I had estimated, that was a learning experience for sure. Even so, I thoroughly enjoyed making these guys, so it was totally worth it. They were quite a bit of work, because I didn’t want to leave out any details. Their artists put a lot of work into designing these characters, and I wanted to do justice to each one. Many layers of clay later, the figures were finished!
The bases were kept clean and simple, there was more waiting than doing for those, as I used poured resin for a super high gloss finish and it takes 72 hours to cure. I sealed off the room so there would be no dust particles in the air and tried not to peek for 3 days. Ok I peeked, but I did it very carefully.
Finally they were ready! I attached the figures to the bases and took tons of pictures…care to see??
Then it was time to pack them up and ship them off. I don’t think I’ve ever been so paranoid about a package, but they arrived, unscathed, at their destination. Whew! That was my biggest order ever, and it came just after I had decided not to take any more orders for the year…haha! It looked like way too much fun to pass up though, and I’m definitely glad I did it! Many thanks to my client, Jimmy for the opportunity to bring these characters to life. It was a delightful experience. 🙂