Thursday, July 23, 2009
Ghost Rider Maquette
I've posted pictures of my ghost rider maquette before, but never gave it the full treatment (as I did with Steve Rogers, for example). I needed a single picture of "Super Skull P" for the Spectrum 17 poster, so taking a few more wasn't a big deal.
The skull itself is roughly 1.25" tall — that is, of course, with its jaw closed. It's made from Super Sculpey, which I then painted a flat gray, using Holbein Acryla Gouache. The armature is a thin, galvanized steel wire that serves as both structure and base.
I sculpted the mandible last, but had planned ahead with a hinged wire to indicate placement and allow for future articulation.
Finally, I'd like to share the rather cheap "photo studio" set-up I use to photograph my maquettes. The background is a piece of black paper from those plastic portfolio sleeves. It's attached to my drawing board by magnets to create a curved, seamless backdrop. My light is the same clamp lamp under which I paint, powered by a compact fluorescent daylight bulb. Instead of using 2 lights, I just use my small plexi-glass mirror to reflect the primary light from an opposing angle.