Scratch-built statuette of the character 'John Harrison' from J.J. Abrams' 2013 film Star Trek Into Darkness. The model was sculpted around wire/foil armature components using FIMO polymer clay.
The model was sculpted and baked to harden in numerous stages, for example, the initial basic head shape was sculpted and baked so I could then create layers of facial detail without deforming the skull size/shape through handling. After the face was done, this was baked again so I could go on to work on the hair without squishing the face by accident. Similarly, the basic bare arm shape was hardened before I began building up layers of the jacket fabric and all of the folds and creases. A similar gradual stage-based process was used for every part of the model, and I finished by sculpting around all the seams to create the completed statuette.
Some sand and small stones were used to create the base, and the statuette was painted using various acrylic model paints.
This is my first ever attempt at doing a facial likeness based on a real-life actor, and as you can probably tell, it doesn't really look that much at all like Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays the character in the film. Trying to get the layout and shape of the features correct on a pretty small scale was really difficult, and is something I need a lot more practise at. Still, for a first attempt I think it could have been a lot worse, and I'm quite happy with the model overall.
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