Celebrity Head Sculpt Likeness--HOW?
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Celebrity Head Sculpt Likeness--HOW?

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Hey,


Does anyone know how to sculpt a 6" inch scale head to look exactly like your favorite celebrity?

I tried to sculpt my Superman head based on Christopher Reeve, but I cannot seem to get his face right, and I even made sure his face has all the right proportions. His head is proportionate to his body that I worked on, and facial features are in all the right places. It still doesn't look like him, at least not to me. I didn't have any feedback from anyone on my head sculpt, but I think I posted it in the wrong category or something.

I'm also thinking of trying to sculpt a one-sixth scale head of Christopher Reeve, then have a 3d printing company to shrink it down to 1/12th scale (6" inch scale) head for me. Anyone experienced that before?







Posted by STCreator
on Monday, December 8, 2014
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STCreator -
Saturday, December 13, 2014
This is not your work, triggerrick. Someone else sculpted that.

I sculpted this face, and you didn't say anything about it?




Sorry for lashing out on you, triggerrick. Yes, that New Krypton figure looks a lot like Christopher Reeve. Now that I feel kinda dumb for saying New Krypton's face doesn't look much like Christopher Reeve. He does look like him.

I just like to create my own Christopher Reeve face to learn why his face looked so superheroic and iconic. Now that I sculpted the face, I'll be able to know how to sculpt a superhero face.
STCreator -
Saturday, December 13, 2014
ANYWAY, DOES ANYONE HAVE A FACE SCULPT LIKENESS TO ANY WELL KNOWN CELEBRITIES??

I really want to see them. Pretty sure a lot of people are interested in seeing pictures of your work.
STCreator -
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Lol

STC, the head sculpt is a good start. If you are happy with it, that's all that matters. I can tell some sanding would help it look a lot better but I can definitely tell that you are trying to sculpt a Reeve head.


Thanks! I swear, I felt like going crazy for getting no responses based on the head sculpt of Reeve, which I had no idea if it looks like him or not (face likeness is what matters to me the most). Yeah, it's a good start. Definitely the best head sculpt I've ever done, regardless of it looking like Reeve or not. My previous head sculpts were not good due to the small size of the eyes, nose and lips.

I'll sand it and make his face's skin tone look smoother, of course. I just wanted to make sure I got his facial features right, which is why I came here in the first place, to hopefully get the opinions and advice from experienced figure sculptors.

I posted this picture in facebook to show my friends, and they all say it looks like him, which is good news. I wasn't sure at first, which drove me crazy.

Some people may think it's unnecessary for me to sculpt a Christopher Reeve Superman, but really... There is STILL no 6" inch scale Christopher Reeve in his original Superman costume, besides the custom Reeve figures (too rare, and too expensive). 5" inch scale from Mattel is too small (BS on their part, they usually make 6" inch figures... What the hell?), and 12" inch Hot Toys figure is too big and too expensive. So, I'm making my own.
Truwe 316 -
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Lol

STC, the head sculpt is a good start. If you are happy with it, that's all that matters. I can tell some sanding would help it look a lot better but I can definitely tell that you are trying to sculpt a Reeve head.
STCreator -
Saturday, December 13, 2014
This is not your work, triggerrick. Someone else sculpted that.

I sculpted this face, and you didn't say anything about it?

triggerrick -
Saturday, December 13, 2014
@truwe316, well I'm all out of ideas now lol
STCreator -
Saturday, December 13, 2014
You didn't see the head sculpt I posted? Just wondering. You didn't say anything about it, so I assume I didn't put up the picture right.



Does it look like Christopher Reeve, or no?

My girlfriend told me her parents immediately recognized him as Christopher Reeve, but I think she only said that to me to make me feel better.
Truwe 316 -
Saturday, December 13, 2014
That's what I suggested and he said he didn't like that sculpt.
triggerrick -
Friday, December 12, 2014
It'll be a cast of this head.
STCreator -
Friday, December 12, 2014
I have waited for Apoxy to dry, of course. The real pain is that even when it was slightly dry, it would either get stuck to my stylus tools, or my fingers, but refused to stick to the plastic surface, which drove me crazy. Thing is, I never used water on it, but I'll give it a try next time.

Looked everywhere on the net about using math to shrink the measurements, and couldn't find it.

I think I should save up for a 3d printer. I'm pretty serious about it. It gets tiring to deal with sculpting such tiny scale of the face. Both 12" inch scale, and 6" inch scale were a pain for me to get the features right. I even sculpted a 5" inch scale face before, and it was even harder.
STCreator -
Friday, December 12, 2014
Not sure which Reeve head cast you were talking about, but if you're talking about the Hot Toys version, then I have mixed feelings of the 12" inch scale Hot Toys Superman. Something is off with his face, and I can't put my finger on it exactly, but I think it might be his eyes being a tad too small. He looks kinda like him, but not really. It's hard to explain, but I found the before/after picture of Hot Toys Superman to show why:

http://noeling.deviantart.com/art/Hot-T ... -305324695


It's so weird that just a tiny part of the face can make him look completely different in the before picture. It shows how HARD it is to sculpt accuracy of the face. Now that the sculptor fixed the problem, the after face looks so much like Christopher Reeve.
STCreator -
Friday, December 12, 2014
I totally like the polymer clay (Super Sculpey, Fimo Puppen) method better than Aves Apoxy, especially when it comes to sculpting a FACE. It's impossible to get the face to look like a celebrity or your family member, or your friend with Apoxy in as little as an hour before it completely hardens. Aves is not good for expressive sculpting for me right now, but I know it can be done with a bit more creative method. Maybe try sculpting the basic head shape, like the main bone structures first, then I finally add small facial features one at a time. Again, it's much, much, much easier to sculpt a face with polymer clay.

In my opinion, it is highly suggested to sculpt a 1/12th scale face with polymer clay. I used Fimo Puppen for the face, because it's tougher and holds detail much better than any other clay out there. You can even create super tiny fingers with Fimo Puppen without them falling off.
STCreator -
Friday, December 12, 2014
I sculpted this head with polymer clay, Fimo Puppen.

Besides the terrible paint job, what do you think?

triggerrick -
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Why not just get a head cast of Christopher reeves? I can do a head cast for you easily, lmk bud
Truwe 316 -
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Depends on your Hobby Lobby but if you go to the Hobby Lobby store, use the store locator, it will have a link for the classes that they offer. Community Centers and Community Colleges also offer classes as well depending on your area.

Another concept that I know some guys use is Super Sculpey or another bake to harden clay. What they do is sculpt to a point that they like, bake, sculpt to another point that they are happy with, bake, and so on until they get what they like. From there, they cast the final sculpt in resin. I think Spawnsauce and maybe Horton's Heroes does this.
Darththomas -
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Are you using apoxy safety solvent or water to keep your tools wet? the wet will stop the sculpt from sticking to your tools. Also, are you allowing the sculpt to dry slightly before starting to move it around? Just let it sit on the figure for like 10-15 mins depending on cure time. This will make the sculpt bond slightly with the base.

I've heard of people who use maths to create exact liknesses, I'm not 100% on the method but it's something like measuring parts of the face from a number of pictures or stills (eg,cheeks, width, depth, etc) then using maths to shrink the measurements down to the correct scale, I don't know the formula or anything but I've heard it somewhere.
STCreator -
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
What kind of class did you see Hobby Lobby offer?

I did see New Krypton head before, because I came across a bunch of Superman customs with this head. The more I look at this head, the less I like how it looks, because it seems bigger than the body, which makes him appear shorter to me.

I just prefer to sculpt a completely new head of Christopher Reeve, so that I can sculpt different interchangeable heads of Reeve's expressions. I think I just used the wrong clay (Aves Apoxy Sculpt). This stuff kept sticking to my stylus tools, which was a royal pain in the neck for me.

Practicing to get better at sculpting a head is a good advice. Thanks.
Truwe 316 -
Monday, December 8, 2014
Practice, followed by more practice, and then some more practice. I know my Hobby Lobby offers some art classes but I have never had time to go to one to see if they are worth it. Unfortunately there is no process of "if you do this and then this, you will become the best sculptor ever". I've been sculpting for years and there is no way that I am talented enough to do celebrity likenesses but it is something that you have to continue to work at and, over time, you will become better and better at it.

If you want to get the Reeve's head done in a timely manner there is the New Krypton figure that is almost a spitting image of the guy.:

http://www.comicsinfinity.com/p-46521-p ... igure.aspx
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