Friday, June 8, 2012

Glorian Underhill-The Pose

Hi Everyone,

The next part of a miniature commission is setting up the pose. This is very important information that you need to get from the client before starting.

 So one of the first things I asked Florian was "What pose do you want?"  and here is his answer:

The pose of the mini: Actually I thought it to be like Picture Nr.1. A hunched pose, the upper body up front as running forward. So the mini looks like it is actually a screenshot taking while the person is running, or in the beginning to run. 
Left arm ist held strong and angeld as on the picture to block someone who is in the way and the right arm held back to hit someone with the fist in front.
The vicoious sneer is all part of that motion, like the mini is actually not very impressed by his opponent or he is asure that he will crush him a moment later, or he is just having good blood bowl violence fun.

I have put here a link of "Travellers" Blood Bowl site with all Blood Bowl minis ever produced.
You can click on the pictures to make them bigger. The four blitzers are something I have in mind. Blitzer Nr. 10 especially but with a different arm position like I described earlier.

 Here are the photos Florian is refering to:

Again Florian has provided excellent photo reference for me so it makes my job a lot easier as the pose is self explanatory and there are no real concerns with production on the pose either.

In the next post I will go over scale, which is the other important factor to consider before starting.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Glorian Underhill-Phase 1:The Commission-Reference

Hi Everyone,

So the very first part of sculpting a figure is the commission phase. This usually includes any negotiations on prices and terms and all the financial arrangements between the clients. Since Florian won the contest this part of the process was skipped. Besides, terms and payment are thier own beast altogether and could warrent thier own article series :).

The commission phase involves getting all the particulars of the proposed sculpt from the client. This is all the information I would need to actually begin sculpting and need to get beforehand. Things like art reference, photo reference, scale, pose, and production concerns all need to be determined before the miniature is started. Florian and I have already been talking via email so I will include excerpts from our discussions where applicable to give you a inside look at the process.

So to break down each of those categories I will start with reference. Florian wanted a miniature named Glorian Underhill, which is his Blood Bowl and internet identity and he had a ton of photos for me to work from. Here are the photos Florian sent:

So as you can see I have pretty good reference from Florian, almost all sides are covered and I am only missing the back view. So naturally my first request from him was if he could get me a photo of the back of the armour. I only really need the torso part, as the back of the arms and legs are pretty self-explanatory and I can extrapolate what they would look like without further reference.

Once I have this all together I would print the reference out so I have if available and readily at hand to use in the sculpting process. At this point I will also closely go over the reference and take a look at all the details, just to familiarize myself with them and also to spot any problem areas.

So in the next post I will cover the pose and look at how that is determined.