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Step 1: Building the Armature


The first and arguably most important step of any sculpt is to build the armature.  Normally, this process would start with reference material and a template to get the anatomy right, but we are going to skip that with the BMPC since its anatomy is variable.  That said, we do have to give some thought to the anatomy we want to create.  The BMPC has a large, lidded eye ball on top of a flexible tentacle. It's body is essentially a bag with a large mouth on one side and three to four grasping tentacles coming out of it's bottom.  They are highly variable creatures so feel free to adjust things to suit your tastes.


1. Visualize or sketch what you want your BMPC to look like and what sort of pose it will have.


2. Cut a piece of wire between 2 and 3 inches long with a wire cutters.


3. Using pliers, bend the wire into a curving shape so that it will travel through the center of your BMPC.  You can see that mine is a bit wavy in three dimensions, with the end curled forward. The end will be where I put the eyeball, and I want it looking at whatever PC I happen to pit against this BMPC. Note that you should leave about a half inch of straight wire on the bottom end to embed into the cork.





4. As an optional step, I flatten the straight end of the wire on my little anvil with a hammer.  You don't have to do this, but I find that it keeps a single wire armature like this from spinning in the cork as I work.





5. Using a pliers, press the armature into the cork. (Note that I left about a half centimeter or so of straight wire above the cork.  The rock base will cover this area.)


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The following picture shows the size of this BMPC.  It is a bit larger than the ones I did earlier.  I felt this would help me show more things during this tutorial.  Fell free to use a different size to meet your tastes; however, I wouldn't go much larger than mine or you may have trouble completing all of the steps in a sitting.





This step probably won't take you very long, but it is a good breaking point before our first foray into putty.



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Step 2: Sculpting the Rock Base


Typically, if a critter is standing on the ground, I sculpt it first and add the base after the fact; however, in this case, the base is necessary to be there before sculpting the BMPC because its tentacles wrap around it.  For mine, I am going to sculpt a simple pile of rocks as a base, similar to what I did in the example in the first post.


Note: I discussed it with Kit and got permission to post this as an animated GIF, showing it progress through 22 frames of sculpting. Please let me know if this works for you or not as I'll do it again, but perhaps a bit better next session.


1. Smear a bit of Vaseline on the outside of your off hand thumb and a bit on your index finger and thumb tips. The Vaseline on your thumb will be used to run your tool through as you sculpt and the bit on your fingers will mix in with the putty as you blend it.


2. Mix a wad of putty about the size of your index finger tip.





3. Press the putty ball around the base of the armature, sealing it together and pressing it down onto the cork.


4. Run your fingers over the surface to remove most of the fingerprints.


5. Use a metal tool (lubricated on your thumb) to smooth out any remaining fingerprints then cut in the rough shape of the rocks.


6. Keep working the rocks with the tool to refine their shapes.


7. After the putty has set for about 20 minutes, start etching in the details into the surface of the rocks, using the tip to scribe fine lines, cracks, and irregularities.  Remember rocks should be textured all around; large smooth areas will not look right. Work it until it looks good to you. Notice how in the GIF I am constantly turning the piece.  It is important to turn it a lot and make certain that you are approaching your sculpt from all angles.


Note how I have the center rock taller than the rest.  This will be the rock the the BMPC will have its tentacles wrapped around.



Please let me know what you think of the GIF approach. Let me know if the speed is right; I made a faster one too, but think it is too fast.





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Gonna try this one myself once I get home. What is the play dough used for?


LOL, it took me a while to figure out what you are talking about.  Those are old sample Play Dough jars that my sons had from years past.  I threw out the original dough and use them to keep the two parts of my GS in.  I buy GS in bulk in the tubes.  I then separate the two colors into all Yellow and all Blue tubes.  These then go into separate ZipLock bags and go in the freezer (this keeps them from having any gas exchange going on).  When I need putty, I get out a quarter sized chunk of each part and put it in the Play Dough containers.  The blue lid jar holds the blue part and the red lid jar holds the yellow (didn't have yellow Play Dough I guess).  This way, I only have a two week supply being stored at room temperature at any given time and it packs well in my travel sculpting case.


(BTW: the OCD in me HATES the red lid being used for the yellow part.  If I ever find a yellow Play Dough jar in that size, I'm jumping on it.  :lol: )

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