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Comprehensive Step-by-Step Process of PPmisete-kun CustomComprehensive Step-by-Step Process of PPmisete-kun CustomDiary

plasticizerplasticizer2 månader sedan
Dear Diary,

I remember.

I remember the first time I made my own personal figure. It was hard as dicks. I was basing off of a few Japanese sites and it was turning out rather poopoo despite my good standing as an amateur non-artist (who’d’ve thought!?).
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Now that I’ve done a bit of research on the topic, I realized now that I had a debilitating case of bitingoffmorethanyoucanchewitis.

There’s a simple remedy for that. Even the based authors of the two books I’ve procured from Honto addressed this common ailment.

Make a shitty little magical girl mascot thing that’s always conscripting little girls to devote their lives to save the shitty world or something. I've added a few pages from the books to illustrate my point (and add an extra source so y'all don't think I'm pulling stuff out of my asses).

Link:
ALBUM LINK


This is a good way to get your toes wet and get a taste of the wonderful world of figure sculpting — and get your magical girl animal OC of your dreams realized in magnificent 3D!!

Wait — You don’t have a magical girl animal OC at your disposal? How unfortunate :^(

Luckily, I have JUST the thing for y’all. I’ve gone through the trouble to make a Picrew to generate your very own furry creature thing to pamper and emotionally abuse.

Link:
Mascot Maker


Now that you are armed with a good-for-nothing mascot character, we can get started on the actual fun stuff. Making it a real thing.

Basic Tutorial START!!

Make your own Magical Girl Mascot thing

Step 0: preparation and materials

The subject I will be sculpting today is the mascot of my Picrew toy: PPmisete-kun.

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Right. Now that we’ve prepared the subject, let’s gather the materials.

As noted in my previous article: BLOG #45960, there are quite a few materials you can choose from. I will be using Milliput since that’s at an arm’s reach from me right now. Sculpey is a good alternative for beginners, but make sure to bake and cool down sufficiently before layering new clay (and also use the Sculpey glue).

Here are the tool set I will be using (aka, the only ones on the table right now and I don’t feel like rummaging for more):
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Step 1: sketch and prototype
Since the Picrew can only generate the front view, we gotta get a little creative to flesh out a turn-around drawing of the character.
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Next, I like to make a quick sketch prototype of the sculpt using Monster Clay for future references. You can skip this part if you want, but prototyping is deeply ingrained in my process work. I try to just get the proportion right without getting too bogged down with the details. I’m trying to make it as small as I can work with so I don’t burn through the precious putty.
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Step 2: Armature and pose
Now that I’ve got the plan, I’m going to be making an armature using aluminum wire. I make the armature about 5% smaller to accommodate for the sculpting material. I recommend using some putty or superglue to add rigidity to any intersecting parts.
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Once the first bit of the putty is cured, I take this opportunity to pose the figure (although I skipped that for this particular sculpt).

Step 3: Sculpt
At this point, I build up the form by layering the putty up gradually. I make sure to give a good few hours to cure between the layering processes.
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I mostly only care about building up the rough form at the start, since I’ll just carve the details out of the figure later. I also take this time to stabilize the figure by adding some material on the feet and adjusting the weight distribution so it can freely stand on its own.
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Some sculptors purposefully divide the parts so they can continuously work on the figure without having to take a few hours of break, but I have other stuff to do, so this is the ideal scenario for me.


I’ve also started to shape the bow separately, since I’ll go ahead and glue this sucker on later. Once I’ve finished the rough form, I go ahead and start the first round of form polish. Basically, I take a file and gently scrape off material until most big bumps are smoothed out.
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Now that the larger mass is set, I move forward to add the secondary parts such as the mane. Once the mane is cured, I once again remove the roughness with a file. Next, I add arms and other small details.
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I decided to carve out the eyes, nose and eyebrow/mouth (though I quickly decided that I’ll just paint that on later, so I filled those two back up).
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At this point, I’ve finished carving out the bow.
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After sanding meticulously for a few minutes, I’ve gotten to the point where the figure is mostly velvety to the touch, save for a few holes.
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Since Milliput and most sculpting epoxy is water soluble, you can use a drop of water to make something like a slurry to help fill holes on the sculpt.


Now that the holes are filled, I can continue to sand my ass off until PPmisete-kun’s skin is as smooth as a baby’s ass.
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400 grit sandpaper with a shallow basin of water works well.


At this point, I’ve gotten pretty sick and tired of the whole ordeal, so I’ve decided to stick in his antennae and whiskers and call it a day.
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For some reason, cyanoacrylate (super glue) seem to weaken Milliput and make it a little brittle. It kinda sucks, but there’s no widely available alternatives on my desk at the moment.


Before I forget, I carved a notch out of PPmisete-kun's right ear. Here is the finished PPmisete-kun in all his glory.
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Hooray! PPmisete-kun is alive!

Epilogue:
I might make another post about my struggles with painting the damn thing. But I’m not sure. I’ll see if I can snag a few bottles of paint. Totally wish I had an air compressor and painting booth handy right now.

In any case, hope this was a bit helpful. If you've got any questions, I'll do my best to answer them.
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LittlePisces2 månader sedan#80885550This article is very informative! Looking forward to the painting process since I do have some pretty small garage kits that look tedious to paint.
The maker game you linked was also pretty useful. I have art block when it comes to thinking up of what simple characters to 3D model. If only I have the time to model.


Painting isn't my forte, and I don't have access to an air compressor and a spray booth, so I'll probably be forced to do it by ye olde elbow grease. I also kinda fucked it up by permanently gluing the whiskers and hair antennae, so there's also that. I'll figure it out somehow lol.
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This article is very informative! Looking forward to the painting process since I do have some pretty small garage kits that look tedious to paint.

The maker game you linked was also pretty useful. I have art block when it comes to thinking up of what simple characters to 3D model. If only I have the time to model.
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GerardHaZ2 månader sedan#80850414It came out really great! Your sculpting is really good.

Thanks, though I still have a long way to go...
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It came out really great! Your sculpting is really good.
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lesser-robot-cat2 månader sedan#80816014It's super cute!
Sanding... I hate sanding so much, I eventually reach the point of "Eh, those seams/bumps/etc are artistic choices for which I cannot be judged." (Shh, they totally are. Everyone buys it! They do. They do!)


Yeah, I was thinking of going the extra mile and whipping out my good old polishing compound and dremel... but decided nah. I've been writing the article for 2 weeks and just hit the threshold of my patience. The imperfections will stay.

AgentDrafire2 månader sedan#80816090Awesome sculpt! I'm always amazed by your work! Sculpting seems like a fun thing to do, though my shaky hands and crude handiwork skills beg to differ :,)

I find that sculpting is just a test of endurance and patience. I feel that anybody can get pretty good at sculpting once they hunker down and sculpt based on reference. Even if it takes 2 months per sculpt, eventually, something pretty decent will come about the struggles.
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Awesome sculpt! I'm always amazed by your work! Sculpting seems like a fun thing to do, though my shaky hands and crude handiwork skills beg to differ :,)
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It's super cute!

Sanding... I hate sanding so much, I eventually reach the point of "Eh, those seams/bumps/etc are artistic choices for which I cannot be judged." (Shh, they totally are. Everyone buys it! They do. They do!)
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