Monday, December 20, 2010


i started sculpting when i was 19 or so. and it's been at least 10 years since these images were published. i used to send images of my sculpts into all the toy magazines. some magazines had contests and others were just to showcase fan work.

i think this is the first magazine that published one of my sculpts. the sculpt was based on a friend of mine that wanted to be a pro wrestler. it was sculpted out of the original white Sculpey in Kemmerer WY. this guy fell in the oven and smashed his face. i did my best to repair the damage, because i already learned the lesson of not finishing things. apparently i hadn't learned how to keep a figure stable while cooking.

so, i have a terrible memory and i can't remember which order i sculpted these figures in. most of the photos were taken all at once. Darkness was sculpted while i was living in Tempe AZ. the only reference i had was the movie, so i just had it play constantly while i was sculpting.

i sent the same photos to several magazines, so there are a lot of repeats. i lived in Moab UT for about 3 months, so that's why it says i'm from Moab. all sculpts were done in AZ and WY.

i was a big Predator fan for a long time. i based this off the cover of Predator: Big Game issue #1. of course it doesn't look anything like that. this was the first time i ever used Super Sculpey. he was sculpted in WY and has removable armor.

these 2 figures were both sculpted in AZ. i was a huge fan of Alex Ross at the time, and Earth X was his current work back then. Oink is based on a comic a friend gave me.

this was the big contest i won. the Abe figure was one of my first sculpts and was supposed to be for a Toyfare video game contest. he was made of regular Sculpey and fell over in the oven. i didn't get around to fixing and finishing him until after the due date. i later saw the results and another Abe won that contest. lesson learned.

another reprint, but this page also included an image of some of Hot Toys early products.

it feels like these were sculpted several lifetimes ago. these aren't my first sculpts, but they show the 2nd stage in my sculpting life, maybe stage 1.5. as you can see, i used to sculpt figures that weren't available to buy. McFarlane toys eventually made real toys out of Darkness and Predator, but i never bought them. now i try to create my own characters and sculpt those instead of existing characters.

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