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AH Lara Croft WIP by TKMillerSculpt AH Lara Croft WIP by TKMillerSculpt
Someone asked REALLY nicely about work in progress shots, so here you are...

As you can see, these things usually go through something of an evolution from start to finish. There's seldom a direct route to the designer or design team's vision and that's reflected in these shots. Of particular note, you can see a huge difference in the early development of Lara's face, as well as an eventual idealization of her figure. It's frequently remarked that often times the end result may not look entirely like the designer's concept sketch. Designers, development teams, and the sculptors will usually have numerous discussions and changes will be made that might pull away from initial concepts. Sometimes licensors (those that hold legal ownership of the character) may even require changes to be made that also draw away from the initial design. And lastly, sometimes it's decided that particular elements need to be changed due to production costs or they just don't work in three dimensions and may detract from the overall piece.

AH! Lara Croft Premium Format Statue. Designed by Adam Hughes. Sculpted for Sideshow Collectibles. Wax, Balsa Foam, Bond-O, Castilene, and Resin. Entire piece stands 20", 2010.
Final approved sculpture. Critiques are not welcomed. Thank you for understanding.

Guns and Grenades by Oliver Brig. Paint and Fabric Elements by the Sideshow Development Team. Photography courtesy of Sideshow Collectibles.

Special thanks to Carissa Monroe [link] for modeling support and providing valuable reference.

The AH! Lara Croft Premium Format figure goes up for order June 2nd at [link] but you must be on their newsletter list to purchase that day. You can sign up for Sideshow's newsletter at [link]

As always, I'd like to thank Adam Hughes and Sideshow Collectibles for the opportunity to work on such a special piece. This project was especially challenging but has also risen to the top of my favorite pieces to work on, and I'm very pleased with how she's turned out. I hope you all enjoy her as much as I do!
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Darthanell Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2018
You are Ginious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
TopHatBigPencil Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! This is pretty amazing! :clap:
danielphillis Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2018  Professional Filmographer
amazing ! congratulations to the whole team !
Svetoslawa Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How big such figure and how much will cost to order some original character?
LETMESEEBEUTY Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2017
Good work
Ianrevealed Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It must give you great satisfaction to produce objects of such beauty - I am not a collector of these but I do enjoy seeing them.
LucyLumine Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2017  Student General Artist
You don't even need to but those expensive action figures... YOU JUST MAKE THEM! Nice superpower u got there huh :)
Turquoisegal Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2017
HOW MUCH IS THAT AWESOME SCULPTURE IN THE WINDOW. But for real how much would you sell them for I'm telling you I'll pay 20 bucks for one
xXxWaterlillyxXx Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
These would easily be worth hundredss of dollars; 20$ is a bit of a insult, dont you think?
Turquoisegal Featured By Owner May 28, 2018
I'm sorry, I know it would go for more I didn't mean to insult I only ment to say that I would pay alot to get it.
xXxWaterlillyxXx Featured By Owner May 29, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry, I was a bit harsh before, and its fine. I understand value is different for different countries :)
Turquoisegal Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2018
It's fine, I may also be noooottt annnn adulllllt... So that is alot of money for me at the moment.
Hewoimme Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2017
I would buy something from you o3o
Nodox Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Student General Artist
I love it !
Tiroro2002 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh wow this is beautiful!
ang3ll Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
this is awesome o.o
Rookie141 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
dem sculps. veeery impressive ._. if i had your talent, people who come into my room would be slayn by a flood of figures :D
YankeeBlueJeans Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Incredible work. :D
mysteryadvocate Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thank you so much for posting your WIPs, it really is invaluable to beginners like myself to get an idea of: 

- How to start a piece and different methods of doing so
- Not get disheartened during the sculpting as the character doesn't come through till later on in the process
- And just to show that it can be done, and isn't magic :)

Really though, thanks. Your work is INCREDIBLE.
Rayplogs Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
WOW. That's amazing.
LOFPB Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
Awesome to see the process! Thanks.
airkraken Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013
Sagakarikikkaru Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Student Digital Artist
How do you build the clothes on top of the figure? I want to try making my own figures but I haven't tried doing anything as intricate and detailed as people. (I have made swords, mugs, plates and such)
TKMillerSculpt Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Professional Artist
In some cases they're sculpted, but in this case a team of miniature costumers managed real clothing.
Sagakarikikkaru Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh I see... that makes this eight times more awesome then. Thankyou for replying.
Sheilagold Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You are absolutely amazing!!!
TKMillerSculpt Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Professional Artist
Nah, but thanks!
LittleMiky Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
wonderful ! you are the master of sexy ladies ! :) what did you use for clean your wax ? acetone ?
TKMillerSculpt Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Professional Artist
Usually lighter fluid.
SupermanLovesAspen Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hoo leee shit
nerdsharpie Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Student Filmographer
what medium do you use? this looks like a real action figure!!
ShirleysStudio Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just found out your art is featured on 9gag [link] :)
Onikage108 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
. . . . Wasn't it awkward in some ways . . .
TKMillerSculpt Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Professional Artist
How so?
Onikage108 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
Creating Lara; you had to do stuff life sculpt her boobs and ass for one . . .
TKMillerSculpt Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Professional Artist
Yeah, but I'm not thinking 'OMG I'm touching Lara's boob!' either.
stramp1a Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellant sculpting TK!!! I do some work for wallpapers & logons from the sculpts @ Sideshow Collectibles. This is a marvelous piece!
TKMillerSculpt Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Professional Artist
Thanks! And nice to make your acquaintance!
BREIZH-ANKOU Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012
This is absolutely astonishing
Deresoluted Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
This is so well done, I'll treat it as a tutorial.

Thanks !
SangreFria Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
O_O wow this is stupendous
SoraLove Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Gamer4Life1987 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
That is so awesome that it should be mass manufactured and sold.
TKMillerSculpt Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Professional Artist
Ummmm... you can order her here: [link]
sparrowcrazy Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh.. wow!!!
SnowedGirl Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
steph0804 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist
You totally ROCK!
YourDAMOCLES Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
holy shit
WampaW Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
RoyStanton Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
Brilliant work, Tim! Thanks for sharing the WIP shots; very educational.
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