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Mystique Progression by TKMillerSculpt Mystique Progression by TKMillerSculpt
With the Mystique sculpture now shipping to Sideshow customers everywhere, I thought I'd shed a little light on the sculptural process of a piece like this.

Working very close with art directors from Sideshow, as well as with the designer, Adam Hughes, the statuette progresses from a wire armature through clay and eventually to wax, being refined and tweaked along the way. The initial clayup, or rough, was sculpted in Chavant NSP Medium plasticene, and was then cast in Toxic Mom's Wax for final cleanup and detailing. As you can see from the photos, I'm not above utilizing a mixed media approach to accomplish different effects, or just to make my life a little easier. The final wax master was comprised of about a dozen different pieces, not including the skull base.

After Sideshow receives a wax master from me, they'll cast it in resin, provide a paintmaster copy, and it all gets shipped to Asia for mass production.

The gun was fabricated by Oliver Brig and the paintmaster was accomplished by Mike Najera.

[Edit] Since the question has come up, I'll explain a little about the process for making the panels of her dress.

For each of Mystique's panels, I glued a thin strip of cloth to armature wire, pressed the ends of the wire into Mystique's abdomen and shaped the wire to match the design. I brushed the fabric down with a fabric stiffener and shaped the wet fabric with a sculpting tool. After the fabric was hardened, I was able to cover the surfaces with clay, allowing me to cast the panels up in wax for further refining.

[Edit] Wow! Thanks so much for a DD on New's Year Day and thanks so much for all of the wonderful comments!
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Mystique Progression by *SculptorTim is not only a carefully and flawlessly crafted sculpture, but to see it from armature up to finished piece is a real treat as it gives a rare glimpse into the creative process the artist uses in construction. ( Featured by Thebuild )
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DustyDesperado Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2018  Student Filmographer
This is amazing!
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gusolsan Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2018  Professional General Artist
Excellent work very detailed and better provided
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MoviesBandit Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2018
Wow that is cool.
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Onikage108 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2018
LOVE IT!
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QuinnRamenNoodles0w0 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thats so cool
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XmariposaX Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is something I can't do, but amazing to see someone else do it! Wow!
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Thorn-y Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aaaaaaah This looks so amazing!
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Terra-02 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing! So you make a basic sculpture, cast it, paint it, and then have it mass produced? I'm fascinated by this process.
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darksack100 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The first one looks like it could pass as abstract art
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teutelquessir Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2018  Professional General Artist
I love seeing the artistic process!  Thank you for sharing.
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Raubritter Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AMAZING!
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ghsjAAAAA Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very dynamic and realistic!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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B00nty Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2018
Classique Mystique la meilleur 
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SDmedia9 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2018  Student Digital Artist
wow, this is absolutely amazing
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HaneMS Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2018  Professional General Artist
You are so good you make it look easy! T T love it so much.
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KAJ420360 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2018
This rocks on all levels great work!!!!
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skyfireJax Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2018
this is excellent, thanks for not going to porn rout,
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ShadowFox420 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2018
That's really bad ass. Would love to see a Spider-man one.
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Zordora Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2018
Thumps up!
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ArtChicken Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2018
BOOBS!
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Kraytas Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
i love you bro
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Shub125 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2018
seeing this shows how much time and effort you did on this sculpture, well done :)
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fantasy-musicgirl Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2018
(#OoO#) by MaximumDoodie  
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jacobgraves Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing Work... 
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sweetdreamz12 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
cool
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MasterCrowe Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2018
Breezy vag.
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Dolapin Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2018  Student General Artist
fea tu wea
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MaximeChiasson Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful work!!!!!!!!!! huge fan!!
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ArtisticMuff Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2018  Student General Artist
undyne
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Snicker-Kitty Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Literally nobody in this comment section has “Rosa” or “Sadie” in their username. Nice try.
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RetroRemaker Featured By Owner Edited Mar 22, 2018
What is her name?
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PrincessLuna1996 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2018
SCAMMER!
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iandango Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
excuse me?
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PrincessLuna1996 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2018
What do you mean? I was talking to duz12704
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iandango Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I didn't mean to send that!
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PrincessLuna1996 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2018
Are you the same user? It doesn't seem like it!
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iandango Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nope!



Let me rephrase that... I'm sorry if this bothered you, but...

How are they a scammer?
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PrincessLuna1996 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2018
Just look at their comment, they claim that you can earn that much money from working at home because some imaginary person did, which you can't, and the link more than likely leads to a website that wants you to fill in a form, which is more than likely your credit card info!
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CryptidGirl Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2018   General Artist
This is amazing! I'm so happy to see you got a DD, You totally earned it!
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Maehedrose Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2018
And she could make herself look like every piece on this table, so these really all look like Mystique. 
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MonsterInkStudio Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Awsome work!
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Awesome!
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itsiel Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so awesome!!! <3
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iciitiger Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2018
Gorgeous 💙
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