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January 1, 2010
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.
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Mystique Progression

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!
Image details
Image size
1235x1024px 1.1 MB
Konica Minolta Camera, Inc.
Shutter Speed
1/60 second
Focal Length
22 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Jan 17, 2009, 2:21:14 AM
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I love it when an artist explains how they made something like this, to me that adds so much more to the character of artwork itself, instead of keeping their secrets to themselves! Absolutely fascinating!

Darthanell's avatar
Out standings crashers of skull fields Woooow!
DustyDesperado's avatar
gusolsan's avatar
Excellent work very detailed and better provided
MoviesBandit's avatar
Wow that is cool.
XmariposaX's avatar
This is something I can't do, but amazing to see someone else do it! Wow!
Thorn-y's avatar
aaaaaaah This looks so amazing!
Terra-02's avatar
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.
darksack100's avatar
The first one looks like it could pass as abstract art
teutelquessir's avatar
I love seeing the artistic process!  Thank you for sharing.
ghsjAAAAA's avatar
very dynamic and realistic!!!!!!!!!!!!!
B00nty's avatar
Classique Mystique la meilleur 
SDmedia9's avatar
wow, this is absolutely amazing
HaneMS's avatar
You are so good you make it look easy! T T love it so much.
This rocks on all levels great work!!!!
this is excellent, thanks for not going to porn rout,
That's really bad ass. Would love to see a Spider-man one.
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