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Blade Runner 2049- K by TrevorGrove Blade Runner 2049- K by TrevorGrove
I'm trying to post some updates, finally, since things are getting unveiled at SDCC this week.

Here is a look at a figure from NECA I got to contribute to for their new "Blade Runner 2049" action figures. This is Ryan Gosling as K from the new film. I know the ladies love this guy, but man oh man is he nearly impossible to sculpt. I think of him as being fairly distinctive, so it was surprising how tough it was.

You can see a couple more shots here: www.facebook.com/pg/trevor.gro…

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zson Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2018
this is great. do you have any scupting tutorials?
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TrevorGrove Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I haven't really made any sculpting tutorials, but I wrote some entries here long ago about wax sculpting. I've been told all the links don't work, but just ask me about anything you can't find, and I'd be happy to try to help.
How To Sculpt in Wax pt 1Well, as promised, I thought I should write up a little information on sculpting in Wax. It's not the first medium one would think to work in when starting out with sculpture, but it does offer a lot of benefits.
That said, though, it's probably not the best medium to use if you're JUST getting interested in sculpting. It's primary benefit is that it allows for lots of clean sharp detail, which is something that's valued in the collectibles field. But we all know detail doesn't equal good work. :) As a prerequisite to wax, I think it would be best to start out sculpting in Super Sculpey. It's easy to get your hands on, and everything you learn from working with it is applicable to wax sculpting.
But if you're wanting to dive in and try wax, here's some help with getting going:
I personally use a few different kinds of wax with my sculptures. All of which are mixed and offered through private 'dealers' I guess you would say. ha! www.willowproducts.com is an excellent resource for gettin

How To Sculpt in Wax pt 2Okay, to continue (and probably wrap up) my Wax info, here's the second installment.
Tools of the trade! Sculpting in wax, while essentially very similar to sculpting in softer clays, does require some specialized tools. Nothing too fancy, but you will need some certain things.
The most important tool is an Alchol Torch. This is a small rubber bottle with a wick that runs up to a screw on cap. You fill it with denatured alcohol, which in some cases is difficult to find. Here in California, I can pick it up at any hardware store, but just a couple of years ago it wasn't as easy to get.
Here is a link to the one I'm using. There may be cheaper alternatives, but $15 isn't too shabby: http://www.egeneralmedical.com/hsi-3659460.html
The alcohol runs you about $15 a gallon too, and usually lasts me about a month of solid working time.
So, what is the alcohol torch used for, you ask? Well heating up your tools of course! :) It can also be gently squeezed while lit to provide concentrated heat
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godotcloud Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2017
Your sculpting work is awesome and i purchased one after seeing this. Today i got my figure but it seems the details are lost in the massive production. Did they scale your sculpture down?
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TrevorGrove Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! Most toys with NECA are scaled down from how they were originally sculpted. I actually was shocked at how well the details were kept in the final toy...but the production paint holds it back a bit. I did a minor repaint of them you can see here: Blade Runner Action Figure Repaints
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JesusRanchal Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Brutal!
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TrevorGrove Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
:thumbsup:
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guillermobasyk Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2017
Awesome!!
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TrevorGrove Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!!
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cassandra667 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2017
Instantly recognizable as Gosling. Your detail work is spot on.
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TrevorGrove Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
That's wonderful to hear! I had a tough time sculpting him. I appreciate the kind words!
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ShadowDrakkon Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
For a figure that was challenging to sculpt, you did very well in making his face not only appear distinct but still very much Ryan Gosling and very much K. The details, both small details and large, in my opinion, are spot on -- especially on his face, and the more fine details on his jacket and shirt.
I was very excited to hear about the existence of official Blade Runner 2049 figures, after knowing that no official line for action figures existed for the original Blade Runner.
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TrevorGrove Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
That's great to hear, and thank you very much!
I really hope this opens up the possibility for Blade Runner 1982 figures. It's sad that they never have happened.
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ShadowDrakkon Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are very welcome!
I agree; I also think they would be wonderful collector's items, too, even if they might not be considered vintage, so I would still be glad if they released a line of figures from the first Blade Runner to quell the disappointment that there never was any after its release.
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TrevorGrove Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
I agree. I hope we see a lot of Blade Runner products soon.
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falingard Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
That's a really sweet sculpt of young hercules
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TrevorGrove Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha! nice!
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miguelzuppo Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2017  Professional
Amazing, very well done!
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TrevorGrove Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, again!!
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miguelzuppo Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2017  Professional
High-five! 
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asa-baijan Featured By Owner Edited Jul 21, 2017  Professional Artisan Crafter
The hard work paid off though, he's gorgeous!!! Love all the textures on this sculpt and I'm especially in love with the furry inside of his coat! You also perfectly captured the softness oif all the different materials!

There's a few people who seem very distinctive, but what really makes them that way is often the expression and the movement in their mimic. I've had a roommate who would always come off strange in photographs because the life in the movement was lacking. Maybe it's the same with Ryan Gosling; his individual traits are much harder to capture with a neutral expression.
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TrevorGrove Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
I think you're exactly right! There are some people that are just difficult to capture in any way.
So glad you like it! The textures were fun on the outfit, and making the coat was especially enjoyable.
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CadaverCrafts Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I had to look up who this is to check how well you matched him and i honestly think he's spot on! I'd say especially the shape of his mouth and his nose are important to get right and you did (of course, as you always do :nod:).
Other than that i can't take my eyes off his amazing shirt and jacket. That's a whole bunch of awesome textures and details!
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TrevorGrove Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, cool! That's great to hear. the textures were fun on this piece. The figure was started by another artist, and I came in to do the head and jacket and add detail and texture throughout the figure, so it was a unique collaboration!
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CadaverCrafts Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh that's really interesting! I didn't know collaborations on traditional sculptures were a thing.
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TrevorGrove Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah! In some instances a sculpt travels around to other artists. :)
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MarkRaats Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2017
Bloody brilliant Trev!
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TrevorGrove Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, much!!
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Elised-blood Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2017
Look like a real man
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TrevorGrove Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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AOPaul Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
So some of the first comments were critical of his forehead. Having Gosling sit behind me at a Christmas event in Silverlake I can emphatically say his forehead is INDEED THAT BIG in real life. ;)
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TrevorGrove Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Hahaha! That's great to hear! :D He was a painfully hard sculpt, for me, so I don't mind the criticism....I'm surprised he was tough, he seemed like he'd be pretty simple...I always under-estimate the wrong ones.
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MacHumperdink Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2017
Excellent
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TrevorGrove Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!!
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MacHumperdink Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2017
No problem :)
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