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HCG Ghostbusters Egon
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Harold Ramis as Egon from Ghostbusters. Part of Hollywood Collectibles Group's continuing line of 1:4 scale statues. It's been a lot of fun being part of these.

Complete with "Nice Shootin' Tex" alternate portrait. Don't cross the streams!!!

I only worked on the portraits. the rest was beautifully sculpted by Alterton.

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SteveStanleyArt's avatar
SteveStanleyArt|Professional Traditional Artist
Looks nothing like anyone from MythBusters! Horrible! But, good grief I just realized there are two sculpted Egon heads! Dang! Lost my train of thought! Darn you Ramis!
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TrevorGrove's avatar
TrevorGrove|Professional Traditional Artist
Hahaha!  :thumbsup:
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SkyPotatoFire's avatar
Fantastic mood of the face.
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TrevorGrove|Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much, I love to read that.
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jesserubin's avatar
Absolutely beautiful sculpts!! Fantastic job on the teeth! One question, do you always
end up using heated tools or some kind of flame when working on a wax portrait? 
I bought some of Adam beans CX5 wax years back and its still sitting in my closet unused. I like the 
idea of trying wax but I'm a bit intimidated by it especially after watching Adam's instructional 
video.
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TrevorGrove|Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much!!

Yes, I do use heated tools all the time with sculpting. I've gone through about 3 alcohol torches in my career. :D They look like garbage once I start using. haha! Heating tools is definitely the big trick to working in wax. The waxpen is also another great tool that I use when sculpting. Great for adding wax and also amazing for detailing hair.

Your work is so great, you probably don't need wax, but it MAY make life easier with portraits! Its greatest advantage is the control you get with difficult stuff like faces...but I tend to feel like whatever medium you love working in is the best one... Everyone has a different way to getting the same level of result, it seems to me. I think this goes for digital, too...it's just another great option. I tried to force myself to learn digital and I realized quickly it just wasn't for me....But it's great that it's fun for others! I'd approach wax the same way. :D
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jesserubin's avatar
Thanks Trevor! I have been a bit intimidated by the idea of learning how to 
work with wax. I have had a brick of CX5 in my closet for many years and never
tried it out. I never bought the other things I needed like a alcohol torch or waxpen.
I can really procrastinate and make mountains out of molehills but I think I'll give it a proper try soon.
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TrevorGrove|Professional Traditional Artist
:D Your work is so great already, I doubt you'll need wax, but it may be something you enjoy for small portraits. For me, I kind of needed it because I just wasn't good enough in soft mediums.....

I hope you like it! It's always cool to have some other mediums you can turn to if you're not enjoying the one you're currently working in. Whatever gets the job done!
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JDanC's avatar
JDanC|Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That's excelent!
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TrevorGrove's avatar
TrevorGrove|Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!
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MisfitsTamara's avatar
Exceptional likeness - excellent work!
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TrevorGrove's avatar
TrevorGrove|Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!! I really appreciate it.
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JFKART's avatar
JFKART|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Mind me asking what type of clay ? you are so inspiring! Amazing work.
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TrevorGrove|Professional Traditional Artist
Hey, sorry I didn't put it in the description, I'll have to fix that! I work almost exclusively in hard wax. My favorite is TMS which is blended by artist Ralph Cordero. He sells it here: studiorgc.yolasite.com/wax.php

This piece was sculpted in that wax. I also really like Castilene, which is a sort of wax/clay hybrid. If you're used to working in clay, it will seem very hard, but compared to a tooling wax like TMS, it's quite soft. It's great because you can warm it in a microwave to make it maleable and work like clay, and as it cools, it holds detail better like wax. I like to use both of these waxes for most of my work, now.

Thanks for your kind words!
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dreamfloatingby's avatar
I love how you did his teeth.
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TrevorGrove|Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! It was a wild expression to have to try to do, especially with Egon, who doesn't emote very much. Ramis had some beautiful pearly whites, though. haha!
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dreamfloatingby's avatar
Sculpting teeth, isn't easy. :paranoid: you'd think it would be straight forward, but its actually a bit challenging-the curvature, getting them in the right place/size so they don't look crooked, or freakish. =P :lmao:
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TrevorGrove|Professional Traditional Artist
You are so right! It can really throw a likeness off. The most frustrating thing for me in this line of toy/collectible work is when prototype or production paint outlines every tooth. :D I guess the idea is that more detail is always better, but in the case of scaled down little faces....you almost never want to paint the lines between the teeth. natural shadows tend to do that work fine. I've had to go in and repaint a few of the little teeth on some of the pieces I have copies of because it just drives me crazy. haha! collectible orthodontics.
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Vermithrax1's avatar
Wow, that's outstanding!  The likeness is perfect!
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TrevorGrove's avatar
TrevorGrove|Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!!
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DaveyBlazeCustoms|Professional General Artist
Outstanding!!! You really nailed the likeness. Incredible.
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TrevorGrove's avatar
TrevorGrove|Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, again. I really appreciate it.
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baston27's avatar
This is the true and only Egon
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TrevorGrove's avatar
TrevorGrove|Professional Traditional Artist
:) I'm happy to hear it! Thank you!
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