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NECA Godzilla 1962
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This was a unique job. I was surprised to get the opportunity to work on this action figure with NECA. The 1962 version of Godzilla. Very challenging project! Randy Falk at NECA really guided me through the difficult aspects of it and it was a great learning experience. I worked on the sculpture up to this point and then handed it off to NECA's team of sculptors to finalize and fix for approvals.

Here's a look at their painted final prototype! news.toyark.com/2018/08/08/pho…

He was sculpted in castilene wax. These are about 6"-7" tall action figures, if I remember right.

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IMAGE DETAILS
Make
Canon
Model
Canon PowerShot S3 IS
Shutter Speed
1/101 second
Aperture
F/3.2
Focal Length
12 mm
Date Taken
Jan 15, 2018, 10:43:38 AM
Software
Adobe Photoshop CS3 Macintosh
Sensor Size
1mm
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Steelia's avatar
The detail of the skin is phenomenal. Seriously fantastic work overall! :)
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TrevorGrove|Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much, I really appreciate that. I found trying to capture a Godzilla suit well to be a huge challenge! Even the less realistic ones, like this.
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PoeGhostal's avatar
What did you use for references?
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TrevorGrove|Professional Traditional Artist
We referenced the movie that this version is from. Typically you just reference the movie to capture the character, whoever or whatever it is.
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PoeGhostal's avatar
I just meant, did they provide you with any materials or did you just have to eyeball the film footage?

It's a great sculpt, I'm just curious what the licensor gave you to work with. Godzilla fans are notoriously picky about film accuracy (much like Alien/Predator fans!).
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TrevorGrove|Professional Traditional Artist
Nope, nothing provided. We just picked it apart based on the movie and any publicity stills found online.
I know just what you mean, it's very hard to please the die-hard fans. Even casual fans are pretty tough to please. Having as much reference as you can get is certainly a big help, but for older films, there isn't usually anything provided.
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TrevorGrove|Professional Traditional Artist
:) Thanks!
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Devil-Forgemaster's avatar
Did you use Castilene Hard or one of the others? ive used Hard for a LONG time, but ive always had a hard time polishing it with Goo Gone (though Goo Gone Glue and Tape Remover specifically is FANTASTIC since it flashes off ultra fast unlike the normal kind of Goo Gone) but lately ive noticed using soft to bulk it in, then making a waste mold of Silicone Caulk (Clear silicone 1, not 2. very important) mixed with water makes a FANTASTIC waste mold for little to no money, then i pour the hard Castilene mixed with more carnauba wax flakes (which turns it into a carve only material like TMS Wax, but a lot easier to carve, and not QUITE as hard, but flows off the pen just as easy) 
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TrevorGrove|Professional Traditional Artist
Awesome resourceful idea! NEVER would have thought to use caulk for a waste mold, but I love the idea. You can mix it with water?! amazing. That's part of why i avoid using waste molds, I don't like spending the money and time...but there are instances when I would really speed up my process if I did. It's much more fun to bulk something out in soft clay than it is harder materials.

I sculpted this little guy in medium, I think. I used to only use hard, but after trying some medium on a project I just much preferred it... It can be a little too soft sometimes, but I can always mix TMS wax in with it when i need more detail.

Thanks for sharing your methods, I love that waste mold idea.
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Oh yeah dude, look up "The King of Random" on youtube and look for the video where he makes a mold with the Caulk. of course he uses Food coloring instead of just water, and he mixes corn starch into the silicone as well to make it like a putty, but he also tries it without the starch and it's basically a brush on mold at that point. ive been using it and it's literally a waste mold for PENNIES on the dollar, if even PENNIES. the only bad thing? the acidic smell of the silicone. but that's small potatoes lol. give it a try and let me know how it works for ya!
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dusty-abell's avatar
My favorite pre-90's Big G!!!!! ALL THAT TEXTURING....... holy mackerel!!!
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TrevorGrove|Professional Traditional Artist
He is one of the best Godzillas! Such a fun design and suit. Oh yeah, that texturing drove me crazy....It can be enjoyable when you focus in, but it take so much patience and time to get a result....I experimented a lot with it.
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gearfab's avatar
That looks like it must have been insanely difficult.
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TrevorGrove|Professional Traditional Artist
:) It was really tough, but NECA guided me through a lot of it to try to get the best result. It was a fun learning experience for sure.
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Cissell|Professional General Artist
good work!
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TrevorGrove|Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much!
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GIGAN05|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Honestly, your a keeper for this line.
Would seriously dip into NECA's Godzilla's if they got you on board, because for a $20+ figure, this is amazing. 
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TrevorGrove|Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks very much! That's great to hear. I found sculpting this one to be incredibly difficult, so I have an all new respect for the sculptors that represent all the various versions of Godzilla. They really put a lot of care into it.
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DavidWFisher|Hobbyist Digital Artist
That looks AWESOME!
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TrevorGrove|Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!!
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TrevorGrove|Professional Traditional Artist
:) :thumbsup: Something I never thought I'd be asked to work on. Fun!
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IFUCKINGHATEROBLOX's avatar
actualy so epic i want to buy
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