Who wouldn’t want a Fallout Deathclaw head watching over them as they’re working? Nothing creepy about that at all. Honest.
A bit of a change on this in that I didn’t sculpt it, I just painted it. I do like the Fallout games and I remember nearly missing a train home from University one year as I was so busy playing the first one when it came out. I’ve not played the latest one (Fallout 4) but it is sitting waiting to be played one day when I find some time.
The bust comes from Brazen and Bold productions and comes as a three part kit. The head and two horns. While not 1:1 scale (that would probably be too terrifying) it is pretty chunky in size. I knew when I got it that I wanted a suitable wall mount for it so managed to go skip diving in a local garage and found this hunk of metal.
This cleaned up a treat when it was buffed with a wire brush and I put some wood behind it to mount the head onto.
There was minimal cleaning to the actual head to be done, just some seams and a couple of little air bubbles but on the whole this is a really nice casting. I filled the seams between the horns and head a little but other than that I didn’t do much else.
I assembled the bust and tested it on the wall to see if it was ok or if it would rip the wall down.
It was painted with Games Workshop paints in my airbrush and was mainly just blocking out shapes and forms then tidying up with a little brush work.
So now I have a Deathclaw hanging on my Fallout vault cellar wall, watching me…
Big Trouble in Little China, one of my favourite films. A few years ago an artist I follow posted a photo of something that really made me laugh which was a mashup of Big Trouble and Warcraft and for ages I thought I’d love to have a go at sculpting it. So before I go into this further it’s time for a bit of background information.
I’m a massive John Carpenter fan, I wrote about him while studying my degree at university and last year I actually got to meet the man when he toured the world to promote his second studio album and afterwards I thought I should get round to doing something based on his work which made me think of that drawing again. So when I found a small slot of time, I made a start. Theres are WIP photos in the gallery link at the end of the blog.
I wanted to do a big figure and ended up with quite a heavy piece.
Details on him are made from buttons, pins, wire, drawing pins, a knitting needle, some brass tubes, a glass eye and a couple of wooden spheres. Nothing like a bit of random stuff to add interest.
It’s a bit of a basic paint job at the moment but I am planning on going back to add more details at somepoint when I’m feeling braver. Probably after I’ve rewatched Big Trouble in Little China for the bazillionth time. If you haven’t seen it, it is a great film and worth a view.
The office I work in has just run a Game Jam so I took the risk of humilating myself by entering against a bunch of coders when I can hardly rub two bits of JS together. What made it more fun was I chose to do it in 2D and use C# as the language which I’ve never used before.
As its a running gag about my surname being spelled Kirby, not Kirkby, I went with the idea of creating a tiny me that looks like the Nintendo character. I created all of the graphics in game in Photoshop and then imported them into Unity. It was an interesting little project and I can think of a few things to tweak to improve it if I ever find the motivation.
To make the second video I shot some wobbly video of a table then motion tracked it in After Effects create a 3d camera. The camera was then imported into Cinema 4D where the 3d scene was created, then that was then imported back into After Effects using Cineware rather than rendering the footage out of C4D. This meant I was able to tweak the project on the fly rather than have to rerender everything every time I made a change.
Finally, just to prove that sometimes my work and home life overlaps a bit, I was asked to make one of the awards for the Jam. So, I present the “Peoples Choice Award Golden Joystick” made from an old Atari joystick, sprayed gold.
The final winner for both the main competition and People choice award was Clone Attack and well done to all who entered. I will try and grab some links to everyones game and add them below when I can.