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Pop Sculpture: How to Create Action Figures and Collectible Statues Paperback – October 19, 2010
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About the Author
RUBÉN PROCOPIO has contributed to more than 25 Disney animated features, including The Little Mermaid and The Lion King. He founded Masked Avenger Studios in 2003 to expand his sculpting, design, and comic book illustration services.
ZACH OAT is the editor of TelevisionwithoutPity.com, a popular TV and movie criticism website. He is former editor of ToyFare magazine and was the original “toy wrangler” for Robot Chicken on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim.
TIM BRUCKNER, one of the pioneers of the comics/fantasy toy field has worked for companies such as Kenner, Gentle Giant and DC Direct, where he designed and sculpted the DC Dynamics statues.
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This book has some really good tips and techniques with various materials for the hands on sculptor. The main sculpting author is an extremely talented sculptor who works well in wax and the book reflects this method. He describes some of the materials that you may wish to use in your wax and then gives a couple very disappointing generic wax recipes. As a wax sculptor the author could have certainly given more recipes and it would still take the average person quite awhile to sort out what suits their sculpting style. For example I add talc as a filler to my sculpting wax for sculpting dolls. In the past I cut my teeth sculpting in wood and prefer to use some wood sculpting tools. Talc is mentioned as a possible ingredient, but after reading this book you may never really give it a second look when mixing up a batch of wax.
I wish the book had more information for the reader on joints of action figures and dolls.
The actual how to sculpt section is week, but in the authors defense for most people it is hard to describe to someone the finer points of sculpting. I would recommend Philippe Faraut, his books and videos describe how to sculpt extremely well.
Overall it seems more geared towards garage kits than action figures, if that's you bag you'll absolutely love this book. If you are a action figure or doll sculptor It's a book to own, but far from your only book.
As far as picking this book up to start a career in sculpting. There will always be a place for hand sculpted art, however the commercial sculptural art field is getting smaller and smaller each year. For commercial use laser scanners and 3-d printers are at the very beginning of the future. In ten years they will be the death of this field in all but a few old school mom and pop operations. Even then the mom and pop operations will probably use some of the newer technology. If I were a young sculptor just starting out, I would want to understand how things were done in the past, but lean more towards the newer technology.
The book is very well written with lots of witty comments and animations. I have only had it for 2 days and am nearly done with it because I love to read it so much. It makes the process seem much easier than it is and encourages me to spend more time in the studio.
My only gripe would be that their is a lot of editing issues, missing words, odd image references est but its no biggy. The pictures are as a whole very good with only a few blurry spots here and there. It is certainly a must buy for anyone interested in the industry of Toys.
Whether you think you'd like to try your hand at sculpting and producing action figures and small scale figure sculptures, or you are just curious about how it is done, you'll find this book a fascinating read. It follows the processes in great detail, from conception to sculpting, molding, casting and painting. It even has a chapter about how to become a professional in this art form.
The information that interested me the most was about many of the different materials that the pros use to sculpt and cast their sculptures. There's input from a number of professional action figure sculptors about the pros and cons of a wide range of materials and a lot of information about how to use them.
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A very rich book of information and very detailed step-by-step of all the processes to create a static or even articulated figure!