Saturday, 29 August 2009

The triumphant return of Mr. Plasticine!


...Okay, so Mr. Plasticine still has a hand and part of his left leg missing, but he was still useful for drawing these figures which feature in a new Dredd strip I'm currently working on. Some comic artists can draw pretty damn good figures without using any kind of reference, but sadly I'm not one of them. As I didn't sculpt Mr. P's head, can anyone recognize where I purloined it from? Apologies for not posting for such a long time!

14 comments:

PJ Holden said...

Who or WHAT is Mr Plastecine? Can we see more of him?

Cliff Robinson said...

Hi, P.J. Mr. P is a rather dodgy looking homemade maquette. It's just under 9 inches tall and it's made from Das modelling clay and plasticine. Sadly, he's been a 'work in progress' for years and he's usually in a constant state of disrepair (hence the missing leg and hand), but even then I think it's a hell of a lot better than those crappy wooden maquettes one can buy in many art shops (in my 'umble opinion.) So long as you promise not to laugh at my clumsy modelling, I'll post up a couple more pictures of him soon. Cheers.

Pete Wells said...

Hey Cliff, you'll have to do a Captain Pegleg story then Mr P will certainly come into his own!

More pics of Mr P, please (and more of your scrummy artwork while you're at it!!!)

Rich said...
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Rich said...

How do you move the arms if he's made of Das, Cliff? They look as if they're connected to the body, to me. I've tried to make a couple of figures out of Super Sculpey, but, I'm so lazy, I never get past the head.
I thought the head on your figure might be taken from a Pinhead from Hellraiser kit, but the hole in the top makes me think it's a character who either wears a hat, or some ornate headdress, or has an axe sticking out of the top of his skull. Hmmm, not a bad idea for a character design. Can't wait to see more of your brilliant work in 2000AD, Cliff.
Best
Richard Elson

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Kevin Levell said...

We've seen him hanging around the border of the blog for a while, now he's made a centre stage appearance... we're just waiting for the "who do you think you are" in depth look at his history!
Always enjoy seeing your work Cliff.

Dylan said...

looks cool cliff, how do you go about building one of these? what do you make the skeleton out of etc. I think I might have a go. Is his head Marv from sin city?

Wiggz said...

Hey Cliff
post some more and we can play spot the pose in the strip!
Nice little tool for anatomy and posing though and you're right way better than the wooden dolls you get.

Wiggz.

suni said...

Hi Cliff, I added your blog to my blog, hope you don't mind.:)

Wiggz said...

Happy New Year All!

Wiggz

Cliff Robinson said...

Thanks, P.J., Pete, Rich, Pablo, Kevin, Dylan and Wiggz for your comments. Sorry it's taken months for me to reply. Rich, the figure's arms are connected to the body with nothing more than white tack. He has jointed elbows and knees covered with more white tack. His chest and lower thighs are made of Das Clay (although I'm now changing this to the more durable Milliput.) The 'spine' is just string covered with Plasticine and it's the Plasticine which holds the torso's pose (his legs are also held on by string covered by a Plasticine 'skin'). I've tried using wire in the past but got fed up with having to replace it when it inevitably broke.
Well done, Dylan, for spotting the Marv head. Oh, the 'hat' on top of his head is in fact a loop of string protruding from his skull with a small piece of cocktail stick through it as a way of securing his head to his shoulders. You can tell I’m a child of Blue Peter, can't you? Again, sorry about the length of time it's taken me to respond to the comments. I hope to do better in the future. Hope 2010 is good for us all. Bye for now.

Wiggz said...

Happy New Year Cliff - looking forward to your New Dredd!

Wiggz

Adrian said...

It's an ingenious way of using reference, I might give it a go - photographs tend to lack the hyper-real look which comics tend to be about (though great in the right hands and on the right strip), plus there's all that messing about with camera timers or models. Do you assemble whole pages from the photos or just use it for the cover shots?