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Lotus Angel Warrior by sivousplay Lotus Angel Warrior by sivousplay
My latest is a fantastically, detailed 1/6 scale sculpt from ManoGK (sculpted by Iceberg ... one of the talented Siji Bros), called Lotus Angel Warrior. As always, she is hand-painted with acrylics. As I understand, she is based on a character from the Todd McFarlane Series, Spawn: The Samurai Wars. I tried to combine a number of influences to produce the image of our heroine in a Japanese garden complete with pond and lotus blossoms which seemed all too appropriate. I wanted her to have an ancient feel and went w/ a lot of copper / patina tones on her armor. I also used a painting of Guan Yin holding a lotus blossom as a guide for a free hand painting on the back of our heroine's skirt. If you have good eyes, you can see the lotus blossom in Guan Yin's hand. For the background, the kit came w/ a complex base that I interpreted as a dragon shrine and I tried to extend this notion by sculpting a bonsai-style tree around the shrine and used some of the swirls in the structure (along w/ some additional sculpting) to look like a small fountain and had it all collecting in a peaceful pool complete with lily pads and lotus blossoms that I sculpted as well. There were a lot of terrain effects created in this piece ... I will give some small details about what went into them.

Sorry about the wall of text ... it should keep you busy for a while ... :)

1). Tree - The tree armature was created with strands of heavy gauge wire. To build a tree that is 16 inches tall, you need to cut strands of wire 2 1/2 times 16 or 40 inches long. Depending on the "thickness" of the branches you want, you'll need anywhere from 9 to 16 strands of wire. Let's go w/ 9. Bend these 9 strands in half. So, now you have 18 ends together. Hold the wires at the bend and make a loop large enough to fit three or four fingers ... this loop forms the base for the tree. Twist the 18 strands together to make the trunk ... the more twists you make the longer the trunk will be. You can then start dividing the wires into sections that will form the major branches of the tree. To make the base, you'll divide the wires in the original loop into 3 groups of 3 loops ... twist each group and bend at right angles ... this will give you the structure for the "root ball" of your tree and allow the tree to stand on its own. Now back to the branches ... take the 18 wires that you've twisted and start "branching" them out in groups of 3 or 4 wires each and start twisting these together for an inch or two. You keep doing this branching technique ... splitting off groups of wires and slowly thinning the size of the branches by having fewer wires until you have a pair of wires forked at the end to make the final small boughs. Now you have a very movable / changeable skeleton for your tree ... you can bend and twist any of the branches to give the tree the shape you want. If you need more branches or thicker ones, you can use more wire to wrap around the existing branches / trunk. Once you are happy w/ the skeleton, it's time to create the bark. Use a "strong" plaster of your choice ... I use either Durham's Water Putty or Vatican Art Stone ... you don't want the plaster to be too runny or too lumpy (this will take some practice) and holding the tree upside down from the base, start brushing the plaster onto the tree .. it'll be a bit messy, but eventually it'll all be covered. You have to work somewhat quickly ... working time for plaster is in the 10 min range or so. Before it gets too hard, use a hobby knife and create a bunch of vertical cuts into the plaster to sculpt the bark pattern onto the tree. This doesn't have to be too accurate to get the right feel. Let the plaster dry completely. Now paint the tree to your liking ... I'd recommend priming the plaster white ... paint a light yellowish/greenish brown as the first layer and then a dark brown black wash over this to get into all the bark cuts. It's a 2 step process for the foliage ... 1). to create a nice depth at the ends of the branches, I use some cocoanut fiber and glue that to the ends in some clumps and 2). a product form Woodland Scenics called Foliage which is some clumpy stuff sprayed on a fibre mesh that you can tear and stretch to create very realistic clumpy/airy foliage.
2). Pond - The waterfall effects was a two-stepper ... one take the gloss of your choice (I used Woodland Scenics Water Effects) and brush it liberally onto some clear plastic wrap (yep the stuff you wrap up your leftovers with) and use the gloss to hold it in place on your base. Once it dries and you've painted and secured all of your base elements, a two-part clear resin was poured into the finished / painted base ... I added a couple drops of yellowish/greenish/brownish paint to simulate the murky water of a pond. As the resin was setting up, I dropped in my lily pads so they appear to float on the surface.

I hope you enjoy the piece. If you'd like to see more pics, please visit my website at: [link]

or checkout this collage on deviantArt: [link]

Cheers,
jim
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:icontareebi:
Tareebi Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014
gotta love Todd
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MacClaod Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
wooooooooooh so amazing
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sivousplay Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much!
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yanchuan111 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
You're amazing ~ ~ ~
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sivousplay Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thank you for your kind words
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Loofen Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
do you have a video or picture tutorial on how to build the tree that you described above? or know about one? and where on the web can I buy plaster?
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sivousplay Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I don't have one, but the next time I build a tree, I'll do a tutorial. I buy mine from various art supply stores in the US ... but international shipping on 25 pounds of plaster would probably be prohibitive.
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segura2112 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
WOW!!! Thank You
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sivousplay Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thank you very much
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sivousplay Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thank you very much
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AnalogEnvy Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is just wonderful. I just purchased this kit and I hope I can do as well as you. Good job!
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sivousplay Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks very much ... best of luck with her ... she's a very intriguing sculpt
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razzminis Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
WOOOOOOOOOOW the this piece just blow my mined, ser you just outdone your self :ahoy:
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sivousplay Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thanks ... she's one of my favorites ... very happy with a lot of new techniques that I used for the first time ever on this one (the water, the painting on her skirt, sculpting the lotus blossoms and lily pads) ... it all coulda went very bad. So, I'm glad it didn't :)
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Nala-l-Taiir Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Student General Artist
Fantastic *^*
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sivousplay Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thank you
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Nala-l-Taiir Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Student General Artist
Very welcome ^^ !
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DameOdessa Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sublim! :wow:
The water is just breathtaking! The tree is mesmerizing and the character is so marvelous! :love:
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sivousplay Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thank you SO much ... there was a lot of learning in this one which is always exciting (I'd never done anything like the water before and if it failed, the fountain/statue and tree would be stuck in a pile of resin goo). So, I am very pleased to have a new "special effects trick" in my book. :)
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claryfray12 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Student Photographer
I like it!!!! It's amazing :) mmmmm do you paint Tekken characters?????
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sivousplay Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks very much ... I have not painted any so far
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claryfray12 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Student Photographer
Oh ok!!! Butit would be amazing!! If you decide to paint someone could you please paint Alisa or Lili??
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Prue84 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
Ohh, it seemed to me like that Spawn angel.
It's an amazing sculpture.
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sivousplay Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thank you always for your kind words!
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keren-or Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That is mindblowing. Amazing.
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sivousplay Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thank you very much :)
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LittleNespa Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
very nice
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sivousplay Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thank you
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gregferrell Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is fantastic
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sivousplay Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thank you very much
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello :wave:
You have been featured in my weekly dA love for everyone! article.
Have a nice day :huggle:
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sivousplay Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thank you SO very much ... :hug:
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure :happybounce:
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Zhaanman Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Stunning design and style the Tree looks almost a real!!
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sivousplay Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thanks so much ... always nice to hear from you
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Zhaanman Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you as well!
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Travail-de-lame Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
:wow: This is wooonderful :clap:
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sivousplay Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thank you so very much
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KamillaM Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012
i really love the tree, it's so beautiful done and the patina on the wings is awesome done , another master piece of Your hands, bravo!!!
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sivousplay Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thank you so very much for the kind words ... it's very nice to hear from you again :hug:
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KamillaM Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
but offcourse, i'm Your watcher and thats what watchers do, isn't?
I'm very impressed by Your tree and is very nice to read how You made it, thanx for sharing!!!
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kyujinn Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
It'z beautiful!!!:)
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sivousplay Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thank you very much
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ogamitaicho Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow ! Another totally amazing work from you ! As soon as I saw the thumbnail, I was sure that it was one of your figure ! :#1:
Thank you so much also for sharing al the tips about how you created this magnificent base ! :w00t:
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sivousplay Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks Cyrille ... I'm really pleased that you like her and it's always my pleasure to try to help others and I tried in my small way to live up the awesome example you set w/ your very detailed WIPs.
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ogamitaicho Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're welcome bro ! :iconsecrethandshakeplz2:
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MiniatureMistress Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Very awesome! I'm wondering if I can make at tree the same way, but on a 28mm scale. I will have to try, thanks for explaining how you did it :D
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sivousplay Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much for the kind words. You definitely can use the technique for gaming scale ... with this tree being curved around the shrine, it's about 8-10 inches tall ... on a gaming scale, that'd only be a 40-50 ft tree which is a big tree, but not a ridiculously big tree. If you use smaller gauge wire and/or fewer wires, you can definitely create something that would look very realistic at a gaming scale. Good luck.
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