Well. the scultures that i'm producing are actually digital made (zbrush) and 3d printed, before going to be painted with traditional tool, I think people know that, but the common idea is that a 3d printer gives you a ready model to be painted and that's not exact, as you can see on the first photo the model is printed splited in parts, you have to prepare the file first, make some parts like clothes bolder in order to have a strong printable structure, and of course split, which includes created knobs/pegs and holes where the parts will be fit, there's some reasons because I do this, 1- it allows you to paint it more easily since is easier to reach inner areas with the brushes, 2- it allows you to make bigger prints, and 3- it helps to posicionate better the pieces to generate less support structures that will be printed.. you see those extra parts/columns behind the pieces?. that's what the printer use to print areas that are like "flying", the support structures. after remove these you must polish the areas where it was joint with sandpaper and lot of patience, the preparation from the 3d printer product to having the pieces ready for paiting take a whole day usually, making the whole process of create a sculpture liek this
between 10 to 20 hours for 3d sculpting and digital painting, (that give you a good file for posing and create renders, like the models I posted here). some people don't want a sculture, this is like the first part of the job and sometimes it's all, it have a separated price.
in case the customers want a sculpture, it require around 3 to 5 hours to prepare the file before 3d print it, (split and creating the joints/pegs/holes).. then, leave the 3d printer to work between 15 to 25 hours.. (yes, 3d printing is slow, and i have a good printer, a expensive one, but the technology is just not that advanced yet like people believe.), after that, and in case the print didn't failed you will receive something like the first photo, (you will face problems around 20% of the time, for many reasons, bad posicioning on the printing bed, incorrect temp, a structure support that didn't came like you expect, or even run out of plastic filament...)
then the remove support / polish part start, also you will find that some parts are not printed like you expect, so we use some kind of clay (don't know the name on english but is what people use to repair crashed car deformation before repair the paiting again) and then lot of sandpaper.. leaving the model ready for painting can take around 8 hours (which is a work day), ..once with a enought smooth surface we proceed to paint it, air brush, traditional brushes and acrilic painting the painting job takes 2 days extra usually
But the result is very cool.. i'm really proud of all the models i did (i didn't showed some of the ones I already did because i want to surprise people and make auctions for those), i think theese figures looks better than the regular ones produced with more traditional sculpting process, that's perhaps the advantage that this method have, I guess is analog to draw with drawing tablets, you still need the talent and the patience, but the digital media helps you to correct things easily and well, and the 3d printer do a precise job that in regular situations will require a sculptor with surgeon hands. is not faster, is not easy, but it gives you better results.
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06 Oct 2016 07:30 CEST
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