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I met this gentleman in Utah around 1973 when I was hitch hiking back from South Dakota. He called himself Hobo Joe, and claimed to be the last of the hard core rail ridders (or something to that effect). He was trying his hand at hitch hiking because (he said) the rails were "becoming unreliable". We hitched rides together for 3 days and parted ways in Eurika. He said he had "business" up in Oregon.
The first morning we met he offered me some doughnuts. After biting in to one of the cake doughnuts and discovering that it was staled I asked.
"How long you had these doughnuts in your suitecase?"
"Well, no, ya see,,,, these donuts is fresh,,,, I just got em out the dumpster this morning."
Not wishing to appear ungrateful or upity, I finished the doughnut, but declined another, as well as a sip from a bottle he pulled from his coat pocket and claimed with a wink; "My medicine".
The image above is the sculpty and resin prototype. It is preped and ready for throwing a mold. I thought since some people expressed a little curiousity about my figure making process I would use Joe as an example of not only how I get detail, but how I prep the figure for the mold.
You will notice that in addition to the Sculpty theres a lot of paint on him.
I noticed something about paint that is left standing around too long. Sediments start to form at the bottom of the jar, and this sediments are great for adding finer details.
Here you see the fin I add to the back of the figure to help with parting.
This is to assure that the parting line will follow what appears to be a seam in the garment.
You can also see the red clay I use at the bottom of the cardstock cylinder I make for the mold enclosure.
It is fixed to some 1/8" styrene scrap.