CG Cookie. It’s a great company with wonderful people in Geneva, IL. What they do? They teach artists all across the world how to become masters at their art, be it of digital or traditional nature.
I was fortunate enough to create their section on traditional sculpting, and I had a blast doing it. Structuring the lessons, creating, filming and editing it to then see people drawing useful information from it was exceptionally rewarding.
At some point, I was asked by Wes, the founder, and CEO, to take their digital mascot, Baker, and bring him to life as a tactile sculpture. It may seem very easy to do this, but having a figurine that relies on a very smooth surface, you have to be very exact in the way you work and finish the surface.
It all comes down to the choice of material. The first impulse was to use polymer clay, bake and then sand it to a polished finish, but the task proved rather futile. The material did not want to behave the way I wanted it to, and since polymer clay and I have had a somewhat strained relationship, to put it mildly, I opted for Cx5 instead.
This material is so hard that an armature is not required, which also made the molding process a whole lot easier.
The finished piece stands 8.5″ (21.5 cm) tall.