According the 3rd raptor will be covered by latex skin for head, paws, legs, tail and part of torso. The question is how to cover these pieces of skins on to each parts and keep each parts of silhouette. For me, the quick way is “draping”,“draping” is to place, cover or hang cloth or other fabric so as to surround, into graceful folds, attractive lines etc, and is a useful method/conception when you making some craft things.
Generally the process is:
You can sculpt the small model first, or you already have the model which is you want to enlarge the size. And use small plastic sheets, tapes, or cling wrap to cover the model, and tape paste around the plastic sheets or cling wrap. Draw the cutting line, and use the blade to separate all the patterns. Lay the pattern’s size out to what you need.And cut the foam then glue together. The final step is to cover the material what you want.
This time, I lay the muslin on to the ABS head frame, so the cutting line will follow the ABS path.
At this moment, you can think about how many pieces of patterns to build this head.
Because this is a symmetrical shape, so I will set the center line at middle of the head. Right now you have left and right side can do draping, but chose one side to drape that is fine.
And draw the line on to muslin.
And flat your pieces of muslin patterns on the table, using ruler and curve ruler to truing patterns.
And copy/transfer your patterns to brown paper or any hard paper.
And match each cutting line, re-truing again, mark notches on to patterns.
Cut the patterns down. prepared for cutting EVA(clothed cell foam)
And put your paper patterns on to EVA, draw the out line including notches.
This is important time when you using blade to cut your foam. You have to think about the cutting angle for each patterns edge, because the thickness of the foam is there. If there is a seam went through a flat surface, so the cutting angle will be straight/right angle to keep the surface flat. If there is a seam went through a protruding surface, so the cutting angle will be narrow angle to keep the protruding angle. This cutting angle I used to create the cheek bone and eye bone silhouette.
We used Barge to glue all EVA patterns together. Before you pasting together, keep the surface clean which will be glued, and use a small brush, which is fitted the foam width(this time used 1/2″) or chopsticks brush a thin layer of glue on to the seam, which means cutting surface, both two sides for one seam.
And let the glue dried until there is no watering luster on the glue. This moment is the glue of viscosity is the most stronger. So you can put your two pieces of EVA patterns together immediately.
If you want to have a flat or smooth finished surface, you need to do the paste movement on a table or somewhere has flat surface to do this thing. Do as possible as you can avoid to hands hold to paste on.
The picture is showing the top of head was pasting.
The upper head and jaw.
This is the process we applied the “draping” skill to create the head foundation. And there are more process need to do after built a foundation. We are still working on how to connect all limbs and head, and a lot of sculpting to do. Have fun!!