Welcome to the first of several blog entries showing the process of how I constructed an animation maquette for my friend and fellow Simpson-ite, Erick Tran.
First Erick gave me a copy of the character sketch of the two guys standing on a little stand with a simple setting on it. I thought it would make a great piece! I looked for challenges right off the bat. The curl in the chunky one's lips would be hard to pull off in 3D, plus the tall one has really skinny legs! Cool! Just makes the puzzle cooler to figure out!
I made a copy of the model sheet, enlarging it so it would be about the same size that Erick and I had decided it should be. If you do this, it's easy to line things up and scale parts of the sculpt so that everything works to look like the actual drawing.
Then I traced around their bodies and drew a rough sketch of what the armature would have to be and where the sculpey skeleton would be placed in the armature to make the doll.
Here are the armatures dolls before baking.
See you in two weeks!