Mondale's Henchman
   MAKING THE STATUE

PAGE ONE: THE MAKING OF MONDALE'S HENCHMAN, A PHOTO JOURNAL.


Two close up images side by side of roughly sculpted miniature faces of Benny 'The Jet' Urquidez as Mondale's Henchman
Using Padico's LaDoll series Premier stone clay, the basic head and features are sculpted and as it dries, I add and mold the clay to get the expression I'm after.
Two close up images side by side of the miniature refined sculpted head of Mondale's Henchman with pronounced facial details and stand-in hair and aluminum wire armature with styrofoam
I use modeling clay for temp. hair to check the facial proportions. Once that is ok, I build a styrofoam coated aluminum armature with wooden connectors at the shoulders, hips and ankles.
Three medium close up images side by side by side of the miniature statue full body in a styrofoam constructed torso and limbs with stone clay head without hair
The styrofoam blocks are carved to get the overall shape and proportions. Hands and feet are added. The lightweight armature can even stand on its own.
Three images side by side by side of miniature statue full body in clay posing with detailed facial expression and temporary hair sculpted in modeling clay
The entire body is coated in stone clay. Neckline is seamless. I continue tweaking the facial expression and finish sculpting the hands that are last to be attached.
Three images side by side by side in full body of miniature statue with khaki pants and shirtless
The statue's overall shape and proportions are refined and ready for clothing. Pants are constructed following the pattern of dress pants. The fabric is not the shade of off white I wanted, but after a week of scrounging the fabric shops I give up and settle for this shade of khaki...
Three images side by side by side in a medium close up of the statue standing shirtness with peach color flesh paint and blue sleeves only with white cuffs in a work in progress
I'm determined to lighten the pants with bleach or fabric paints. I ran into another problem finding fine fabric and the shade of blue for his shirt. At this scale, sometimes I have to sand the fabric just to get the correct fineness. I get my blue by dyeing fine fabric. I think it turned out, but I'm sure that fabric is somewhere out there.
Two images side by side in a medium close up to show the accessories of pants suspenders, cufflinks and a blowtie in front and rear view
I remember the crinkles on the inner elbows being really difficult to get it looking natural. It took some time before I could move on to the bowtie, suspenders and cufflinks. The suspender clips were a PAIN!
Two images side by side in a close up to show the leather shoes which were made with vinyl and acrylic paint and new off-white pants
The dress shoes took a couple of tries to make. Vinyl, egg shell white acrylic paint and lots of polishing to get that weathered leather look. I tried to bleach the pants but it turned out blotchy, but I was lucky to come across some off white fabric for the pants and made a new pair.
Two medium close up images side by side of the miniature statue with aluminum wire wrapped above forehead for hair styling
The hair piece required some brain surgery... I removed the top portion of his head above the forehead and hollowed it out like a bowl. Made an opening like a coin slot which will be the parting in his hair. The fine doll hair is fed through slot in bunches and then trimmed and held in place with aluminum soft wire.
Two close up images side by side of the miniature statue with the left showing aluminum wire wrapped around its head for purpose of styling the hair and the other extreme closeup image shows face fully painted with hair styled and some brusining on one eye and mouth corner
At least three attempts to get the correct length and styling of his hair. The bowtie was fabric painted to match the correct shade. Finished the hair styling and face paints along with damage effects. Something bugs me...

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STATUES


Don't hesitate to email me at martengo or via if you have any questions regarding my Mondale's Henchman PD statue or work process. Especially if you are following these steps as a guide to making your own statue.

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