And finally, here is the Maquette I created for character design class. This is the dreaded Octo-Dragon that I created for my friend Mary Kate Dangoia’s thesis project. I am doing the storyboards and character design for her 3D/stop motion film and created this model as a proto-type of our titular villain.
The process for creating the maquette was extremely fun. First you create turnarounds to figure out what the character will look like on all sides.
Next, you create a wire frame, which serves as the skeleton for the character.
Then you cover the wire frame with aluminum. This is essentially the first layer of “skin.”
After that, you add the sculpey clay, a little at a time. Then you bake it in the oven for 25 minutes.
And finally, when the sculpture cools, you sand it down and then spray it with primer. I used Rust-o-leum. And voila! The dreaded sea creature.