Ferdinand of Aragon, Conquerer of the Moors - 1487

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Time for me to get back to sculpting, one will be a Chinese General of around 1500 but first is Ferdinand of Aragon. I found this book at Euro and like the figure on the cover.

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He is the only portrait I can find of him, as you can see he is a little on the chubby side:
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To give me a bit of a head start I have decided to use an one of my existing ECW busts as the base for this one.


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The actual one I am using is a mis-casting whoch would otherwise be thrown away.

The first task will be to remove all of the details.
 
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Peter,
Will follow this along, I am always jealous of you guys that can sculpt.
 
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A little progress today - bulked out the face and added the basics of his chain.
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The face needs some more work, especially adding his second chin - makes a change to sculpt a slightly overweight face.

To remove the detaila from the donor bust I used a belt sander with a vacuum hose attached to suc up all of the dust, as well as using a face mask.
 

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Peter
Good to see you throwing the clay around again. Watching with interest.

John
 

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Nice subject Peter.
Will grab a pew and watch along with thr gang.Watching with interest.
Richard
 

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Wonderful detailing Peter. Its certainly heading in the right direction. Which one are you enjoying the most - this one or Lawrence??
 
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Thanks for the compliments Steve.

This is definatly the one I prefer. getting a likeness can be hard work, and all of the folds in the headdress of Lawrence is starting to drive me mad!
 
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If any ody has been wondering whathas happened to this bust, I ran into a little dely in removing it form the molding rubber - I had to order a new cutting blade.

Here is the finished casting.
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Next will be priming and painting. It should be fun. Having a number of different materials and textures: flesh (obviously), felt hat, chainmail, steel, rich velvety cloth with embroidered pattern and the fur collar.
 

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Hi Peter
Well I missed this - sorry. End result looks good to me. You've caught the guy's chubby character. Look forward to the painting.
Jim
 
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Here is the bust with the acrylic undercoat applied:

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The next step will be applying the oil to add depth of colour as well as highlights and shading.
 
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Here is the first application of oil paints:

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I have worked the red, both some highlights and a deepening of the shadows. The main work has been the face ,blocking in the main areas of the face, a little bit of the hair just to put the face into the 'context' of the hair colour.
 

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When I was at a model show a figure painter told me how he had a specially designed heating compartment which he put his figures in once oiled and it was dry in an hour or so. I couldn't risk it myself in case I melted the model:smiling5:
 
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Sounds a nice idea, but like you I woud be concerned if the figures are plastic. i have used a hairdrier on occasion, but the trusty airing cupboard works. At some point I'll check out the WWW to see if there are any build plans on-line for one, I recall years ago reading that somebody made one using a light bulb as the heat source, probab;y find that modern bulbs don't give off enough heat.

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