Monthly Archives: June 2011

Sneyd Mermaid Statue: Introduction

Sneyd Mermaid Illustration

Doug Sneyd Mermaid Illustration

One of the greatest and most rewarding things about being in this business is having the opportunity to work with some of the best and most talented artists in the comics and cartooning world. I’ve admired Doug Sneyd’s cartoon art for as long as I can remember and when the chance came about to work with him, I was absolutely thrilled. At the same time, it’s daunting because Doug has that rare and indefinable ability to draw his women with both a deep and powerful sensuality and a genuine innocence that flows together and complements one another seemingly effortlessly. This is aside from the difficulty of capturing Doug’s approach to the faces of the girls he creates, which we’ll discuss later.

Working with Doug on this project has been as pleasant and positive as I could have imagined. Doug is helpful and instructive, and he’s been involved and interested in every aspect of the process from beginning to end. Doug is very generous in his approach to adjustments to the piece and he understands the difficulty of bringing his style to 3-D.  That has been key and as a result, we’ve worked closely to find the best solutions to those challenges.

First, The Body: Doug’s women have a softness and curviness that does not preclude their also being athletic and vivacious.  This applies to his mermaids as well as his human women. In approaching the figure, the first order of business was to capture those qualities in the body language and attitude of the mermaid’s body, which Doug has christened “Chlorine.” While Doug draws his women’s bust lines in a very recognizable way, at this point, they’re unnecessary. The key is to capture the arch of the back, the curve of her tail, and the attitude implied in Chlorine’s torso, and then to see what Doug thought of her so far. He had supplied that beautiful pencil sketch of the figure (above), but Doug agreed that it made good sense to also use the body of his work as reference in capturing that quintessential “Sneyd” body and attitude.

So here is Chlorine so far.  Don’t worry, she’ll have all the important body elements in the next update!  🙂




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Posted by on June 30, 2011 in Sneyd Mermaid Statue


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The Magdalena Statue: Introduction & Pose Mock-Up

The Magdalena isn’t just a great looking character with a very interesting, detailed costume.  She also has a well conceived, layered back story that is epic in its scope.  In sculpting this wonderful character, I wanted to design a pose that was more dramatic in approach than had been previously done in full statue form.  While researching the character I came across some beautiful designs by a number of talented artists, but one in particular caught my eye.  This was a painted piece that Joe Linsner had done some time ago.  What struck me most was that Joe had drawn her holding the swords in a Christian cross.  That image was so powerful and perfect for this character that I had to incorporate that image in this piece.

I took that basic element, the crossed swords, and worked up several poses in a 7” format. Each pose had its own merit, but one in particular stood out and that is the one you see here.  I posed the armature first (photo 1) and checked it from all angles to see how it worked in 360 degrees.  It’s not always necessary in the thumbnail stage to sculpt the costume, but in this case I went ahead and worked up the look of the costume to get an impression of the full effect the statue would have.  So here is what I came up with and Top Cow loved the look.  I hope you agree with the choices I’ve made and I look forward to continuing to update you on the progress.  Remember, this rough is just that — a rough — and it’s just a go by.  There will be some adjustments and modifications as I get into the sculpting of the full statue.  We’ll have the next stage ready to show you in a week or so.  Until then, take care and thanks for reading!

–Clayburn Moore


Posted by on June 12, 2011 in The Magdalena


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