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WORK IN PROGRESS: Lady Death La Muerta Statue Part 3

At this point, I’m establishing the finished look to the body. Once I’m fairly comfortable with it, I’ll sculpt and add the head.  The head is key in establishing the feel of the character in the sculptor’s mind. I might have added the head earlier, but I become involved in getting the body where I want it and it’s hard to break away.  Even though it looks fairly finished out, I may still change things once the head is added.

Lady Death has a well known look and some artists make her more and less voluptuous than others.  I like the approach that Richard Ortiz used and it was consistent with my feel for the character, so I’m sculpting her with full, athletic hips and lower body and a strong back while maintaining the sensuality she’s known for.

I should mention here that the armature is coming out of her lower abdomen a bit.  This happens sometimes and doesn’t affect the piece.  I’ll sand that out and finish out that area after baking.


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Posted by on July 18, 2013 in Lady Death La Muerta


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WORK IN PROGRESS: Lady Death La Muerta Statue Part 2

As you can see, I’m building up the figure and starting to define the musculature. As is normal in the way I work, I don’t work on the arms until much later because they get in the way and sometimes I use the wire to stabilize my hands as I sculpt. If you click on each photo you can see the image larger.


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Posted by on July 6, 2013 in Lady Death La Muerta


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WORK IN PROGRESS: Lady Death La Muerta Statue

ImageWhen Brian Pulido and I decided to do another Lady Death project, I couldn’t have been happier.  Lady Death is one of the most well known female characters in independent comics and she’s always a terrific subject to sculpt.

I had seen some illustrations Richard Ortiz had done for Brian’s Coffin Comics and I was absolutely blown away by the look of the Lady Death La Muerta piece.  I thought this would make for an incredible look as a sculpture.

I wanted to have Lady Death in a pose that was regal and striking, reflecting the power and majesty of the character, so I sent Brian several pose ideas including the one shown below (5a), which he and I agreed was the one to do.  The pose idea (5a) is a 6” maquette which is used for a basic 360 view of the pose. La Muerta is a stunning, haunting look, so as you watch the piece develop, try to imagine her with the look you see above.

Since I wanted this to be a striking piece, I’m sculpting her very tall, which she would be in her heels. This piece is a full 13” tall in the original form, although it will reduce a bit in production.

We’re trying to finish the prototype for debut at Comic Con International: San Diego July 17 and it’s going to be close.  We may have only a resin casting or it may not be finished in time at all.  Hope you like her and you get a kick out of seeing her develop!





Posted by on July 4, 2013 in Lady Death La Muerta


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