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Sneyd Mermaid Statue Part 3: Tail Revisions

After talking with Doug, I lengthened her tail and slimmed it in the hips and rear area. You’ll see in the photos a bit of an evolution in that once I made the adjustments, I decided to give her tail somewhat of a feminine legs crossed look or at least the illusion of that.  It gives some variation and a more vibrant, dynamic feel to the tail. I also gave it a nice flip at the end.  Once I started in on the changes as per Doug’s input, I immediately saw the improvement and once I sent the photos to him, he was very happy with the result.

–CSM

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Posted by on July 8, 2011 in Sneyd Mermaid Statue

 

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Sneyd Mermaid Statue Part Two: The Torso

At this point, I felt the most important aspect of the sculpture was to capture Doug’s approach to Chlorine’s torso.  I worked in the body and more or less finished out the surface to give Doug a good idea of the direction I was going.  I studied Doug’s work and did my best to sculpt breasts that he would feel captured that “Sneyd” aesthetic.

I wasn’t too worried about her tail yet, although I did want it to show a nice shape and realistic weight to her lower body–as if she really were sitting on a rock.  At the same time, I was going to work on finishing the tail soon, so I was hoping for some feedback and I needed to have enough there so that Doug could comment…and he did.  While he liked the body and commented very favorably on that, he explained that the tail was too thick at the hips and too short to work well with the look of Chlorine’s upper body and for the overall composition.

In the next installment I will discuss the work on Chlorine’s tail.

–CSM

 
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Posted by on July 3, 2011 in Sneyd Mermaid Statue

 

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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!  🙂

– CSM

  

 

 
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Posted by on June 30, 2011 in Sneyd Mermaid Statue

 

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