If you’ve ever watched any of the Studio Ghibli films created by the famed Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki, you may surely have been inspired. The films are full of exceptional visuals, inspiring characters, and meaningful values.
One such favorite film of mine is Castle in the Sky. Within this anime a boy and a girl embark on a magical adventure to discover an ancient civilization long forgotten, attempting to outrun their constant pursuers and looming threat of danger at every turn.
One of the great moments in the movie is when the duo encounter the Robot of Laputa. I really loved this character and thought it would make a great sculpture project. So the following gallery of images displays some of the process of this sculpt. I hope you enjoy!
The initial Sculpt Concept Sketch
First laying out rough shapes with clay to find the form and sizing desired for the sculpt
A simple wire armature has been created and mounted to a base of MDF board. Paper and metal foil were wrapped around the armature to provide initial shaping to the core. Polymer clay was then layered atop.
Front view of the early clay foundation over the wire armature
Here I have begun to wrap smaller gauge wire around the arm wires to support the weight of new clay to be added
A front view of the additional wire wrapping on armature
The arms have been sculpted over the armature and a layer of colored metallic dust applied to them
Here I removed the arms and connecting armature so they can be easily fired, painted, and to give them ability to rotate and pose on the finished sculpt.
Closer view of the sculpt with arms removed and other details added.
The sculpt has been baked and re assembled. You see discoloration on the chest area of the figure. This will be unnoticeable after painting.
Laputa Robot Sculpt