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Quasi by Kaduflyer Quasi by Kaduflyer
As iconic as Boris Karloff's Frankenstein's monster, Charles Laughton's 1939 make up and portrayal of The Hunchback of Notre Dame has become THE accepted version of poor old Qusimodo and so was the natural one for me to base my own, somewhat comic, version on.

This was made very quickly(about a week from start to finish) for a movie exhibition at the Cineaqua Muveum in Paris where it will be on permanent display from the 1st of June...it's right in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, so if you're in the area and a bit bored go check it out!!

This is made from silicone over a fibre glass base with glass eyes (which I didn't make) and real hair.....he's 'life' size.
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From suggestor: "At first Quasi by *Kaduflyer appears a bit comical...the character, but when you look closer, you just get so enveloped in the details. Something about the ability to accurately craft human skin tone, and texture always fascinates me." The lankness of the hair, the shaven quality of the skin along with the skin and even vein details is incredibly life like and painstakingly created. ( Suggested by jacamat and Featured by Thebuild )
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monstre210 Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
really brillant! I should try to do a 3 d version of him! he remember me my brother! ^^ 
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Greg-Lamont Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014   Traditional Artist
awsome, and quick work too, from sculpt to finish mould. very impressed
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Kaduflyer Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thank you
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audreyswarz Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014
I just LOVE all your wonderful pieces but this Quasi is incredible.  I have always wanted to work in silicone.  I now sculpt in polymer clay but it lacks the realism that silicone has.  I sure would appreciate any suggestions you can give to me or maybe a website with more info on working with silicone.  Thank you so much. 

Audrey
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Kaduflyer Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Professional Filmographer
The process for making silicone heads like this one is fairly simple but requires multiple materials and a working space where you can get a bit dirty (as in messy ...not rude...lol).

I do all my larger sculpts in water clay, it's cheap, easy to source and is still the best sculpting material available (in my opinion). Once the sculpt is finished I mould it in either plaster or fibre glass. For someone like yourself I would recommend plaster as fibre glass is expensive, toxic and extremely messy. For a head like Quasi a simple two piece mould is all you need.
once the plaster has set open the mould and clean out the clay. The silicone I use is a translucent Tinsil two part compound that can be coloured with artists oil colours. I tint a batch of this the basic skin tone I want and paint in a thin layer into the mould to pick up all the detail. When this thin layer has gone off I back it up with a thicker layer of the same colour batch of silicone thickened with a special thixotropic agent that you can get from the same supplier as you'd get your silicone.
once the silicone has fully cured (24 hours) you'll need to back it up with some kind of rigid core (otherwise your silicone head will be all floppy and won't hold it's shape). For this I mostly use a polyurethane foam but you could just as easily use the same plaster as you moulded it with (though this makes the finished piece very heavy).
Once your core material has set you can open the mould and there is your base head now in silicone. To paint this you'll need to get some translucent silicone caulking (available from any hardware shop.....it's basically bathroom sealant), thin this down with white spirit to about the consistency of milk and then use this as your paint base. Using artists oil paints again, mixed with the paint base you can then paint your head using either hand brushes or an airbrush (I always use a combination of both).
i realise this probably all sounds very complicated but Google searches will turn up all manner of tips and tutorials on moulding, materials and techniques. If you are on Facebook I would highly recommend joining the group Neill Gortons Make Up Effects 911. This is a group with make up artists, both professional and hobbyist, from all over the world sharing tips and techniques, and answering and asking all manner of technical questions. It is also a massive resource of material advice, suppliers and stockists. If you need to find material suppliers in your part of the world, simply ask and someone from your neck of the woods will be able to recommend a supplier local to you.
if you want to try any of these techniques and have any specific questions feel free to drop me a note here and I will do my best to help.

have fun!
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audreyswarz Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
thank you so much or being so wonderful in giving me this information.  I really appreciate it so very much.   I know the time you spend on each creation and it is a labor of love as it shows!   I love the realism and one day I hope to take a deep breath and try this process.  If you are ever in Michigan please let me know!  Thank you so much for your kindness.
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Kaduflyer Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Professional Filmographer
You're very welcome.
:)
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Caberwood Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Beautiful! You have captured the essence of the tortured soul.How did you do that without actually having an eye line? You told me that sculpting with a designated eye line would distract from the sculpt.I find it really helps.Is it down to personal choice in the end?
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Kaduflyer Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Professional Filmographer
I will always maintain that a sculpture should work from any angle…that surely is the point of doing something in 360 degrees. However as humans we are drawn to faces, so if you watch people looking at sculptures of human (or near human) figures they always gravitate to the 'front'. With something like Quasi here, where all of his humanity/anguish/rage/despair is channeled through his one good eye it seems to pull you round until you find yourself automatically looking at him in such a way that you frame him like this…which is the most common shot you'll find of the Laughton version. I have other pictures of this at different angles but they leave you feeling uncomfortable, like you desperately want to try and peer around the edge of the photo to find that eye. 
If you look at most classical sculptures they are rarely focussed on their audience (I actually can't think of one example where they are to be honest), they look at other elements within the sculpture, gaze off into the distance or are introspective, caught within their own thoughts, a private moment which we naturally don't try and break. This allows us to enjoy the sculpture from all angles, without feeling we have to find the 'right' position to look at it.
As commercial artists we either don't have the practise or the skill to get the balance right. We are so used to making stuff that is SUPPOSED to engage with the audience that we find it almost impossible to break the habit in our personal work.
If you look at my two 'Lil-Divil' pieces you can see that in the painting she is looking 'straight down the lens' at us and this gives a feeling that she's aware of us peeking at her…like a deer that has caught sight of the hunter sneaking up on it and is in the moment before it flees. In the sculpture you can angle yourself to get the same feeling, but move slightly and her gaze goes up and over your head and so works from any angle that you look at her. Which probably makes it a more successful sculpture than Quasi here.

In the end it's not so much up to personal choice rather than how you intend the piece to be seen. If it's to be exhibited as a sculpture I would say you would be more successful giving it the unfocussed/off into the distance look. If it's for a photo then a more direct gaze is acceptable.

This is a long and rambling way of saying that I probably got it wrong with Quasi…but I got away with it because of the nature of the subject. I think I'm a good sculptor, but in reality I'm a rank amateur in comparison to those old geezers in the museums….but I'm learning!!
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Caberwood Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thanks so much for taking the time to write this Dave!It's really thought provoking.
I've never really meshed with the old "classical" sculptures.
Your right.They are distant,god-like,idealised.They don't look you in the eye.
I'm currently expanding on the whole "trophy head" thing I started with you and the Manticore.I'm intrigued to explore facial expressions/mythical beasts from that KILL 'EM,STUFF'EM,MOUNT 'EM approach.
Its fantastical that they would actually retain the expression just before death,but,what the hell..;)
Getting into the mind of what you sculpt is a fun thing to do.

BTW..In terms of art,we are ALL always learning.You are a solid influence and source of encouragement in my ongoing attempts. No one told me I was able to sculpt before.You rekindled that fire.

(ps..still really want to see that Innsmouth sculpt! Did you finish it or did it have to be shelved/chucked?)

"When you stare into the Abyss,the Abyss stares back at you.."
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Kaduflyer Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Professional Filmographer
The trophy head thing sounds fun…and the expression thing doesn't matter, taxidermists always put back the expression anyway.

As for you and sculpting? One of the real frustrations I've found since I started teaching was finding that the students with ability often lack the self confidence and those with enormous confidence and drive often lack the ability. I rue the fact that if I were a better teacher I'd be able to rectify that more than I do. You're a really, really good artist and your work (both 2D and 3D) has enormous personality and a sly wit….you just need to get out there and sell yourself better!

The Innsmouth piece was finished and run as a foam and now sit in a bag in my workroom at home. My original model has since left the country, but I'm going to try and put it on someone else when I get the chance…it's just finding the time.
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Caberwood Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Wow!
Thanks Dave.
Bit gob-smacked!
Being on the course was probably the only time that I felt I was among folk who understood where I was coming from.
Am working on the 3 Cs at the moment.Confidence,Courage and Contacts.
Don't sell yourself short!
You gave me ENORMOUS insight,help,chastisement,energy,encouragment and inspiration!(off the record,I thought Neill was a little distant,but then again,we did only have him for a day or two..)
Beefing up the portfolio is my mission this year and have a couple of other side projects to attend to,but will keep you posted as things develop!
Ps - bit cheeky I know,but if you are heading up anything which needs crew,I am happy to start at the very,very,very bottom...I am totally aware that I need the experience.

Once again,thanks for such kind and inspiring words.
Cheers!
Cal
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Kaduflyer Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Neill is a great artist and a simply brilliant make up artist (at his best he's one of THE best anywhere) but he's not much of a 'people person'. His 'distant' and slightly cold personality give him enormous 'presence' (you know when he enters a room!) which goes down well with clients as he oozes confidence and puts them at ease, but this same also makes him quite intimidating to more common folk. The truth, I think, is that he does have enormous heart and generosity but is one of those people that find it difficult to express it. It's a shame really because no one in this country has done more than him in passing on skills and techniques, encouraging others and being a total champion of our industry and the people within it, but because of his personality he gets scant credit for all this.

I think it unlikely that I'll ever head up a movie again, it's just not something I want to go back to. However I'm often approached about other work and know of a few projects that I might be involved with in the newer future. If I get the opportunity to recommend people for trainee or junior positions I will certainly and happily put your name forward. Just be ready to move at very short notice because these things usually come together very fast after sitting on the back burner for months!
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Caberwood Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Hi Dave! I totally agree with what you say about Neill! He really does fill the room with his presence and he's pretty tall as well.I'm totally in awe of the guy and his work! He was cracking jokes and was a bit more relaxed by the last day which was fun.It was really quite fascinating to see how you both differ in your approach to the work! (I mean that in a GOOD way BTW!)

Regarding any possible trainee/junior positions you may have - PLEASE SIGN ME UP!!
I have no real problems or commitments that can't be dropped at short notice and my work is pretty flexible as far as taking time off/away is concerned.I would whole-heartedly embrace the opportunity to enhance my skills and contacts in the Industry and would be so grateful for the chance!

Do you have my contact details should anything arise and if not,what is the best way to get them to you? (I don't think an open thread on DA is particulary secure..)

Many thanks once again!

Cal
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Kaduflyer Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Professional Filmographer
I'm here every day so it's actually not a bad way to contact me. Alternatively you can find me on Facebook or mail me at dbonneywell@aol.com
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Caberwood Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Love Love LOVE this Guy!!
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gokhanproject Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Excellent work.
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Kaduflyer Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thank you
:)
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farnea Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
outstanding
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Kaduflyer Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thank you
:)
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doppelgangerX Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
Stunning work Kaduflyer! A lot of people have played this character in films and a lot of people have designed their take on it but this is hands down the best version I've ever laid eyeballs on. I'm subscribed as of... now.
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Kaduflyer Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thank you for such high praise..I'm glad you like him so much.
:)
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IJS-Creations Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Professional
That's awesome! Love that ear hair! :D
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Kaduflyer Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I believe you can buy gizmos to get rid of that nowadays!
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IJS-Creations Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Professional
Yeah, but why bother... it's a sign of true manliness! Well, that and a pair of enlarged testicles, of course! :D
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Kaduflyer Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Lol...rumour has it he has those too!!
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IJS-Creations Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Professional
SWEET! Did you make 'em?!
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Kaduflyer Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Of course...I'm a perfectionist!
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IJS-Creations Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Professional
YES!:hooray:
Did you mold them after your own? ;)
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Kaduflyer Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Dude I KNOW how painful it is doing nude life casts...so NO I would never do my own!!!
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Pedro-Moretto Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
that's absurd!!!!! I'm amazed
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Kaduflyer Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thank you.....:)
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sasan-ghods Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Ammmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmazing
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Kaduflyer Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Professional Filmographer
:)...thank you
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Myronavitch Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
Incredibly freaky piece that would scare the hell out of my if I viewed it out of nowhere.
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Kaduflyer Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Awww...he's quite friendly!
:)
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Myronavitch Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
Okay, I guess, if you say so.
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Kaduflyer Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Professional Filmographer
For sure...he's just misunderstood!
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful work! :)
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Kaduflyer Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thank you.
:)
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome. :)
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BiBiARTs Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
wonderful work... send you a request of my group :iconsoulcollectors:
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Kaduflyer Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thank you so much...I am flattered!
:)
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BiBiARTs Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
always my pleasure :love:
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eigio Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
Wow, this is too real looking, such an amazing detail...I wouldn't want to have this sculpture in my home though XD.
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Kaduflyer Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Haha...no I guess he's not what everyone would want staring at them day in and day out!

Glad you like him though!
:)
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LeafyWildFlower Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
Wow, creepy. :XD:
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Kaduflyer Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Professional Filmographer
He has a good heart though.
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LeafyWildFlower Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
Yes :D
And that's what counts.
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Kaduflyer Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Professional Filmographer
:)
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