DC Collectibles: A Look at Digital Sculpting
June 26, 2013

The gang over at DC Collectibles just sent us a link to their latest blog about digital sculpting.   It’s not just educational, but also gives us a first look at a new Lex Luthor figure that is coming in February of 2014:

ScreenHunter_35 Jun. 26 15.42For our look behind-the-scenes at DC Collectibles this week, we thought we’d give you a glimpse at the digital sculpting process, one of the several techniques available to us when we’re looking to sculpt a new statue, bust or action figure.

The first thing we do when digitally sculpting an action figure is to block in the essentials as quickly as possible. This is done by creating different low-res polygon proxy models that we’ll either replace or refine as the work progresses. Along with this, we’ll use simple geometry like spheres and cylinders to set up all of the figure’s articulation as it progresses. (And yes, we know. We hated geometry in high school as much as you did–but consider it proof that even the dryest subjects can be used for something really fun!)

Once the model has some definition to it, we use masks and textures to create the final surface and add the finishing touches. Most importantly, there is never a single technique when it comes to digital sculpting. We’re always exploring new ways of solving different artistic and technical challenges. This is fairly new technology and the rules are still being set. We haven’t even begun to scratch its creative surface.

Enjoy this exclusive, time-lapse video giving you a look at the digital sculpt of a brand new, not-yet-announced collectible–the DC Comics – The New 52 Lex Luthor (Armored) Deluxe Action Figure!

- See the time lapse video at: http://www.dccomics.com/blog/2013/06/26/dc-collectibles-a-look-at-digital-sculpting#sthash.waXuTJJs.dpuf

Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website www.ActionFigureInsider.com. Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on MSNBC.com, Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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