"If I had a nickel for every comatose patient in here, well, I’d have fifteen cents, but that’s beside the point."
~Henry "Hank" McCoy
So some of you may know my partner in crime Weasley Shapp of figure realm. He is the "Max Force" to my "Hit Man". I do most of my work Solo. I'm a long wolf baby...but every now and then...It's gets lonely out their in the concept foot hills. So Shapp and me talk every now and then. I have found getting another person in the mix brings out the best and helps root through the worst.
It started with something I was supposed to draw for him for another person on the realm to make. A awesome customizer named Shinigami. I actually featured him here on the Custom Spotlight. Which will be making a come back soon, I promise. Any time I was unsure of a direction I was going or a concept idea I would run it by Shapp. So this time we where brainstorming on a DD design he wanted for shinigami to make.
Needless to say I was committed to making this at this time!
But that's a story for another day...At the end of the day Shapp is my sounding board. And we work together on ideas for figure and concept stuff. Well, a half a year ago I think, I needed some extra beast feet ( for a custom) and he needed a set of Sasquatch feet. I had them he had those bing , bang boom. we started talking about what who was doing with what. I was making a concept venom. he wanted to make a concept beast. And pretty soon we where coming up with ideas about what the base should be? soon he was hunting down a parasite torso, and I was taking apart my Sasquatch and many other things to make this monstrosity run!
As I said, it started with a parasite DCU torso
So the next step was shortening the Sasquatch furry shins. I needed to keep the peg resepticle intact as well as the ankle joint rocker. I also as you can see in the photo cut them intentionaly at an angle. We wanted him to have a ape like stance.
I really like the look of this build. Its a good build. lots of possibility, Good stability when posing. Espeshily after fixing the feet. I still need to sculpt some blending fur details but all in all we wanted this beast to be REALLY hairy at his extremities and short haired closer into his body like an ape. I am playing with the idea of making this again and flocking it! I love flocking....Also adding long craft hair to the long hair parts :] all for another time.
In the end the beast feet where wider and shorter and that fit the bill. But this squatting test was really what did it for me. It sold the beast feet.
You can see above I really hollowed out the insides of these ankles. I really lets the feet flex more.
So at some point I was trying to explain the direction I wanted to go to Shapp. He has a very clear vision. It involved the Cat head on beast, and a very opply disproportionate body not normally seen on beast. The discusion for me shifted to ape like with the cat features mixed in. Then to explain how I really wanted him to look I searched for the perfect pic. I wish I knew where this concept photo came from so i could credit them but it had no credit :/ If anyone knows who it is please let me know cause its a realy cool idea of beast and I would love to see more of their stuff! but it really summed up the direction body wise i was heading and Shapp loved it so we ran. The long arms and short legs. and the side toes. ( yes he is getting toes added to the side of his feet like thumbs)
But I really want this face to feel ape like. It will get four large ape fangs and I will maybe trim down the crazy brow ridge thing a little and sculpt some kinda head.