I have most of the left side parts finished, baked, and sanded. I baked the rib cage, pelvis, and skull today. The silicone and resin should arrive tomorrow afternoon, but I feel like I didn’t get enough silicone to make all the molds. I’m starting to think I may need two more gallons, which is close to $400. So for now I’ll make what I can with the gallon that should arrive tomorrow and order more silicone next month when I have more funds.

It’s at this point when I start to question my art projects. This one has started to get expensive. My original plan was to make molds of all the parts so that I could then mass produce the parts to make more very cheaply. The initial cost is always high so that future costs will be low. Sounds good, but then there’s always the thought, “What if the final product turns out bad?” It could. It might. But there’s also the possibility that it will turn out really good. I don’t know. The thought of making muscles at this point seems intimidating. I’m hoping I still have motivation when I get to that point. I really want to see this figure finished, not just so I can possibly market it, but mainly so I can have a nice artist mannequin for my own use.

By Cody Deegan

Cody Deegan is a life-long artist versed in drawing, painting, sculpting, and design. He studied filmmaking and character animation at the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles as well as figurative oil painting at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle.

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