I just realized that I am probably moving too far ahead of myself since I don’t have a completed mannequin yet. I started making a promotional video this week, and I just applied for barcodes. Egads, it was awesome while I was filling out the application, but now that I am recapping I think I should have waited until I had a perfect product ready to roll out. Ugh! I also started looking into custom retail packaging options. I’m really excited and I believe that is what is fueling my need to get prepared and think ahead, but really I need to spend this week sculpting muscles. I’ve decided that having molds 3D printed is too expensive and troublesome, so I plan to individually sculpt the muscles myself and create my own molds. The skeleton has really turned out well and I really think I have a solid product – if I can get the muscles to work. I plan to sell four products to start with. First will be the complete muscled mannequin. The second will just be the skeleton. The third will be the unassembled mannequin that the consumer will have to assemble themselves. And the fourth will be the skeleton which will have to be assembled. I keep going back and forth on whether to try and take on manufacture and distribution myself, or if I should try to present the product to an established company and see how that pans out. I think I need to find someone with experience to give me some advice. In the meantime I’ll just keep working towards getting him completed. And I still need a name for this mannequin.

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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