Art Manikin Challenge Winners!

www.ArtManikinChallenge.com
Votes are in and we have a winner!! Of the four finalists we selected, over 250 votes came in and emerging triumphant was Carina Salchegger’s green-friendly dragon. You can see more of her work on: www.neophobica.com. I personally loved this one too.. especially how well executed the drawing was and how it truly took advantage of all the 3-Dimensional reference the dragon armature provided. So a tip of the hat to Carina for doing such a great job and yet designing such a clever and original creature around it.

This was one of the most difficult contests to jury because so many entries were so strong. But in the end we had to pick these great works by our runner-ups:

Diego Florio @diegoflorioarte
Rachel Willis
Rosemary Fung – http://witbik.tumblr.com/

I encourage you to visit each of their websites and see some of their other great artworks. It’s always a breath of fresh air every month to have an opportunity to engage with such amazing artists.

Thank you all for participating!!!
And don’t forget we do these EVERY MONTH!

Them for November is already up on:
www.ArtManikinChallenge.com

Note to winners: You should get a coupon code with your prize in the next 48 hours. If you don’t please message me here on facebook.

Cool Custom Armature

Just finished building this cool custom armature for a customer.  I always love seeing the cool stuff people come up with when using our “build it” page.

If you don’t know where this is, simply click here and select whether you want to build armatures at the 1/6 or 1/12 scale.  The one featured here is 1/12 and uses all ivory plastic pieces.

 

New version of Rider is HERE!

HEAR HEAR!
The new 2017.7 version of Rider is now available!
And if anyone is interested in the legacy ivory version it’s still on Amazon for the time being (until listing is updated):
Also.. when building your own 1:12 scale bipeds you have the option of selecting from the wooden or ivory materials. Even mix and match if you so desire.
Up next the props will be split apart into their respective 1:12 and 1:6 build it pages. That way you can get swords, poles and axes (and future props) scaled for Rider.
It’s incredible to have an exact replica of Ranger at the 1/12 scale. The hands being considerably larger is the only difference. And the toes having magnets that allow for tip-toe balancing. But the fact that all five articulated fingers with opposable thumbs are working at that scale is incredible.
More exciting news up ahead, including the A9-Dragon at that scale. Whoot!!
I’m so excited for the A9 series continuing to grow from here and how you’ll be able to pair it with pieces from A10 to pick and choose between articulation and surface detail. SWEET!!!

A10-Ballerina Update

Production underway

Hello A10-Ballerina supporters!

I’m happy to report production is underway and looking lovely. Here are some pictures featuring one of the ballerina variant torsos and a number of hand and foot variants already completed.

Once I have photos and video of the two completed ballerina age groups I’ll be sending everyone  a survey so you can descide which of the two you prefer to receive and where we should ship them.

There have been a number of challenges I’ve had to overcome to get to where things are today. The injection molding of course was the largest hurdle but thankfully that has stabilized.  Resin was another challenge to be able to produce brown pieces instead of the black ones you saw in the earlier injection molding examples.

Unfortunately I’m dealing with a new challenge this month which is our supplier is out of stock of the material we need to produce the brown plastic components and assures us they will have new inventory some time in August.    I’ve run completely dry of the material myself with all the experiments and trials I’ve been running over the last couple months and so until I can get a new delivery there are a number of components I simply won’t be able to manufacture.

What this means is that delivery of  your ballerinas may be delayed by one month (September instead of August).

I’m keeping an eye on it though and will be ordering resin as soon as it’s available again.  For now I’m focusing primarily on all the wooden components and will work on getting those out of the way.

thank you all for your patience and for your support of this project.

I’m thrilled with how things are turning out.

best wishes

Paul