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Santa Clarita, California, United States
Jonathan Payne is a freelance artist residing in Santa Clarita, California. His sculptures and paintings focus primarily on creature and character design . He has studied under Jordu Schell (Men In Black, Edward Scissorhands, Avatar), concept sculptor Simon Lee and fine art sculptor John Brown. He prefers to sculpt in oil, polymer and WED clays. Recently he has become consumed with creating an original line of tumorous balls of flesh known as the Fleshlettes. In addition to his macabre "babies" he also enjoys composing fine art sculptures depicting both wildlife and the human form. Jonathan is available for hire as a freelance artist and for individual commissions.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Feb Zbrush challenge (WIP - Milt Kahl study) "Merlin"

Here is my almost complete but still in progress Merlin sculpture for Feburary's Zbrush challenge. This month was a free-theme. I have been wanting to try my hand at a Milt Kahl character in Zbrush. In the decision making stage it was a close heat between Roger from "101 Dalmatians" (love his profile!) and Merlin from "Sword In The Stone".

In the end Merlin won out due to him being a more likable character. Here is my 85% complete sculpt. Since the due date was pushed back I am hoping to add his hands and, if time permits, polypaint him.

The primary reference image. Note how my bust does not have lovely posing in the original sketch due to time constraints. When my sculpture is viewed against the original sketch it suddenly seems very stiff and lifeless compared to the masterwork of Kahl. I think it's more valuable to see the comparison than guard my pride :) :

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