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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill (7 Dec. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823095223
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823095223
  • Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 1.5 x 27.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 278,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ruben Procopio is an acclaimed multi-talented veteran artist. He contributed to more than 25 Disney animated features, including The Little Mermaid, Beauty & the Beast and The Lion King. After more than 25 years with Disney, Ruben founded Masked Avenger Studios in 2003 to expand his sculpting, design and comic book illustration services. Zach Oat is the editor of TelevisionWithoutPity.com, a popular TV and movie criticism website and is a frequent contributor to geek news site ToplessRobot.com. He is the former editor of ToyFare magazine, a guide to toys, action figures and collectible statues. Tim Bruckner, one of the pioneers of the comics/fantasy toyfield, began his sculpting career at 18, as a jeweller's apprentice/wax carver. He has worked for companies such as Max Factor, Hallmark and DC Direct, where he designed and scultped the DC Dynamics statues.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr C Clark on 26 Dec. 2010
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About two years ago I discovered Super Sculpey and felt that sculpting was a new avenue I wanted to take in art, as I wanted to see my own characters I'd illustrated over the years come to life in 3D. Having knowledge of the anatomy and various skillsets evolving around traditional and digital art, I realised I knew absolutely nothing about sculpting or how to approach the subject properly. As pride got the better of me, I decided to buy the necessary tools and plunge straight into the deep end. My first few sculptures were an instant fail, as I did not know how to build an armature correctly or support it and I also used far too much clay, making my sculptures heavy and unstable. Although along with these mistakes came valuable experience and knowledge.
Well, it wasn't until I saw the front cover of Pop Sculpture that I knew that this was exactly the route I wanted to take my sculpting, and bring it to a whole new level. First off, this book is a bible for any artist who wants to get their hands dirty and see their 2D creations come to life in 3D. This book teaches you the fundamentals right from the beginning, showing you the tools for the job, how to make the right design choices for reference material and then getting straight into building the armature before adding the clay.
The second I opened the book, I found myself drawn into its beautifully printed photography, full colour pages and no nonesense approach. The artists in this book are top professionals, all with recognisable sculptures that have been reproduced and sold in collectors marketplaces. They talk you through the process, step by step without sounding pretentious or patronising and really make you feel that your new hobby can soon turn into a fun profession.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bob on 2 April 2012
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The book is great, and it really is a labour of love. I am a little disappointed though, as I bought it for the action figure side of things, not collectible statues. Though action figures are covered, it could have been done in a little more detail, and with more intricate examples of articulation. The figure covered is pretty basic with regards articulation, much more advanced figures exist on the market. The blurb on the front should really read 'How to create collectible statues with a bit about action figures'. Great book to have on the shelf though.
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As someone who has rather too many years under his belt dealing with mold making, comics and model making, I bought this book mainly as a curio.
I'm glad I did.
Its well written, nicely presented and illustrated with decent photos.
The basic structure of the read concerns how to create a static figurine and an action figure, from concept to painted master. These processes are covered with lots of colour progress photos and numerous tips and advice panels from various industry contributors.
Although it does go into most of the processes involved in making these figures, it did miss some of the more fiddly details a newcomer would encounter- the main one being removing the master from a mold. The book talks a lot about gating the sculpt for molding- and molding in general in silicone, but probably didn't explain enough about mold lock. It also didn't mention two part molding, which could have been insightful.

However, that being said, its not written purely as a technical manual but more a 'stages of' and as such it excels.
Some of the tips on sculpting were actually very useful- I wont go into them here as then you wouldn't need to buy the book (hah!) but the advice given is certainly very insightful. Its well thought through, and gives advice on setting up a workspace and even photography.
Id have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone who is interested in scaled figures, either as a collector or a budding sculptor.
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By Amazon Customer on 23 Dec. 2011
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If you do any sculpting or model building or want to start then this book is a MUST! Excellent information, really good price, detailed step-by-step prcesses and, though mainly US-based suppliers mentioned, many of the products are available globally. I would well recommend this for any creative library.
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