Letterville Step By Step
By Robert Beverly
|This project was a fun one. We took the spin off of
the Clint Eastwood "Fistful of Dollars" and and converted it
to our prop for a sign show down here. The Cowboy measures 6'3" and
is sculpted from HDU. We designed a base from 36" steel plate and
welded an armature to the base and laminated the signfoam to the steel
So here we go!
now we have the body we start to give it form. I have been sculpting for
many many years and although I enjoy wood...the physical toll is not
near as bad in this 15lb HDU. It holds pretty good detail and is perfect
for outdoor use for it's exterior deteriation properties.
Here after taking a chainsaw after it to profile the figure...it is set on the table and ready for the chisels. My son came in one evening and when I was younger, I used to carve caricature cowboys around 12" high for extra money while attending college. His first response..."I never thought you would graduate to the big ones!"..and nor did I! This image shows detail showing up around the holster area that instead of a gun we are sculpting rolls of vinyl.
Ok...now that we have em standing up after a little sculpting we have got an appreciation of the form...now it's time for some detail!
Now we turn em around and give you a close up of the
detail around the holster area!
Where's the head??????
Using the same material we sculpted the head and stuck a rod of steel into his neck for placement into the body. This was we can turn his head anyway you want for maximum effect. He is havin a bad day!!!
Well here you go. We had about 40 photos of this
project from start to finish but I hope a brought you enough to give you
an appreciation of the project.
Having finished the sculpture, we created an entire prop from cedar logs with deck roof and all. The sign is a pan channel with chasing light bulbs and dimensional lettering against a mirror background. This picture does not do it any justice measuring 13' 6" in height but the design made it extremely easy for transporting around! He now resides in our inhouse sign gallery. OOPs forgot his sidekick pet vulture "KILROY"
Hope you enjoy!
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