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05-27-2008, 03:15 PM
I want to order this. DH (darling husband) says I can have it for my B-day!! :D
Does anyone have it, or has anyone read it? would it be worth getting. I usually find with all my sculpting books, the same info can be found for free on the internet , just not all compiled in one place. There are a couple of others there that look like treasure to me too. (second link):wub:

here you can look through the pages

The book itself

05-27-2008, 03:49 PM
Sweet, thanks for the link. I just might pick it up too.

I don't think you need to worry too much about the content, since most of the reviews are either a 5 or a 4 (Mostly 5's).

Edit: Oops, didn't read carefully enough. I thought it was a book on teaching you how to build models.

05-27-2008, 09:17 PM
Ahh... that book.
I've planned to get that book a while ago. But after S/H the cost is about $40, so I pass.

Masa told me that you can find the things that is covered in the book on the web. Heavy Gauge's site is one of them. If you need a sculpting book. I recommend Katherine Dewey's book. It's AWESOME!!!


05-28-2008, 12:25 AM
I have the first book listed at top. It is "ok" and does show you how to get from step A to Z with materials like New Fando and Poly Putty. My only complaint is the method they use is kinda hard to grasp for beginners and that is the audience the book is geared for. You are almost guaranteed to make mistakes with the proportions, since they focus on building up parts - make a head, make a body, make some legs, etc.

I think websites like Heavy Gauge and Nekoban will show you more about the actual sculpting process and give better tips on how to get a pro finish. Like Midz mentioned, other books on anatomy and even those "how to draw manga" type books might be more helpful with proportions and details.

That second link is software btw. Haven't seen it yet, but sounds interesting.

05-28-2008, 10:33 PM
Yes, proportion is very important. I often reference site like moee.org (http://moee.org/) for anime proportions. Masa's suggestion on getting those 'how to draw manga' books is a sound one. I have some, and it helps me lots. Also you might want to search used copies of figure magazines like Replicant and Figure Maniacs. Scans of them are available if you know where to look ;)

I've found something interesting while browsing on nicovideo.
It's a DVD about sculpting GK. Much like the Plamo Tsukurou SP episodes, the difference is the material used in this video is sculpey grey (Firm Sculpey) and not Poly putty.

The DVD can be found here: http://www.amazon.co.jp/%E3%82%A6%E3%82%A8%E3%82%B9%E3%83%88%E3%82%B5%E3%8 2%A4%E3%83%89-%E6%A2%93%E9%9B%B6%E3%81%AE%E3%83%95%E3%82%A3%E3%8 2%AE%E3%83%A5%E3%82%A2%E5%8E%9F%E5%9E%8B%E8%A3%BD% E4%BD%9C%E8%AC%9B%E5%BA%A7/dp/B000UBYP1O/ref=pd_sim_b_title_2

The video is here (need a Nico Video account)
part 1/4

Part 2/4

Part 3/4

Part 4/4

06-06-2008, 07:37 PM
OK I got...

This One (http://www.amazon.co.jp/%E9%AD%94%E6%94%B9%E9%80%A0%E3%81%B8%E3%81%AE%E6%8 B%9B%E5%BE%85-~%E7%BE%8E%E5%B0%91%E5%A5%B3%E3%83%95%E3%82%A3%E3% 82%AE%E3%83%A5%E3%82%A2%E6%94%B9%E9%80%A0%E8%AC%9B %E5%BA%A7~-D%E3%82%BB%E3%83%AC%E3%82%AF%E3%82%B7%E3%83%A7%E3% 83%B3-%E8%A3%B8%E6%97%8F/dp/4840232989/ref=pd_bxgy_b_img_a)

And This One (http://www.amazon.co.jp/%E3%81%8B%E3%82%8F%E3%81%84%E3%81%84%E5%A5%B3%E3%8 1%AE%E5%AD%90%E3%83%95%E3%82%A3%E3%82%AE%E3%83%A5% E3%82%A2%E3%82%92%E4%BD%9C%E3%82%8D%E3%81%86-%E2%80%95%E3%83%95%E3%83%AB%E3%82%B9%E3%82%AF%E3%8 3%A9%E3%83%83%E3%83%81%E3%81%A7%E4%BD%9C%E6%88%90% E3%81%99%E3%82%8B%E3%82%AA%E3%83%AA%E3%82%B8%E3%83 %8A%E3%83%AB%E3%83%95%E3%82%A3%E3%82%AE%E3%83%A5%E 3%82%A2-%E3%81%84%E3%82%8F%E3%81%9F/dp/4798012130/ref=pd_bxgy_b_img_b)

For My B-day.... They arrived within two days ..like Whoa.
The first one is a kit bash.. they take the kit of the girl in the maid outfit and make her the naked cat girl. It is very detailed, step by step, Love it!!

The second one, shows step by step the sculpting process all the way through the casting and painting of the finished resin kit. No it doesn't seem to cover proportions.. which are very very important, but this is fine for me as I've been sculpting for 9 years.. I may be a n00b, but not a total n00b :devil:

So Far I LOVE them both!!

Midz I have Katherine Dewey's book.. Love it. I have had that one a long time.. Another I love is by Mark Dennis (Got that one for my b-day last year)
See it here! (http://www.amazon.com/Human-Figure-Clay-Figur/dp/1424309891/ref=pd_bbs_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1212795128&sr=8-1)

06-06-2008, 07:53 PM
Oh and LOVE the video's!!!! LOL I managed to muddle through the registration lol I think I'm from Hokkaido HAHAHA I have to learn Japanese sheesh.

06-06-2008, 09:13 PM
not a book, but this is a great how to on youtube. its 9 parts. ive watched about half of em so far.


06-07-2008, 02:41 AM
I watched several of those Ari... There is a full team working on that, and tools I could only dream of owning (a lathe for instance) lol... maybe all of us sculptors should team up and see what kind of awsome kit we can make ;)

06-10-2008, 11:34 PM
agree! We should make one exclusive kit for the GKJ store. Hey I'm always open for that :)

Glad to hear you enjoyed those books and videos. Although its late, I'd wish you a happy birtday Gori!

That Mark Dennis book looks so delicious! Thanks for the heads up on that.

07-27-2008, 10:16 PM
Just picked up a few dvds today.

The first one is the Kotobukiya/Ni-0 how-to video from the Plamo-tsukurou tv series on Fuji tv's cable/satellite network.


Second, is the dvd box set of the Pro-modeler competition from the TV Champion series. This set includes some amazing works from Yamada Takuji as well as some foreign modelers like David Fisher and Joc Tejapaibul (of Church of the Machine fame).


Last but not least, I picked this up just out of sheer curiosity - a PC-DVD that shows how to build a girl figure :hmm:


As for any reviews, they will have to wait until I finish moving my family into a new house. Trying to get everything done before school starts back up for the kids :sweat:

07-27-2008, 11:38 PM
Hey Masa,

Could you throw some clips up to Youtube?

07-29-2008, 07:55 AM
The Plamo Tsukurou and the last DVD in masa's list is already on YouTube. Well the girl figure making DVD is on nicovideo. I did post a link to it somewhere in this forum.

The second DVD intrigue me so... That looks interesting. TV champion pro modeler competition? what a treat!

07-31-2008, 03:08 AM
I'm not planning to spend umpteen hours editing and uploading video onto YouTube... but I will see what I can do about getting you guys some clips directly. I can't promise anything timely since I'm busy with moving and stuff, but as soon as things get settled I will try and get some clips at least.

08-01-2008, 12:30 AM
No worries. Moving does take a lot of time and energy. Thanks for what ever you can spare.

The Machine Boy
08-08-2008, 12:14 AM
Masa told me that you can find the things that is covered in the book on the web. Heavy Gauge's site is one of them.

Anyone have a link to the site mentioned above? I've tried google, but I only come up with a 2d illustrator's site.

EDIT: Nevermind. Found my answer in the "Buyer's Guide" section.