Have you been looking for sculptors who are capable of sculpting traditionally as well as digitally? Masters of the trade who are accomplished in the fine art of sculpting as well as in the latest commercial methods? Our ASAP Sculptors will not only sculpt complex licensed characters perfectly “on model” but will also assist you to create your own unique characters or models. Either by traditional, hands-on sculpture techniques or by digital modeling, the Sculpture Department literally “gives dimension to” 2-D ideas. By use of drawings, concept art or pre-existing product, a new 3-D piece can be created. Sculpture by definition has to do with shaping an object either “in the round”: a statue for example, or in “relief”: such as a plaque or coin. Our Master Sculptors at ASAP can bring a flat image to reality by using clay or wax as a modeling material, or, by using computer programs that enable them to manipulate virtual shapes in virtual space. Clients can oversee the progress of their projects via digital images utilizing either method described above. Our ASAP Master Sculptors have had much experience working for companies such as DreamWorks, Hasbro, Mattel, Warner Bros., Disney, The Franklin Mint and The Bradford Exchange, to name only a few. They are ready and willing to service your sculpting needs.
What references must I supply to get a sculpture started? Photos, drawings, objects or other visual references are best to communicate an idea. Almost anything that can be described can be made into a sculpted piece. In general, the quantity of visual information that is supplied can significantly determine the speed of the process. Keep in mind that a piece of sculpture is seen from 360 views, thus there is no such thing as too much reference when making a sculpture.
What material is the final sculpture done in? Anything that is required by the end user or manufacturer can be customized for the Client. Toys or giftware prototypes are usually cast in resin and can then be painted by the ASAP Model Painting Department. Some manufacturing requires a final piece to be in a tooling wax that is then plated to make a tool. A vinyl doll, for example, would be an end product of this process.
Are molds and/or hard copies usually included in the quote? We usually include the cost of molds and two hard copies in our quotes. Additional copies of the artwork would be an extra cost.
How long does it take to do a sculpt? Naturally, the time for creating a sculpture is dependent upon the complexity of the design. As an example, a fashion doll in the scale of a Barbie would take about 3-4 weeks. The more pieces of articulation required, the more engineering input is required. A baby doll, or 18 inch doll, would probably take less than a month.