I thought I’d post up the pictures of Lady Darkness from basic sculpt to the final painted vinyl figure. The designer and sculptor on this project was the amazing Yoshihiko Makino whose company is TTToy in Japan. As reported in the last blog, he has a back ground in Anime type character designs and also designed Lady Maxx and mini Kaiju Eyezon. I knew I wanted to go darker and more sexy for Lady Darkness and I think he achieved this in the sketch above !
above the sculpt still being worked on … roughly 4 inches tall.
These shots above and below are the final sculpt .. I don’t know about you but they are perfect !
From this point a wax copy is made and sent to the iron molds factory. There the figures are turned into iron molds and the molds are sent to Master Shimizu-san where the first test shots are produced below in this instance in white vinyl ….Below the figure is also painted by Makino-san for the paint masks. Using a resin copy he produces what is called a Deco Master.
The paint masks are made for each section, outfit, mask, eyes, legs etc … all perfectly fit the figure.
These color test shots are using the paint masks on the actual soft vinyl figure ( cast in flesh )
each mask is in perfect alignment and hug each curve perfectly…Lady Darkness will be released in December via Max Toy Company and a Hyper Hobby magazine exclusive version via Japan.