A Look at the Armature

A few people were curious so I thought I would put up some photos of the armature of the previous statue(Maminox).

So here is a look at how I plan my armatures. You’ll see immediately that it’s not a very finished drawing. It’s really meant for just body proportions and armature building.

If you look closely you’ll see that there are circle everywhere. That is where all the joints will be in the anatomy of the armature. This fella had wings so there are a lot of joints.


So I used all that reference to make this:


Now posed into what is nearly how he will be when the sculpt is finished.


The armature consists of: 1/16″ and 1/8″ aluminum wire for the base, wire mesh for the wings, aluminum foil to bulk it out, and the yellow blobs are Milliput an epoxy putty.


A small look at the sculpture with some of the armature still exposed.

I am going to try and add extra info like this for each of the sculptures I do. Feel free to tell me what you would like to know more about. Email is jay_surma@hotmail.com

If you are interested in ordering a statue of your own you can find out how here.



New Statue – Maminox

Let me introduce you to Maminox


…the newest D&D character out of the shop. Maminox recently became epic level and was obviously deserving of his own statue.

I’d like to thank Corey Vissing for the freedom and wealth of history to work with on this guy. I had a lot of room to put my own input into the final design and it was a blast. I love nothing more than giving a character a final coherent look.

If you are interested in a statue of your own then you’re in luck. I’m taking orders.

Just visit the statue ordering page on the left or here: Statue Ordering

If you have questions also feel free to send an email to jay_surma@hotmail.com


The Dragon Disciple – Part 3

If you’ve been wondering why Deirdre is bald it’s because instead of sculpting her hair I’ll be using a wig when she’s done. So I know she looks a bit shaven, but in the end she’ll have beautiful wavy locks.

Today I’ll be showing you how I get a block mold ready before I pour the silicone. So I’ll refrain from showing the silicone being poured until next time. That’s how important the preparation is. I finished off the horns and put the final textures on them so it was time to very very carefully HACK THEM OUT!

Here the key is to be precise in making the box. I drew a quick plan and cut out all my pieces of wood before attaching them with screws. Then I fill all the creases with some plastilene so the silicone won’t sneak out any where. I put the horns in and filled them with used chunks of silicone to save on material costs.
Again, everything I do is a learning process and I’m glad to share.

The Dragon Disciple – Part 1

I’ve started something new, something daring, something…geeky. I’m a big fan of role playing games. Well that’s inaccurate, only Dungeons and Dragons and only edition 3.5. Holla! Anyway for my next artistic endeavor I’ll be making one of my favorite characters. So I introduce…

Deirdre, The Dragon Disciple!

Defender of the defenseless, kin to the dragons, turner of fate, holder of fortune, leader of men, mother of battle, and the biggest baddest bitch in the land.

So on with it then…

I’ll be making her as a 1:1 scale bust. In short description she looks half-elven, half-dragon. Pointy ears, small nose, scales, horns, etc.

I’ll show you a small pic of some later progress to keep it entertaining. Then into the process.

dragon woman

We’ll get to that point very quickly but first I made a custom mannequin to start on. I made some technical drawings to make the poly-sculpting much easier and so I didn’t end up with a completely lopsided mess.

Making my own foam head allowed for even more customization for the bust. I have a wooden pole sticking through the middle of the bust to keep it attached to the board and steady.

Deirdre will return, so if you have any questions about how I’m making it be sure to ask. Everything I do is a learning process and I’m glad to share.

D20 final product. Interested?

I’ve finished the second d20! Now I’m looking for interest. I plan on maybe creating a kickstarter so that I can sell them. The kickstarter would allow an even more professional product. Prices to buy one would be cheaper and I could buy the right supplies to produce them quicker. Here are some very amateur pictures of the two final pieces.