This Kickstarter is to introduce my latest sculpture Regina Mundi to the world. The goal for me is to raise enough money to pay for the prototype 3D print as well as resin and bronze molds.
Years ago I transitioned from traditional clay sculpting to digital sculpting. I was an early user of ZBrush (version 1.5!) and I quickly realized the potential of using that 3D sculpting program for creating really detailed sculpts. Now, with the advent of 3D printing I can make my dinosaurs real in a fraction of the time that a clay sculpt would have taken me! 3D printing is still very expensive, and this campaign will help offset the costs of that. Hopefully I will earn enough to buy my own 3D printer!
About Regina Mundi-Queen of the World
Regina Mundi is my 3rd interpretation of Sue, the famous T.rex from the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. Our understanding of dinosaurs changes all the time, as do their appearance. In 1999 my first version of Sue ( Rex Mundi) was much thinner- these days it would be called "shrink wrapped". in 2008 my second version was the Sideshow Collectibles T.rex. She was more fleshed out and reflected some of the wounds and pathologies that have been described on the skeleton. This new version, Regina Mundi, is my most comprehensive version to date. After working with paleontologists for a period of 5 months this is the shape she now takes. She is now a big beefy brute! New evidence suggests thats T.rex was perhaps covered in tiny little scales and its face may have been protected by a keratinous sheath and large scales on its snout. The prospect of some kind of hair or feather like integument can still not be ruled out, so I included what I like to call "elephant hairs" over parts of her body. Recently it has become common to depict dinosaurs with lips which was something I could not resist exploring. I tried to incorporate every wound and pathology that Sue had, from gout, broken bones, infections, bites and pulled muscles...it is clear this dinosaur led a rough life . She was a real character. I can't resist a good character. I won't lie, this sculpt was a hard one for me to do. I was trying to break old habits and reinvent my style. I wanted a pose that said "don't mess with mamma-bear" but still maintain a subtle more animalistic gesture. I tried for grace and girth at the same time. I hope I got that.
To All of You.
To those of you who have supported me in the past, thank you. As an artist working in the film industry is was always important for me to keep my own artistic identity. Dinosaurs have been that outlet for me. I am always grateful for your kind words about my work. My Gorgosaurus sculpture entitled "Judith" that I created 22 years ago is still a bestseller. That fact still amazes and humbles me. This Kickstarter is for all of you. I want the opportunity to make more work for you to enjoy!
Risks and challenges
I tried to keep my rewards small and manageable given my busy schedule. I didn't want to offer too many choices that would eventually be confusing and hard to fulfill. If this all goes well I will go into the next venture wiser and most likely more ambitious! The only setbacks I can see would be those involved in the time it takes to make molds and cast pieces. I've given myself any my mold maker/caster Edward Holt ample time to fulfill orders, and If they arrive sooner than October I will of course let you all know!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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