Dryptosaurus: progress report
I'm happy to report that I've been making progress on several fronts as I've received all of the pledged funding for Digital Dinosaur: Dryptosaurus. Here are some of the highlights:
I have acquired my new computer, graphic tablet, and the program ZBrush - these were the core requirements for me to be able to execute this Kickstarter project...But I haven't jumped into the digital sculpting process yet, because first I need to have my life-sized, traditionally sculpted Dryptosaurus head surface scanned, so I can import a digital version of the head as a starting point, upon which I'll digitally sculpt the rest of the body. Schedules have aligned, and it looks like we'll be scanning the head this coming Sunday, November 25. I will keep you updated on this very interesting part of the process.
Rather than scanning the head that is currently on display at the Lake County Discovery Museum in Wauconda, Il., I have been working on creating a fresh cast of my Dryptosaurus head reconstruction. I will omit the feathers for now, as these can cause a problem for the scanner, and I will also leave the lower jaw detached, so the scan can pick up all of the details of the teeth and insides of the mouth more easily.
I've also been getting a head start on quite a few of the rewards that I'll be sending out. A Kickstarter survey will soon be on its way to collect your shipping and other pertinent info, for as many of you whose pledges I can fulfill with a reward earlier than planned. As well, I've been purchasing the boxes, envelopes, and other shipping supplies that I'll need to pack and send all of the varied rewards. I'm also in preliminary discussions with a company to create some interesting custom packaging for some of the reward levels, in the style of the old Aurora model kit boxes...
I've had some terrific help producing rewards from a skilled friend, Mark Luchene. I met Mark back in the early 90's, when we were both pursuing special effects makeup; as a matter of fact you can find us listed together on the IMDB website for an independent horror film we worked on called "Dead Meat" (1993). We'd been out of touch for many years, but working with Mark again is just like old times - only now instead of severed human heads we're casting dinosaur heads! I'm so happy to have him on board and excited to help me complete this Kickstarter project.
There's a lot more to come as the Dryptosaurus gains momentum!
Happy Thanksgiving, and remember, that turkey you're eating is a little dinosaur!
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