Amanda Darby – Sculptor, Model Maker, CG modeller, 3D Printing Specialist.

amandadarby1@hotmail.com

 

I’ve been a model maker for a lot longer than i care to remember! I started as a kid sculpting from playdoh

and working in my father’s workshop. My father is a pattern maker and engineer, so i guess making things was in my blood.

I was lucky enough to get work experience when i was at school, for a local effects and model making company: “Living Image”

Quite random that such a place appeared in my little home town of Guisborough, but it opened my eyes to the possibility of becoming a model maker as a job.

The Apprentice.

   

PHOTO: This is me as a kid with my father…

sharp tools…schematics…

      strange expression of concentration on my face….

(which i still do)

      and a sippy cup…

i wasn’t kidding when i said i started early!

I went on to study various aspects of film production and design at University. Loved every minute!

I have worked for many companies as a sculptor, mould maker and model maker. I love the process from beginning to end.

I started cross training in computer modelling, not to replace the traditional skills, but so i could adapt more to industry needs.

I see the computer as another tool to my tool box. Although maybe a little more temperamental than the hammers and drills….

I got into 3d printing and scanning about 8 years ago, it seemed the perfect blend of traditional skills and new technology.

I then threw myself into research and development at Aardman Animation, setting up a 3d scanning and printing department.

Over the last four years we scanned, modelled, printed and painted over 8000 parts for the Aardman/Sony production:

“Pirates – In an Adventure With Scientists”.

 

 

Please browse through my photos. I am guilty of never taking enough photos of the stuff i’m working on, normally too engrossed in getting stuff done!

I managed to wade through my hard drive and find some examples, hope you enjoy them. If you have any question please give me a shout on the email above.

 
 
NB – Please do view the examples of my work but please note photos are copyright owned and available to view as my portfolio work only. 
These images are not for reproduction/use elsewhere.  Thank you.

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Pirate Captain

Pirates – In an Adventure With Scientists! 

 

PIRATES – IN AN ADVENTURE WITH SCIENTISTS!

Pirate Captain Production Puppet with 3D Printed Head and mouths (Left)

& Fully 3D Printed Scaled Pirate Captain Maquette  (Right)

All copyrights to Aardman Animation & Sony Animation
Envisiontec Perfactory Printers

All copyrights to Aardman Animation & Sony Animation
Envisiontec Perfactory Printers

Printed Pirate Captain Torso - In Sanding & Clean Up.

Printed Pirate Captain Torso – In Sanding and clean up.
All copyrights to Aardman Animation & Sony Animation
Envisiontec Perfactory Printers

All copyrights to Aardman Animation & Sony Animation
Envisiontec Perfactory Printers

Full Size Pirate Captain maquettes - awaiting hats and eyelids

Full Size Pirate Captain maquettes – awaiting hats and eyes

Printed Pirate Captain Head – brow added in plastercine.
All copyrights to Aardman Animation & Sony Animation
Envisiontec Perfactory Printers

All copyrights to Aardman Animation & Sony Animation
Envisiontec Perfactory Printers

All copyrights to Aardman Animation & Sony Animation
Envisiontec Perfactory Printers

Full size Pirate Captain maquettes - awaiting eyelids and hats

All copyrights to Aardman Animation & Sony Animation
Envisiontec Perfactory Printers

Printed and primed trousers for the miniature Pirate Captain maquette.
All copyrights to Aardman Animation & Sony Animation
Envisiontec Perfactory Printers

Printed Pirate Captain Hat.
All copyrights to Aardman Animation & Sony Animation
Envisiontec Perfactory Printers

Printed, cleaned up and painted Pirate Captain boot, ready for assembly.
All copyrights to Aardman Animation & Sony Animation
Envisiontec Perfactory Printers

All copyrights to Aardman Animation & Sony Animation
Envisiontec Perfactory Printers

Full size print out of Pirate Captain Jacket in clean up before painting.
All copyrights to Aardman Animation & Sony Animation
Envisiontec Perfactory Printers

All copyrights to Aardman Animation & Sony Animation
Envisiontec Perfactory Printers

Scaled Up Pirate of the Year award during printing on a Envisiontec Perfactory Printer. The webbing is a support network that peels off in clean up.

All copyrights to Aardman Animation & Sony Animation
Envisiontec Perfactory Printers

The Pirate of the year award – Scaled Up version – Straight off the 3d printer. The webbing is removed in clean up.
All copyrights to Aardman Animation & Sony Animation
Envisiontec Perfactory Printers

Masking and painting – Pirate of the year award.
All copyrights to Aardman Animation & Sony Animation
Envisiontec Perfactory Printers

All copyrights to Aardman Animation & Sony Animation
Envisiontec Perfactory Printers

All copyrights to Aardman Animation & Sony Animation
Envisiontec Perfactory Printers

All copyrights to Aardman Animation & Sony Animation
Envisiontec Perfactory Printers

All copyrights to Aardman Animation & Sony Animation
Envisiontec Perfactory Printers

All copyrights to Aardman Animation & Sony Animation
Envisiontec Perfactory Printers

Queen Victoria 3d printed maquette. Fully Painted.
All copyrights to Aardman Animation & Sony Animation
Envisiontec Perfactory Printers

Cutlass Liz Mouths.
All copyrights to Aardman Animation & Sony Animation
Envisiontec Perfactory Printers

Pirate King mouths – ready for the RP library.
All copyrights to Aardman Animation & Sony Animation
Envisiontec Perfactory Printers

Pirate Captain mouths in painting.
All copyrights to Aardman Animation & Sony Animation
Envisiontec Perfactory Printers

Scarf mouths in painting. Tiny 0000 paint brushes and syringes were used!
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Bobo head, without mouth piece. Ready for paint artworking.
(Aardman Animation/Sony Animation)

Aardman Animation – Sony Animation

Airbrushing Queen Victoria’s mouths with lacquer to toughen the surface for handling on set.
Aardman Animation – Sony Animation


Aardman Animation – Sony Animation

Over 200 sets of Eyelids were made for Prates, each character had their own modelled set made to fit their head. Some were smaller than a fingernail!
Aardman Animation – Sony Animation


Aardman Animation – Sony Animation

Assorted character mouths
Aardman Animation – Sony Animation

Chaos of the workshop!

2 Comments:

  • You do some fantastic work Amanda. I believe I recognize your work as it looks familiar. Very cool thanks for sharing. I hear what you say about taking pictures of your work…I am the same and then I kick myself after for not taking enough.

    Thanks Stuart

    • Thanks Stuart, i think i get a bit too lost in just trying to get the job finished! Then it’s passed over and i turn my attention to the next job… It’s not until a long time later that i realise i never took photos during the process!

      Thanks for commenting,

      Amanda


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Guidance – Sculpted, moulded in silicon and cast in Pewter.
The Base is marble. (Private Commission)

Guidance (Private Commission)
Sculpted, moulded in silicon and cast in Pewter. Base is carved wood.

Guidance (Private Commission)
Sculpted, moulded in silicon and cast in Pewter. Base is marble.

Gromit sculpt. Wire armatured Stop Motion character.
(Aardman Animation – Jacobs commercial)

Wallace. Sculpt, over a ball and socket armature. Vest is cast resin.
Mouths are replaceable lip synch. Stop Motion character.
(Aardman Animation – Jacobs commercial)

Giant hand for Close Up. Clay sculpt over ball and socket armature.
(Aardman Animation – Jacobs commercial)

(Aardman Animation – Jacobs commercial)

Gromit – full sculpt with ball and socket armature.
(Aardman Animation – Jacobs commercial)

Angry Kid TV Series – Character sculpt of Little Sis.
I sculpted the original head, made moulds and sculpted many expression
replacements. This was for a mixture of live action and stop motion work on the
tv series Angry Kid.
(Aardman Animations – Darren Walsh)

Angry Kid Tv Series.
(Aardman Animation – Darren Walsh)

Mouth replacements were sculpted onto masters, then a mould was made of each. The final replacement heads were in resin. These were then airbrushed.
Angry Kid Tv Series.
(Aardman Animation – Darren Walsh)

Angry Kid Tv Series.
(Aardman Animation – Darren Walsh)

Angry Kid Tv Series.
(Aardman Animation – Darren Walsh)

Angry Kid Tv Series.
(Aardman Animation – Darren Walsh)

One of the silicon moulds for the replacement heads.
Angry Kid Tv Series.
(Aardman Animation – Darren Walsh)

To make the sculpting of different mouth shapes much faster i made a
pinch mould for the basic shape. I could then press out lots of the base shape and sculpt each into a new shape. This kept the basic bulk of the shape correct, eliminating any “boiling” effect on camera between replacements.
Angry Kid Tv Series.
(Aardman Animation – Darren Walsh)

Full size, armatured, realistic ducks. I worked as a sculptor and model maker
on the commercial. This involved sculpting, mould making, fibre glassing, metal work, material work and painting.
(Aardman Animation – Hovis Commercial)

(Aardman Animation – Hovis Commercial)

(Aardman Animation – Hovis Commercial)

Armature, metal work for wing fixing and rigs.
(Aardman Animation – Hovis Commercial)

Armature, metal work for wing fixing and rigs.
(Aardman Animation – Hovis Commercial)

Armature, metal work for wing fixing and rigs.
(Aardman Animation – Hovis Commercial)

Armature, metal work for wing fixing and rigs.
(Aardman Animation – Hovis Commercial)

Attaching the animatable beak, fixing the material into the armature.
(Aardman Animation – Hovis Commercial)

chevron commercial - usa

Chevron commercial.
I sculpted, moulded and cast all the parts for the small car. This included all the mouth replacements.
(Aardman Animation – Chevron Commercial)

CHEVRON COMMERCIALS – USA

Chevron Commercial - Aardman Animation

Clay Sculpt of car body.
(Aardman Animation – Chevron Commercial)

Clay sculpt ready for moulding.
(Aardman Animation – Chevron Commercial)

Dog sculpt ready for separating and moulding.
(Aardman Animation – Chevron Commercial)


(Aardman Animation – Chevron Commercial)

Brylcreem stills – Barnet Sutra – Aardman Animation

Brylcreem stills – Barnet Sutra – Aardman Animation
Sara Lee Corporation – WCRS

Brylcreem stills – Barnet Sutra – Aardman Animation
Sara Lee Corporation – WCRS

Character sculptor – armatures and sculpts.
(aardman Animations – Creature Comforts USA – TV Series)

Character sculptor – armatures and sculpts.
(aardman Animations – Creature Comforts USA – TV Series)

Character sculptor – armatures and sculpts.
(aardman Animations – Creature Comforts USA – TV Series)

Character sculptor – armatures and sculpts.
(aardman Animations – Creature Comforts USA – TV Series)

Character sculptor – armatures and sculpts.
(aardman Animations – Creature Comforts USA – TV Series)

Character sculptor – armatures and sculpts.
(aardman Animations – Creature Comforts USA – TV Series)

Character sculptor – armatures and sculpts.
(aardman Animations – Creature Comforts USA – TV Series)

Leonard Cheshire Homes.
Character sculptor – armatures and sculpts.
(Aardman Animations – Leonard Cheshire commercials)

Character sculptor – armatures and sculpts.
(aardman Animations – Creature Comforts USA – TV Series)

Character sculptor – armatures and sculpts.
(aardman Animations – Creature Comforts Series 2 – TV Series)

Character sculptor – armatures and sculpts.
(Aardman Animations – Creature Comforts Series 2 – TV Series)

Character sculptor – armatures and sculpts.
(Aardman Animations – Creature Comforts Series 2 – TV Series)

Character sculptor – armatures and sculpts.
(Aardman Animations – Creature Comforts Series 2 – TV Series)

Character sculptor – armatures and sculpts.
(Aardman Animations – Countryside Code – TV Campaign)

Timmy Time.
I was a senior member of the crew, sculpting, mould making, armatures, casting and painting. I also stayed on the crew throughout the shoot to maintain and replace parts as needed. The puppets have been used throughout several series.
(Aardman Animations – Timmy Time – Jackie Cockle)

(Aardman Animations – Timmy Time – Jackie Cockle)

(Aardman Animations – Timmy Time – Jackie Cockle)

(Aardman Animations – Timmy Time – Jackie Cockle)

(Aardman Animations – Timmy Time – Jackie Cockle)

(Aardman Animations – Timmy Time – Jackie Cockle)

ABOVE – TIMMY TIME – Aardman Animations – Jackie Cockle
BELOW – SHAUN THE SHEEP Tv Series – Aardman Animation

Shaun the Sheep – Tv Series
Aardman Animations

Shaun the Sheep – Tv Series
Aardman Animations

Shaun the Sheep – Tv Series
Aardman Animations

Shaun the Sheep – Tv Series
Aardman Animations

Shaun the Sheep – Tv Series
Aardman Animations

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Amanda Darby – Sculptor, model maker, CG modeller & 3d Printing

enthusiast.

amandadarby1@hotmail.com

 

NB – Please do view the examples of my work but please note photos are copyright owned and available to view as my portfolio work only. 

These images are not for reproduction/use elsewhere. 

Thank you.


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