Good afternoon everyone, hope you all had a great weekend and look forward to another week of news and reviews in the world of Predators and anything else I happen to love from the science fiction world. This afternoon however, we take a sidetrip to the world of Pandora and the insanely amazing art of Darren Harvey. Specifically, I want to show you guys this INSANE 1:1 scale bust of Neytiri that he's producing…
I have sent an email to Darren to congratulate him on this piece and to find out a bit more info (like how much and how soon can I have this in my office?!) and here's the scoop on this INSANE piece!
This is a full size 1:1 scale bust in HUMAN scale, meaning that the head is the size of an adult human's head, not the enormous head of the Navi. Darren is a commercial illustrator by trade and this is his FIRST full scale, full size portrait. Yes you read right, this is his FIRST full size piece. Is it me or are some people just so damn talented in makes my teeth itch…. anyhow, moving right along…
The sculpt itself was made in WED clay (not to rub it in, but this was also Darren's FIRST time using WED clay as well) and he used large clear Scleral shells with paper placed behind it to use as a visual reference. I have to admit, that's a pretty awesome strategy, then again the extent of my sculpting skills doesn't go much beyond a pail full of sand with a couple of rocks on top of it and a well placed stick for a flag. Once the sculpt was complete and molded, it was time for the hair… 40 feet of braided hair to be precise! After four months of work, Neytiri was ready for the limelight, including a sweet removable Ikran flight visor with the insect wing lenses made from heat-formed vac plastic, resin tooth, and airbrushed to perfection. The head itself is cast in hollow PU resin. The eyes are painted, but before you grumble about how glass or acrylic eyes are better and more realistic than painted eyes, Darren is also a trained ocular technician (builds prosthetic eyes) so this is pretty much going to be the most kick ass pair of Navi eyes you'll ever see away from the screen!
OK I know, now you're screaming HOW DO I GET ONE?! Well, you'd better have your checkbook ready and be fast… Darren is limiting this to 10 fully finished pieces and 20 raw castings he will be offering to people he knows will have the piece as part of their private collection, he obviously doesn't want this baby getting recast. I should also mention that 5 of the 10 are already sold! Now for the all important question: How big a hole will this make in your wallet? A fully finished piece will run you £1,500 (that about $2,222 USD) and a raw casting (the raw casting is the head only, you don't get the hair and bling) is £400 (which is about $593 USD).
Want to get in touch with Darren for more information? Email him directly by clicking HERE! Want to drool at more photos of this incredible piece? Click the photo icon below!
Congratulations Darren, your work is absolutely STUNNING and I think I speak for everyone when I say I can't wait to see more of your work in the future!
Want to see more sweet Avatar goodies? Sideshow has been releasing a steady stream of gorgeous Avatar art prints known as "giclee prints" in very low release numbers, some of which are almost totally sold out. They range in price from affordable to.. well… up there, but they are all gorgeous and pretty damn impressive. The piece "Neytiri in the Forest" is easily my favorite of the bunch, damn that Navi is one sexy blue chickita! Check them out below (click the image of the one you want for more photos and order information):
Hey, maybe you're not a Navi fan… perhaps your man is Colonel Miles Quaritch and that kick ass AMP suit of his. If so, Sideshow has you covered with the INSANELY cool AMP Suit Maquette standing at nearly 2 feet in height! Fire and brimstone attitude and live ammunition not included.
Launching the Sideshow Collectibles line of AVATAR collectibles is the AMP Suit Maquette, created in conjunction with one of the film's special effects studios, Legacy Effects. Created directly from 3D modeled by the team that created the 14-foot suit used during filming, the AMP Suit is a truly authentic scaled representation. Each piece is individually painted and finished, each with its own unique quality and detail that is the trademark of a handcrafted Sideshow Collectibles product. The AMP Suite Maquette is comprised of polystone, cloth, resin, fiberglass, metal, ABS and PVC plastics and is the perfect addition to any display.
Product Size: 21" H x 18.5" W x 18.5" D
Product Weight: 51.00 lbs
Click HERE for all the photos and order information (there are only 10 pre-order spots left according to the low quantity alert meter) from the Sideshow product page!
Have I mentioned before that I love Avatar? That's it for me gang, have a great day!