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Inventive traditional sculptures

We chat to sculptor Nino del Pozo about his work process and fantastical creations, from clay models to prosthetic masks...

We chat to sculptor Nino del Pozo about his work process and fantastical creations, from clay models to prosthetic masks...

3dtotal: Thanks for speaking to 3dcreative, Nino! Could you introduce yourself with a bit about yourself and your background?
Nino del Pozo: I was born in Spain, but when I was really young I went with my family to live in Scotland. Right now I am in Spain again, and I am working on some projects based on a collection of creature busts made in silicone and latex.

I have enjoyed the world of fantasy since I was very young. My first contact with this was through the Warhammer 40,000 games. I was fascinated with the creatures and designs for those miniatures. For me, it was not about playing, but about painting. From then I have always been interested in designing my own fantasy world.

I studied an HND in Dental Technology in Edinburgh, and sculpture really got my attention. So in 2014, when I had time and could afford to, I did a course in makeup FX. For me it was a dream come true.

A cyclops bust made from WED clay

A cyclops bust made from WED clay

3dt: What inspired you to get into prosthetics and sculpture? What inspires you today?
NDP: What inspired me was the magic of movies like Alien and Star Wars. This was my whole childhood and I always wondered how they made all those incredible costumes and spaceships and all those wonderful monsters. That was my inspiration back then, and after working in so many jobs just for a living, I realized that I could work and make a career in what once was my dream. Now it can happen, and the biggest inspirations for me are all the people you meet, and the energy and the good vibes they have in this sector of makeup FX and sculpting. This gives me motivation to keep going and follow what I really love.

A WED clay sculpt of a primate head

A WED clay sculpt of a primate head

3dt: What tools and materials do you generally use for your works?
NDP: I try to make my own tools with guitar strings, wire and bamboo sticks: anything I can make myself without spending so much money, because they can be very expensive. They can be even better and they are custom made to your own requirements.

I love to sculpt in WED clay; I think its a great clay and I love the feeling of it in my hands. I have also worked with plasticine and Chavant clay, which I like to use when I want to do something with more detail. But the one I use the most right now is WED clay. I really want to get to know it more.

My final project at Neill Gortons VFX studio in Chesham. The sculpt was done in Plastiline and molded in fiberglass, and the final mask was done in foam latex

My final project at Neill Gortons VFX studio in Chesham. The sculpt was done in Plastiline and molded in fiberglass, and the final mask was done in foam latex

3dt: Could you explain your general process for creating a prosthetic mask such as your Lizard Man?
NDP: For that project, I started with a live cast of the model, making a cast of his bust in fiberglass. I then started to sculpt in gray plasticine with 55 hardness a very nice material to work with. Once it was ready I just used fiberglass for the mold, and then filled that up with foam latex. After a couple of fails, I got the result I wanted and it was ready for some paint work!

3dt: What do you hope to achieve or work on in the future?
NDP: What I would like the most is to work in the movie industry as a creature designer, but right now I am creating a website where you can buy collectibles and digital art work applied to sculptures and figures.

Another creature from my collection of busts

Another creature from my collection of busts

3dt: Lastly, what are you working on right now? Are there any interesting projects we can look forward to seeing from you?
NDP: Right now Im working on the design of my website and the future designs of my creature bust collection, and trying to get everything together to start my own business in the UK, because its the place where everything happens. I am very passionate about this project and will soon have a lot of cool and crazy ideas involving all types of sculpting, and bringing to life all the characters of my fantasy world!

A recent monster sculpt

A recent monster sculpt

Related links

Head over to Nino del Pozo's ArtStation
Grab a copy of Beginner's Guide to Sculpting Characters in Clay

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