Here is my finished sculpt for the 'Clay Wars': First annual Monster Clay Sculpting Competition. The contest is sponsored by the Stan Winston School of Character Arts, American Fine Arts, and The Monster Makers. It will be judged by the great artists Chet Zar, Steve Wang, and Casey Love. The challenge was to either sculpt an existing character from the Star Wars universe, or create your own unique character. I couldn't help but come up with my own.
I didn't want to go with a Jedi or Sith because I feel the design would be too limiting. It's mainly a bunch of robes or flashy helmets. The real beauty of Star Wars is in it's background characters. Just go back and look at the Cantina scene or Jabba's lair, or even Maz's castle in the Force Awakens. There are some amazing characters hidden in there.
My guy is something like the 'Predator' of the Star Wars universe. The idea behind him is that he is a hunter that travels to different exotic planets in search for new trophies. In order to help tie him into the Star Wars world even further, I've got him spearing a Giant Swamp Slug in the swamps of Dagobah. He's standing on his fresh kill as it sinks down into the water. There is a very cool book called The Wildlife of Star Wars with art by Terryl Whitlatch (another great artist!), which is where I found out about these Giant Swamp Slugs.
I wanted every piece of his design to be practical and realistic. In doing so, this may be the most detailed piece I've ever done. There are laces holding his scale armor together, there are seams in his pants, tears and rips in the clothing, basically anything I could think of to make it real. I even gave him a crude, homemade looking harpoon gun in case he did a little fishing while he was there. I stuck with primitive weapons as opposed to laser rifles and such. His name is a play on the scientific name for a turtle (which is the inspiration for the face design) Testudinata. I'm pleased with how he turned out. The best part is he also has the look and feel of a character that would fit into my own fantasy series.