BOOK REVIEW: Pop Sculpture
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It is no surprise that collecting statues and action figures has evolved into a worldwide phenomenon, but seldom do we ever get a detailed look of what truly goes on behind the scenes in the creation process... until now. Industry greats Ruben Procopio, Zack Oats and Tim Bruckner reveal the entire step-by-step process of creating the sought-after collectibles that we love in the newly published Watson-Guptill book Pop Sculpture.
The entertaining book provides readers with an elaborately detailed explanation of how figurines, statues and even action figures are made. Recently, toy companies have been getting in the habit of showing unpainted prototypes of upcoming releases through their websites/forum pages but none have ever revealed the entire process behind creating a collectible from concept to final product. In Pop Sculpture, the authors outline the complete process behind creating action figures and statues including a detailed breakdown of the conceptual drawing and design phase which is the pivotal first stage in the making of a collectible piece.
The book explores the various tools and materials required in the creation of pop-culture collectibles. The authors/artists also explain the difference between different sculpting mediums and the pros and cons of each which is both informative and extremely helpful in the decision making process for beginners or even intermediate level sculptors. Pop Sculpture even goes as far as exploring the process of mold making and the tooling procedures for creating action figures. The authors have also developed a humorous cartoon element in each chapter which entertains and educates at the same time. The book features a vast amount of photography detailing the various stages in the creation of collectibles from concept to completion.
Pop Sculpture is the most elaborate and informative book regarding the creation of collectibles to date and a great read which is hard to put down. Whether you are an avid toy collector, an aspiring artist or just want to learn about the process that goes behind the creation of popular collectibles and action figures, then Pop Sculpture is a must-read for you.
Pop Sculpture is available now at all fine booksellers.
Review by Jorge Pelaez
Review Sample Courtesy of Random House