Thank you so much Gubernator for sharing this great tutorial. I love the way you layout the procedures/pictures, it's very clear and easy to follow (not to say that it's an easy task, but you've done such a good job, you make it look easy
You are very welcome, and thank you for your kind words. If I can do it, it can't be that hard -- just remember to go slow and careful if you are new to it (if you're not, I should not be giving you advice).
MarkEl wrote:Top tutorial. Very clear and practical. Your point about the angle of cut is important. How the neck diameter, peg height and insert depth all come into play here. I’ve bought new head sculpts that got it wrong with too high a notched cut. It’s horrible because you either see a gap, or it looks like he has no neck. I find there are four broad styles: straight cut, high notch, low notch and curved. What looks best depends on the transition point variables. Well done as always!
Thank you very much! That is why (in part) I like having a loose inside neck connector -- so I can manipulate the height of the head on a neck and over the shoulders (also important when you dress up the body). Doesn't solve every potential issue, but it solves a lot.
Rogerbee wrote:Great tutorial, One of my major bugbears with neckless heads is when they look awful from the side. My Indy head is like that, but, I think it may be down to the thickness of the neck on the body more than the head. You look to have got this down to a fine art. Always best to have a few naff heads around to practice on, then you don't charge in and ruin the prized one that you might not be able to replace.
Thank you, Roger. You are right that in some cases heads don't look well on necks, though not always. The stuffing of the neck (if it has a stretchable seamless covering) and the thinning of the "walls" at the base of the head are intended to help with that, but obviously that cannot be applied to each and every body variation. You can make a (stretchy rubber) neck thicker, but you can't easily make a thick neck slimmer -- unless you are super good with shaving parts off, smoothing, and repainting (and repaint does not rub off). With the heads that come with an integral neck, the basic look is better indeed (especially when they have a very short hair or "phase" at the back), but for me they fall under the statue category and I resent the limitation in articulation on pure principle. Like DVD regional codes. I can't be the only one that resents the notion that if I want some DVD that doesn't happen to be distributed in my region, it might not be able to play on my player (I do buy re-programmable players and set the region code to 0 -- it allows me to play most things, although some functions are often limited). Just like that with the heads -- a neck-less head can be used with both basic types of bodies (like a non-region specific DVD should play in any player).
blackpool wrote:Many thanks GF, This is veeeery informative and helpful, I am gonna try that tonight on a few heads! Btw I really liked the pics on the tutorial, there is always a sparkle of fun and storytelling in your photos, which is very cool, I smiled seeing the figure on a chair like in a waiting room! Thanks again for the great tutorial!
You are very welcome and thank you for the kind comments. I appreciate that you liked my silly attempts to infuse some humor. If this were a GIF, you might have noticed the body in the chair tapping his hand on his legs impatiently while waiting for the head to be ready for it.
It did occur to me afterwards that in the process the camera did not always focus on the head being converted (oops).
Stryker2011 wrote:Very thorough and excellent tutorial. Really appreciate all the time and effort you to put into showing things clearly. Now I might be more tempted to get some heads with necks and try this.
Thank you very much, Mark! A little encouragement sent me on my merry way into this, so I am glad to pass it on to you. Just go slow and careful and I'm sure it will be successful.
dadrab wrote:Well presented. Thank you, sir. I've never done it with an Exacto (always used just the Dremel), but will give that a try as the cuts are fine and straight. As usual, the headless body sitting there waiting on his head to be done made me chuckle.
Thank you kindly, Sir. Maybe I am not good enough with the Dremel, or maybe I worry I have less control (though one could still mess up with the X-acto knife if one hurries). And there is still a place for using Dremel here too, just mostly on the inside. If you are new to using the knife for this, the main thing to remember is to make sure you are working on a suitably warm/soft plastic, that would allow you to apply less pressure and therefore have more control. And like I said in the tutorial, err on the side of caution, you can always shave off more later (that said, I often wish I would remember my own advice). Also glad it made you chuckle.