Ori - 14" Custom "Bode Broad"
This is Ori! My first fully human custom! I did do the Space Crab last year that had a human face but this is the first full body human I've done. It has really been something! I don't want to send her of to her owner hahaha!
I've been working on her for about a week, even though I started roughly two weeks ago. I had a few things to finish in between. She was a "Bode Broad" by Mark Bode originally and I have seen quite a few of these Bode Broads popping up around IG. To be honest I wasn't a big fan of the original toy. Not until I had her in the post and got to hold her in my hands and have a good look at her.
This toy is so well sculpted and something you can't appreciate in a photo. Every curve in her body is perfect and she is so well weighted. Even though she was well sculpted there were many bits that wouldn't work with the style I wanted to go for. I had a long an hard job in front of me. Cutting her drape off was the hardest part! I decided to keep it at first but as I went along it was just getting in the way. So I brought out my dremel and started hacking away at it. At this point there was no turning back and I just had to go with it. Little did I know of the massive lump of resin that was sitting in her feet. I nearly killed myself getting that out but I won in the end. After this I had to re-sculpt her legs which took me an age. If there is one thing I've learnt over the past year, it is that nothing will get in my way of achieving what I want when it comes to customizing.
Her face was the most important thing to me. I wanted her to look like one of my Sci-Fi Pinup girls, so I had to restructure her face. Getting the eyes in there was not easy and this is when I wish I had more than one set of hands. After allot of struggling and re-positioning I managed to secure them in one place. But before I even started sculpting, I had to find a way to make her visor.... took me a while to figure that one out. After allot of thinking I had a light-bulb moment! It was a bit of a gamble to be fair, but worked out! I found a place online that did see through Christmas tree baubles in all sorts of colours and since I needed the visor to have a slight bend in it, it seemed like the perfect option. I ordered two different sizes as I didn't know which one would be the right size. Funny enough the smaller one had the exact same bend as her face. WIN! I also redid her nose and added those big ears. Don't even get me started on the ears.....
Do you know how hard it is to sculpt ears? No?! I do! LOL! :D It is hard. And what is even harder is to get them somewhat symmetrical. Symmetry is the bane of my life. I am addicted to it! To sum it all up this have been majorly challenging but an absolute blast! I've been wanting to do something like this for a long time so when I got asked for a Bode Broad commission I jumped at the opportunity! I really want to design my very own Pinup Vinyl Toy one day! That would be a dream come true! I've got so many ideas and a much better understanding of it now.
What an awesome piece of vinyl!!! Thank you for letting me work on this pure piece of beauty Josh!