Friday, April 6, 2012

Pot-belly REALLY starts to Take Shape, (literally!)

NOW it's really coming together! Check out the comparison below, between Kim's early 'rough sculpt' and this LATER version one with all the texture in there!!! 

Pretty cool eh? Hopefully i'm not driving you guys crazy with potbelly figure posts, it's just exciting for me.

Just a couple more of the figure sketches i wanted to throw up too.

But since toys take time and the pre-production of them is ongoing, so be sure I'll mix it up some other projects too.

Other comics, pin ups, paintings whatever is on the art table.  Here's a few more body shots Kim passed along. I am struggling to keep up with the INSANE detail Kim added too!!!

 Now my drawings seem kinda budget by comparison, but a 3D figure is always a little more impressive.

But imagination and 2D has it's place too. Guess if i hadn't dreamed up this goody guy... wouldn't even have gotten this far in the first place.

 But now i GOTTA get serious about designing that box he's looking at! Just picture all these miniature on vintage Trout ads pasted on the side of the box too... the 1900s keyboard, it will be so freaky!!

I didn't notice this before, but check out the texture on the belly, sorta like hair isn't it? Kim really outdid himself on those folds on the sides too.

Also those yummy neck cords pulling down to below the collar bone. I actually de-emphasized the collar bone in my drawings to pull the eye into that semi circle from eyeball down to belly.

Every time I look at these photos i catch something new, and this is just the non-colored version! These sculptor dudes always kick my ass!

But it's great because it gets me all ambitious to shoot them new sketches, back and forth, feeding each other as fellow artists! Guess you always admire in other artists whatever you can't do... or what it would never even OCCUR to do yourself. 

I'm breaking out the color now... pens, watercolors, screw it.. 

I'm gonna ATTACK this sucker mercilessly now, who cares of i screw it up! 

Seeing what a ASTOUNDING job Kim did do far, have new ENERGY just picturing how bad-ass the magic box his typing on and those little Chibi Figures can look now.  

The better magic box drawings i give him, the more inspired he'll be too!  

Will is sell like batman figures. Hell no. Does it matter? Nope. Even if it just makes US fans happy, then it's still just cool to have something figure that doesn't look all slick and cool, (since most of us in real life… are less than perfect, eh? ) 

I'll ad some darker ink and brush strokes up this potbelly figure, then into some kick ass detailed Magic Boxes drawings, and that Tree drawing everyone seems to likes is from a new comic, which needs some more pages too. It's all just more grist for the mill. 

Stan tuned folks! 

- Sam 


jlosacco said...

Post as much potbelly stuff as you can. Love it!

I can't wait to get him!

cody said...

Really awesome, the detail and skin texture are incredible very realistic, i'm sure once the color is applied it will be insane. thanks for the update.

mosheh said...

It's really nice to see you so passionate about your work. For once :).

Fernando Valencia said...

That's amazing! All the detail & how much it resembles the original art. I just have two quick questions.

1. Does Pott-Belly only have one toe or is it some kinda house shoes(Booties)?

2. Have you guys talk about price range?

I try to pick up everything you put out but it's sorta hard to get the wife to agree when it come to the more pricey products that come out. I looked up the Ashley figures that Kim did & they are HOT! but have quit a pretty price tag on them. You know what I mean? Thanks for your time Mr. Kieth

Sam Kieth said...

Jlosacco, okay, i'll keep those bellies coming!

I just don't wanna be a broken record and post the same old crap. At least TRY to mix it up a little. Lemme know if things get stale and i'll freshen the pot. ( as in coffee, not belly)

cody, yeah, Kim really blew my mind with the textures. I can't wait to see the variety or colors too.

mosheh, Nice to see me passionate? uh... as opposed to me dumping all over myself, and my work?

Yeah, that IS a nice change, huh? ; )


1. Does he have a toe? Amazingly, i never thought it through before. Kim never asked either. I suppose it IS organic, part of his body. Therefor, yes, it's a big toe. Booties are more Maxx's style.

2. Not decided yet, but my guess is in the same range as Kim's other toys. Yeah, i know, Limited Edition posable bigger figures ARE pricier. Same with those nice big over-sized art books.

But with the economy so tight, sales down on everywhere, so it's almost easier to make Fewer Figures, for a smaller number of fans like I have.

I wish we could do 'em cheaper, but unless your making tons of them, toys are expensive little suckers to make. That's why i wanna make em as COOL as possible, even if less folks can buy em.

Hope that helps.

- Sam

Marcus Collar said...

I feel the ground shake when I see this project...

I see Sam Kieth toy designs becoming a major deal beyond all the other great things such as the IDW thing and NOLA ( NOLA NOLA! NOLA!! dont worry not some jock thing hehe).

Man you really make being a crazed fan so easy with ALL THIS COOL STUFF!!

who has the Batman figure here?? anyone?

a true artist makes potbellys seem cool! the bar is set people hehee

seriously WOW this must be so inspiring for Kim wow

greatness without pretension

Georgia said...

So cool!!!

Aaron Desira said...

So bloody awesome. I think ill get two and have the sweetest book ends of all time

Loving how excited you sound about what your doing with the magic box, this is going to be so swell. I cant wait for the dream versions of the magic box trundling around with dana on board. It makes so much sense to turn it into a pet in a her dreams. You make the unbelievable fit into your stories so darn well sam. Loving this stuff.

ant said...

yeah, he's looking awesome, i'll definately pay whatever it takes to get one, can't wait to see the finished product,

Lucas Irineu said...

Wonderful! Shame it might only be available in the US, though :C
I'd love to have one of those.

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