Why did I start the series with John Stewart? Well I'm a big fan of the Justice League animated series and love John Stewart's look on the show, so I wanted to try to translate that into a more realistic version. Plus at the time everyone and their mom was doing art of Hal Jordan and Kyle Rayner, so sculpting John was another way to stand out among the crowd. You can't see it here, but I even added some glow in the dark paint to his pupils so when you turn out the light his eyes glow green like they do on the show. + 5 coolness points to me.
This is just a collection of random shots with different lighting scenarios to give a better idea of how the piece looks in person. I think the one in the uppermost left is where the hologram illusion is most successful. The shot in the uppermost right where I had the two paint samples I made side by side reminds me of the Hodge Twins - apparently John Stewart is making all kinds of gains... all kinds.
Wait, what the hell is a "Hologram Series" you say? Read on below....
Many, many moons ago, I developed a pitch for a series of 1:6 scale busts based on the various characters that comprise the Green Lantern mythology in the DC Universe. This was right at the time that DC was doing their "War of Light" story line and all the new different colored lantern factions were popping up. Being a fan of Green Lantern, and also just shiny things that light up, I jumped at the chance to stick my chocolate directly into DC's peanut butter.
So the central concept behind The Hologram Series line of busts was to depict the various Lantern characters as simulated holograms projected up from the centers of their power rings. Creating tactile holograms is the focus of every Lantern’s power, so designing a line of busts with that as the defining element seems like a natural fit. These were to be “busts” in the most classical sense of the word in that all characters would be cropped at the shoulders and immediately descend into a faceted diamond pattern that connected the portrait to the base. Since so very little of each character’s body was being shown, each portrait was to be done in a photo-realistic style, packed with detail to fully capture the essence of the character, as though each one was a real person stepping out of the comic pages and into our world.
To conjure the hologram illusion, each piece in the series was be cast in a translucent colored resin with small amounts of pearlescent flake suspended in it for an additional bit of magical effect when the flake would catch the light as you're seeing here.
Alas, While incredibly well received, this series was not meant to be since we could never close the deal on it for a number of reasons. I still toy with going back to it and sculpting new pieces for fun when I have some free time, but as of yet I've been unable able to stumble across any of this mythical free time...
Green Lantern, all associated characters, and story elements - copyright DC Comics.
Concept, Sculpt, Mold/Cast, Paint, Photography all by Walter O'Neal
.... I need this in my life...
At least you got to do John Stewart, the best Green, IMO u_u
Glad you dig the concept!