Okay, Andre Nolle has an insanely awesome Spiderman parody balloon, let’s just say Statue rather than sculpture, lol.
He has a 40 minute instructional tutorial for it on YouTube and is a great instructor. His pacing is excellent for a learning audience and his production quality is really good. He is very graceful too which I just think is so neat to see. He is amazing and I highly recommend checking out his website= http://www.mister-twister.de/
This statue primarily uses 646’s and 11 inch hearts with a few 260’s for finishing touches.
Now I just did not care for his head, personally I think it looks more like Popeye than Spiderman. I found some red 11 inch hearts for like 2 bucks at Hobby Lobby, it came in an 8 pack. I didn’t feel like paying 20 bucks for Qualatex, what 50 or 100 hearts, especially since I didn’t like the head, lol.
I made his head but I also changed it out and used a 12 in round and drew on face with dry erase markers and white out. I turned the pinch twist in the top where head is attached to two pinch twists by twisting it again in the middle. You instantly turn one pinch twist into two that way.
I had never worked with 646’s before and let me tell you what, they are a pain to tie and twist, Lol.
A helpful tip for pinch twists, when making a pinch twist for an end where the rest of the balloon is going to be deflated anyway, just figure out your measurements and deflate first and then make your pinch twist.
I also skipped tying where I could and just did the wrapping around of pinch twists.
Also, be sure to let out a good amount of air after pumping it up. This will smooth out the shape and make it much easier with which to work.
I found this to be challenging but very fun and it introduced techniques I had never done before. I think the way the abs and shoulders are done, really perhaps the whole construction design would translate really well to a 260 or 350 smaller size sculpture.
Be forewarned, the belt is a total pain in the, shut your mouth, to put on!
Here is the link= http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9taqihj_Qm4&feature=youtube_gdata_player
Below are pics of my replication, with his style head and with mine. The Dalek making an a cameo is 9 days old and can be found in a previous post.
See, this just is not a proper head at all. Now if you wanted to make a Popeye, it would be great!
My husband’s favorite comic book character of all time. We have watched every series ever made of the cartoons and he owns all the movies and lots of comics,lol. He was very happy to see this in the house,lol.
What did you say about my mama? Oh no he didn’t!
Spiderman vs. Dalek at the UTC Arena! LOL
(FYI, if you have any advice or feedback whatsoever- feel free to share in a comment below.) 🙂