So here is something I’ve been working on ever since the movie: Guardians of the Galaxy came out.
Groot was such an adorable character, and his baby form even more so :)
Since it was released during the semester, he’s been something I’ve been working on, on and off for a long time.
I finally finished making him about a month ago, and haven’t really been bothered to take photos – until today.
The weather has been pretty terrible in NZ lately, but today seems to be one of those nice cloudless days – which is a nice break from the dark clouds.
As for the process of making him, I admit I’ve been lazy lately in documenting my progress.
Since I do work on-and-off, most of the times, I just don’t bother taking images.
Although, the process isn’t too complicated, so I hope you’ll be able to get the general idea of how I made him.
As usual, remember to have HEAPS of reference images to help you make him as accurate as possible.
Acrylic Paints in:
- Yellow (Lemon yellow)
- Green (Sap green)
- Yellow Ochre (Pebeo, Studio Acrylics #27)
- Raw Sienna (Pebeo Studio Acrylics #36)
- Aluminium foil
- Super sculpey
- Small pot plant
- Airdry clay of choice
- Glaze (Ideally, Matte)
- Hot glue gun
- Black half pearls (for the eyes)
- Create an oval shape with the foil
- Take wire and fold it over itself, stab the bottom ends (assuming the “rounded part” is at the top) through the middle of the foil
- Take each end of the wires and bend it down and around the foil to hold the “head” in place
- Twist the ends around the middle of the wire (you can kind of see it in the first image)
- Take the clay and wrap it around the foil and bake
- As you can see, I burnt it… but no matter. To make his head more angular, I added more clay and shaped it as seen above.
- Made his head more round
- Added a strip down the middle as his “nose”
- Placed the two half pearls in, as reference for his eyes
- Added a bit more clay to the top of his head
- Rolled out pieces of clay, and “squished” the ends down (this is to help me blend it into his head easier, so I don’t apply to much pressures and alter his head shape)
- Add as many of those branches as you want
- I started using my needle tool to add those details on his face
- Here is his head almost completed
- Added more cheek bones
- Brow bones
- and more clay down the middle
- Here is his head about completed at this point.
- Just added some “vines” to the branches at the top
- Bake without the eyes
So at this point is where I skipped a whole bunch of steps in the images.
I’ll list here what I did in between the top and bottom image:
- Took some more wire and positioned across the body
- Added some foil to the body
- Covered whole body in clay
Remember: You’ll be adding the “root” details after, so the base of the body should be smaller than what you intend the final body size to look like.
- At this point, you just roll out bits of clay and place it on the body. The pattern is entirely up to you
- I tried to add some variation by changing the width of the “roots”, and also changing the direction of how they grew. I also tried to “layer” them a bit, so it looks like some are coming from underneath others.
- I also followed the direction of the arms
- Here he is baked
- And here is what he looks like once his eyes are placed back in.
At this point, I was almost going to just leave him with no hands…. but then.. I added them in anyways.
There was some difficulty, because in the actual movie, his hands are like thin tiny branches, and that was just too hard for me, so I made them bigger.
And another skip in the the whole image process:
- Added arms
- Painted him
- Hot glued his eyes on
- Painted the pot plant to black and white
- Filled the pot plant with airdry clay and placed Baby Groot inside.
- Once the airdry clay fully dried, I got glued Groot into the indent I made earlier, and then poured in a whole layer of Triple Thick glaze, to really seal him in.
As for the paint:
- Mix: Brown + Black and use a thin brush to paint inside the grooves in Groots’ face + in between the roots on his body . This is for definition
- Darker brown where his eyes are for some “shading”
- Mix: Green + Ochre + yellow and use this dull green to paint the tips of his fingers and tops of his head + dab some on the roots on his body
- Groot’s body was a mix of the Ochre + Sienna + Black + White
But to be honest, since I don’t really know how to paint things and shade or whatever, I just did anything ahahahah.
It really is up to you how you decide to paint him.
And there you are.
I hope you enjoyed this post, and I’m working on some more crafts so I hope I can post a little bit more.
Thanks for reading,