[Tutorial] GotG: Baby Groot

Hello hello,,

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.

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Final Baby Groot

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Materials

Paints

Acrylic Paints in:

  • Black
  • White
  • Yellow (Lemon yellow)
  • Green (Sap green)
  • Yellow Ochre (Pebeo, Studio Acrylics #27)
  • Raw Sienna (Pebeo Studio Acrylics #36)

Materials

  • Wire
  • Aluminium foil
  • Super sculpey
  • Small pot plant
  • Airdry clay of choice
  • Glaze (Ideally, Matte)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Black half pearls (for the eyes)

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Creating Base

  • 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.

Base shape of head

  • 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

Adding head details

  • 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

More or less completed head

  • Here is his head almost completed

Completed head

  • Added more cheek bones
  • Brow bones
  • and more clay down the middle

Different angle of his head

  • 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.

Adding roots to body

  • 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

Most completed body

  • Here he is baked

With eyes

  • 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.

Completed

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.

BabyGroot

BabyGroot

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,

-Cyn