All done in sunny Brighton!


Our final  bulk editing for the DVD’s ended last week in Brighton, so we’ll be announcing the launch dates for them very soon. We also have some other news concerning our working with local community services, but more of that in another post when things are firmed up better.

For the moment we thought we’d share with you these bizarre shapes developed by Chris Sangwin, check out his site and go buy his book if you like a head scratchin read! (Follow the link to his site)

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Richard Allport Artist Q&A second round questions…

 Richard Allport Artist round 2 questions

Q1: What are the training DVD’s about specifically?

A: Richard Allport Artist: Because there is only so much you can put into a workshop or even a series of workshops I had always planned to do a large-scale set of DVD tutorials that encapsulated everything I’d learned “on the job” so to speak.

The natural way to do this was as a set of step-by-step guides that demystified the creativity process from beginning to end. When you work long enough in the creative industries you learn that you can use techniques and methods to get very good results very fast, if you know what buttons to press and what gives you the most impact for the level of effort you put in. You can achieve amazing results in a surprisingly short amount of time; all you have to do is have the want to give it a go.

So the DVD set will totally break the creative process down and reform it in a very easy to understand and instinctive way, but also in a new and unique way never presented within the education system before. You don’t even need to be able to draw!

Q2: Do you have a CV or Biog that you can put up on here so people can read what you’ve done?

A: Richard Allport Artist: Yes, give me a couple of days and I’ll upload it in its own post.

Q3: Do you have any new workshops planned? If so can you describe what they’re about?

A: Richard Allport Artist: Yes loads. Without wanting to spoil the surprises there are themes including mythical creatures, how shockingly suggestible we all are, understanding confusion (!) and a crazy one called “How to cheat and lie!”

Q4: Do you provide private tuition for individuals or groups?

A: Richard Allport Artist: Yes absolutely! Each one is bespoke for that person or organisation so if you want any details on this at any level please get in touch directly.

Q5: How is the dragon puppet going and can we see some more development pictures?

A: Richard Allport Artist: Its about to emerge from the moulding process. It had a slight delay due to work commitments and then I had lovely bronchitis! I will post pictures of the silicone skins as they emerge from the moulds soon!

Q6: How many of the new Creativity Break interviews are planned?

A: Richard Allport Artist: Quite a few, it’s taking a while to type them all up in-between doing everything else but several are done and will be posted on here in the near future.

Q7: Can you say more about the weird events that you’ve described happening at schools in several of your posts? My son saw one and hasn’t stopped talking about it since!

A: Richard Allport Artist: Only that if you’re at a local school keep your eyes peeled and don’t blink or you’ll miss them!

Q8: Can you upload any videos of the model making processes you use?

A: Richard Allport Artist: There are several “making of” videos being edited at the moment that will be uploaded to our video channel that you can watch and download for free. Check back soon to check them out!

Q9: Do you work with recommended suppliers of the hardware and software you teach and use?

A: Richard Allport Artist: Yes. We’re currently in talks with the lovely people at PC World about a national deal for schools so we can supply the best hardware and software at the best price and with the best after sales service. More news of this and what decision we come to will follow…

Q 10:  Can you say any more about the potential large project with Q3 Academy mentioned in earlier posts?

A: Richard Allport Artist: ………………………………………….no………….shhh!

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Design me a Dragon animatronic puppet develops…

Richard Allport Design me a Dragon dev

If you’ve noticed things have been quiet for a while in this news section, its partly because sculpting 2000 scales takes a bit of time!

The 4-foot Dragon head for next term’s workshops has gone from a simple mock up through to finished sculpture ready for moulding.

Shown above is the head and neck in stages of sculptural development, and when cast will have mechanics to make its eyelids blink, nostrils sniff and ears twitch in addition to it gurgling smoke and spitting 5-foot jets of fire from its mouth!

Check back here for continuing progress!

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E.M.A Models


Just a quick note on the back of my receiving my clear hemispheres from EMA models today, for the Australia monster’s eyes (See below), to say what a great company they are. Most of my time in the film industry was spent making things from their brilliant range of creative model making products. The people there are very nice too and ship your order very fast!

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Australia Day Monster sculpture prep art…

Richard Allport Australia Monster Design001

After the success of Australia day at two Sandwell schools recently, I was inspired to sculpt the monster that the map shape turned into (See a couple of posts below). Based on this creature here is the first of several images created to allow the process of sculpting the form in 3D to begin. Further posts will show the progress so check back from time to time.

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Awesome distorted sculptures!

Evan Penny’s genius distorted sculptures on display in New York. Pity about the lack of sound but the visuals make up for it!

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Richard Allport in Bentley Chemical’s featurette.

Richard Allport Bentley Chemicals Feature

This month’s Bentley Chemical’s newsletter features an article on Richard Allport and his use of their amazing range of materials in making his Goblin Head for his schools lecture tour.

Check out Bentley Chemical’s services here:

Many thanks again to all the Bentley team especially Rob Price.

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Making a silicone creature head explained…

head in stages Richard Allport

Following enquiries about how the goblin head was made in the gallery section I’m posting some making of pictures showing the process involved.

Firstly for sculpting I use Plastiline, basically a professional grade plasticine which melts when warmed up instead of going dry and crumbling. This allows for the use of a heat gun and sculpting tools to be used to create the form and also allows the sculpture to be left out in the open air without drying out.

Image 1 shows the form being roughed in blobs of plastiline, based on the artwork ideas generated before (See Gallery). Shot 2 shows the slow refinement of those blobs into features and begins to give the overall head a facial expression. Shots 3 and 4 show the further refinement of this process adding eyelids, tear ducts and baggy skin where required.

Shots 5 and 6 show the refinement further of this process including the addition of horns and ears, and the blocking off of the area behind the lips to create a mouth “void” where the teeth will eventually go. Shot 7 shows the final sculpture ready for moulding.

Shot 8 shows the deconstruction of the piece ready to be moulded and the removal of the horns which will be attached to the fibreglass underskull later. Shot 9 shows the first layers of silicone being applied to create a flexible mould. The moulding process has been left out from this post as it would fill a few pages (If you require any information on this process please feel free to get in touch).

Shot 10 shows the cast silicone skin which has been painted using base transparent silicone mixed with pigment and applied in thin washes to build up colours and tones. The hair has been punched in hair by hair and the eyebrow is being set into place with hair mousse. Pinning the hair down with a fabric strip keeps it in the desired shape/ curve. To the right is the fibreglass underskull with horns attached and hand sculpted teeth made from Milliput positioned to fit in place under the silicone skin mouth area.

Shot 11 shows the almost complete finished head save for a little bit more tweaking of the right eyebrow which needed resetting.

The materials used were supplied by Bentley Chemicals ( in Kidderminster who deliver nationally and internationally. They are an amazing bunch of guys with incredible technical knowledge of their range and the patience to talk you through any areas of uncertainty you may have if you are new to making special effects monsters or creatures.

I hope this breakdown has helped. More info will be available in Bentley Chemical’s newsletter, which includes a feature on the making of this head which I will post a link to shortly on its release.

Materials breakdown.

Skin– Smooth on “Dragon Skin” mixed with silicone pigments and flocking powder. Eyes and horns– Smooth on “Fast Cast” liquid plastic. Eyes painted with acrylic paint and given dozens of coats of lacquer. Teeth– Hand made from Milliput epoxy ( Hair– Real human hair from any beauty suppliers. Underskull– Isopon P40 car filler fibre glass paste.

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