AN INTERVIEW WITH RAVEN HOOD page 2
If you did the throne sled, did it take an incredible amount of time to do all the
Hood: YES!! I usually carve accessories in order to make them
more symmetrical and precise. But Rygel's chair has no sharp
edges or corners. It's symmetrical with asymmetric details that
are all organic. I am not sure I want to admit how much time
went into it. I am very happy with it though. I broke the
original into two halves so I could sculpt while looking at both
sides at the same time. This allowed me to place the piece back
to back or bottom to bottom, etc and match details that would
have been difficult in one piece.
views of the magnificent throne sled accessory, sculpt and
finished. Click on the images for a larger view
Do you have control of what
happens to the figure once the sculpt is
Hood: Not always, I have friends that insist on keeping their
originals but often they don't age well and collect dust if they
make it through molding. If I mold them and have time they
usually come out pretty well. I have all the Farscape stuff I
have done and some of the other masters at the moment. I have
kept most of my masters and have trouble finding space for them.
Did you design the paint
Hood: No but they did ask for my input. My personal painter
(Suzanne Lundquist) did the Rygel that was on display at Toy
Fair and Eddie Wires did the paint masters for the final toy
with guidance from Henson and a little input from me. I think
Henson only ask for my input on painting since I have probably
spent more time studying Rygel than anyone outside the
production ever should.
me the head of Rygel XVI
Is anything lost going from your sculpture to the final
Hood: Yes! Some detail is lost in production. It's generally
pretty good though. The scale reduction really makes the change
noticeable. But I think working two-up makes the likenesses a
little easier to approve.
Would you rather sculpt the
clothing with the figure? Why or why not?
Hood: That depends, usually yes cause it allow you to sculpt
wrinkles and textures to scale. With Rygel we went with a
textile costume in order to allow his legs and arms to be
articulate. This was much better than having him glued in the
chair. Though it seems few people that buy toys actually play
with them anymore, you have a lot more that you can do with
Rygel. But I do wish we didn't have to make some compromises.
What was the most difficult
thing about creating Rygel?
Hood: Probably the chair and his facial hair. His facial hair is
so subtle and the toy is so small. It was very tricky to do it
right and make everybody happy!
Looking back, is there
anything you'd have done differently?
Hood: I could have done better budgeting on this one. Seriously
its just too easy to look back and think of cool things I could
have done. I wish his number one collar had closed better but
that was a production issue.
Besides the Aeryn Mutation
and the next Aeryn figure, what other Farscape figures are in
the works and which ones will you be sculpting?
Hood: Well there was a new Crichton planned but I am not sure
now. You would have to ask Toy Vault or Henson.
I am working on Muppets for another toy line . Look for Dr Teeth
and the Electric Mayhem Band later this year. I just finished
If given the opportunity to
sculpt anything or anyone as an action figure, who or what would it be?
Farscape or the world? As far as Farscape goes I would still
like to sculpt Crichton (Ben Browder). Chiana (Gigi Edgley)
would be fun but I think the pose I like would only be produced
as a cold cast figure. Would be a very cool figure though. Then
there is always Pilot. But I think every sculptor that has
worked on Farscape so far has asked about Pilot.
the rest of the world there are lots of subjects I like: Meg
Ryan, Yancy Butler, Sean Connery, David Bowie, Laurel &
Hardy, and other classic comedians. Not many of Terry Gilliams
characters have been done. And I am a big fan of many of the
comic artist who became popular in 70's and 80's like Mike
Kaluta, Bernie Wrightson and Bill Stout.
could think of many more including lots of my own ideas but
there will never be enough time or money. I have been very lucky
to do some of the things I have done. Working with companies
like the Henson Company and Disney has been a real treat. And I
have to thank companies like Toy Vault for giving me the
Again, thank you so much for
answering all of these questions.
Hood: It was my pleasure!
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