Tuesday, January 14, 2014

3D3 Maquette: Pacific Rim Kaiju Redesign

We were given the choice between redesigning the Kaiju or Jaeger from the movie Pacific Rim ... I wanted to challenge myself with an organic form, so I chose to create a kaiju. I have had some practice with more facetted and geometric sculpting from a previous class, so this was a great exercise! 

I was very fortunate enough to have two very talented, kind, and outgoing teachers for this class - Miles Teves and Bill Basso. The opportunity to work with professionals within the industry is always such a treat! I can never thank them enough for all of their help. 

Between their constructive criticism, lots of encouragement, and hard work on my end, my kaiju was placed in Art Center College of Design's student gallery. This is such an honor, especially since this is the 2nd time I've gotten in because of my sculptures. I hope to continue that pattern in the coming terms. 

Thank you, and please enjoy!

I created a diorama to show the scale of the forest kaiju, which is supposed to be 200 ft. tall!

I placed WWII kit models into my diorama to make it feel more authentic and to push the scale of the maquette. Here you can see a tank attempting to approach the kaiju.

This was me working on the clay stage of the model. We used a chavant clay, alongside with a two-part magic clay for the hands and feet. Very messy, but satisfying!

The wire armature on the right was my first attempt, which turned out to be too small! So I remade it in class, and the second one was good to go!

We were told a week before the class started to have a design nailed down and ready to start building on the first day. Here is my only action sketch that I had to work with for the entire maquette. The rough ortho above this was a quick way for us to start our wire armature for scale and proportion. 


  1. Chris Merritt - thank you very much! I really appreciate the kind words :)

  2. Omg!! Make a garage vinyl or resin PLEASE!!! That design is amazing! I would love to recreate this beautiful peice!