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Of all the Seers on the Planet Saturn, XODIAC’S daughter, “HORROSCOPE” is the most all-seeing. A “Third Eye” in the middle of her forehead, enables her to scope out intergalactic events, not only “in the here and now”, but also in the distant future. Nothing escapes her penetrating gaze. Her powerful intuition enables her to predict the course of Destiny, month by month, and day by day. Her nose for news, and other people’s business, can sniff out scandalous behavior, not only, on her native planet Saturn, but also on far distant Worlds, light years away. Tuning her Crystal Scepter to the vibrations that resonate from the biggest satellite dish in the Universe, Saturn’s Majestic Rings, HORROSCOPE can” ring up” her interstellar friends, to hear the gossip of the Stars, from Jupiter to Mars, and “dish the dirt”, across the Gulf of Outer Space
This page and the few that follow have been updated. Here we are, a long time later, and Horroscope and a few other figures have been sculpted, and the first wave of them have come to Earth, already, disguised as Gummy Bears. Also sculpted is one young lady, Astrodite, who will most likely never make it here. But she will be also included so you can see how close she came. So, here is this page, as it was in the beginning, discussing Horoscope’s name. That will be followed by the sculpting and then some more updated photographs, captured on the Planet SATURN.
“HORROSCOPE”, I was not completely sold on this name, but it relates to XODIAC, and, therefore, so does she. An alternate was “Astro-Logical”. But that name implies brains, wisdom and clear thinking, and might be better saved for use on a future character that better embodies those traits. Update: future characters? Sorry, my mistake!
As you can see, I was riding on my recycle. This head was too good not to use again, not that it had been used a first time. Here is the problem I was faced with: Xodiac is an abstraction. So introducing a human looking female that qualifies as “attractive” in human terms, would be both illogical and comical, not to mention arbitrary. Also, I happen to love this head. With its reverse helmet, it was too good to waste. I also saw a way to make her eyes light up! You know I love that stuff! So, this previously unnamed character now became a female.
What was needed was a head of unearthly demeanor that could look vaguely feminine. Looking at her, from afar, I realized that those snorkels reminded me of the curly locks of Shirley Temple. Yes, she could clearly be a female. Her allure is subliminal.
The head would have to be made in two parts to be moldable, besides it was more fun that way. Imagine the bottom part with Orbitron’s brain. The helmet is the same, but turned around.
The basic PVC color would be a nice bright red or red-orange. The head and joints were warm blue paint. The body was to be metallic red. An area on the back of the head remained unpainted, with an interesting shape. This allowed the three large eyes to illuminate! As it’s all there, the possibility that her bellybutton , which still had to be fabricated, as something must fill the hole in her tummy, could have lit up. Or it could have just been an oval disk with an image of Saturn printed on it, as the one on Xodiac’s chest. Or it might have become a flat oval dusk with the area surrounding the planet painted, so the flat image of the planet could light up. This might have been a nice change! And as the potential is there, her chest might have lit up too. In the end I eliminated all of the above, and just painted the emblem gold and blue.
The colors were planned to be the same as the earlier drawing below. Her scepter and weapon were to be the same color as her helmet, which is what Xodiac’s accessories are now.
MOUSE OVER TO SEE BACK OF CARD
These were my suggestions to Eric:
Eric this looks Great, just as it is, but a little rough. It could use some cleaning up.
As usual, I am a big fan of symmetrical. Except on the tentacles which are good as is. Sculpting on those looks a little quick in places, but still OK. You spoiled me with those perfect scales on Colossus Rex. And a few suggestions that you may or may not be able to do. Only you can see how it fits inside that helmet or does not.
On the face, Please make the eyes pure round so when they light up the contours are perfect. The bottom two the same size. The top one may be a little smaller from what I can make out. The shape and contour of the eyes will become very apparent when the lights are on, so they should be perfect and well placed. Also please clean up the rims around them so they are as uniform and perfect as you can make them, the kind of symmetry that Xodiac displays. He is a Gem!
First possible change: could you tip the rims on the two bottom eyes back on an angle slightly to give more peripheral vision, and so more of the round eyeballs show from the side. This will take up less space inside the helmet
Second: maybe not possible , could the two breathing tubes on his face tip inward just a little? Instead of pointing straight forward, like headlights? If it won’t fit, never mind. I’m talking about something very subtle .
Refine the three nose tubes below his central eye to make them symmetrical, and the central one the wider of the three.
Equalize the ear tip on the left, his right ear.
Could the ears sweep back a little, as shown in the overlay, or will that take up too much room? The face is very frontal I was hoping the ears and tipped eye frames would carry it around towards the back.
What happens in the back? Maybe the tubes can continue to a central point, tipping into body in the center, or connected to a tube or something. Anything you want to do that’s interesting. Right now that area looks flat and unresolved. But , of course I can’t really see it from the side.
Horroscope looks great. Please turn her around and examine the back of her head. Then compare it to Xodiac. Rather than this general bowling pin shape please supply a crease or something, not only more interesting but she will relate a little more to Xodiac back there. Also please make sure the perimeter of the eyes are clearly incised, there is a slight mushiness about the lower round contour of the upper eye. These defining lines are necessary as the eyes are to light up and the contrast will be clear.
Here she is, Horoscope with all the changes made!