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OHPROMATEMTM
 
       On the third satellite of Alpha Centauri, an experiment in cloning went awry, giving birth to “METAMORPHO” and his twin sister “OHPROMATEM”.  Mirror images of one another, they are opposite in every way.  “Right” in one is “left” in the other.  Thus, the “Good” in METAMORPHO became “Evil” in his sister.  The cloning process never ended.  Therefore, both the twins are able to transform themselves at will to take on the appearance of any creature in the Universe, except, ironically, each other.  Being as different as night and day, each went their separate way, setting forth, many centuries ago; one, intending to explore the Universe, the other, to exploit it.  By taking on the physical characteristics of the most hideous inhabitants of the different worlds she visits, OHPROMATEM is able to stalk among them, making mischief.  In her soul, as black as coal, she dreams of meeting and defeating METAMORPHO.  Thus, OHPROMATEM searches through the vast reaches of Outer Space, seeking to discover the one face she cannot replicate, that of her twin brother.

         
OHPROMATEM lost his window of opportunity, although, he was a clever variation!   But Wait!  Maybe it’s not too late!  Being a master of transformation, he metamorphosed into a woman!  Will he be more attractive that way?  Of all the New Outer Space Women, she is both the simplest and most complicated, and, in some ways, the one that I find most exciting.  Why?  Because of the innovative lighting!

         
She uses Terra Firma’s upper torso, so all she needs is a new head.  Her neck piece is already ready for Metamorpho’s helmet.  I chose three faces that were drawn up for her when she was a man.  And they are three ugly ones.  I didn’t want to waste space with a basic female face.  Let’s face it; does anybody display Metamorpho with his human-like face showing?  No!  Compared to the two creature faces, it is boring.  So I said, “The hell with It!”, and went with the basic skull, a black widow spider (that’s a female), and a sort of devil demon.  All three lend themselves to dramatic lighting.  A female face does not.  But if you think it man-datory to have a pretty girl, one of those heads can be replaced.  Of course, what would really be exciting would be an extra set of faces.
          The lighting is the exciting part.  The basic figure, like the corrected version of Metamorpho, will need to be transparent.   And it will be painted black and white, in reverse order.   This will give a nice bright white, and will also permit exciting lighting.   A little experimenting will be required.  If you would like me to work out the head paint, I’ll be glad to do it.  The head and helmet will be critical.   And the back of her torso will need to have a large area unpainted to illuminate her Belly Button, formerly on Mystron’s chest, and the two unpainted circles on OHPROMATEM’S chest.   Eric, so far, you have been daring with Terra Firma. I hope you will have no objection to leaving two small areas unpainted!  The same paint mask will be used on the female Inferno figure.
         The area hidden behind her bellybutton should remain unpainted to better emit light, and black paint should also stop at the two small dots on her breasts.  The unpainted area, on her back of her torso, will emit light to illuminate these elements.  An area on the upper back part of her helmet must remain unpainted too, to emit the light that will illuminate the eyes of all three faces.  The balls on Mystron’s weapons came out fantastic.  That kind of transparent color is essential to this concept working.  I’d like to see the balls on her weapons, the ball on her head and her belly button rendered in a rich warm purple, like the one that Matt, sometimes, molds pieces in.  The dots on her chest should be painted that transparent color too.  The open area on her back might be that color as well. This will, perhaps, give the purple of her chest and tummy extra intensity.  It might even be enough to paint the open back that color, and let it color her breasts, like the color in Electron +, Cosmic Creators II colors his transparent head.

       
  The same quality of transparent color should be used on elements of her face.  A carefully determined area on the back of her helmet will remain clear of any paint.  There is a section above the heads that also does not show in the round window.  The head will depend on transparent colors.  There will be a base coat of silver, to supply the opaque and as an undercoat, and reflect light on the interior.

         
The demon face will then get an overcoat of red orange and that same color will be sprayed over the sculls red eyes, and also at the top and back of the head opposing them.  Yellow transparent on the devils  eyes and on the open top behind them.

          
The scull will be painted white, with black in the eyes and nose, leaving the eyes to glow red.  These eyes, by the way, should be distinctly sculpted with the red areas raised, so they will clear the black paint.  Red also on the clear part of the head, at the top, behind, it will make the eyes glow redder.   The spider eyes will be transparent blue with color at the top back too.  This is hard to explain.  It would be a lot easier to just let me paint it, or send me a transparent copy of the head helmet and torso, and I’ll work it out.
         Last of all, I want to point out a curiosity that I mentioned to you before.  I sent you the art, below, a long time ago, and I’m sure it is lost and forgotten, by now.  Below, is the original type panel from the original Metamorpho package, which you reproduced on the current package.  Below that, is the same header with the letters of his name printed backwards.  But, more curiously, all the colors are created by simply pressing the inverse button on the computer. Like Metamorpho and his Sister, they are completely opposite.  The colors on the OHPROMATEM label are simply the original colors, reversed.  It’s all natural.  Only the line of purple type has been artificially colored.        
          Well, that’s it!  It sounds complicated, but is actually simple. It's just hard to explain!  It’s all done with paint, and the lack of it.  It was Paul’s brilliant touch of using transparent clear PVC to get a pure clean white on Metamorpho, and that great transparent paint he used on weapons that led to this idea. 
 
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      Ohpromatem
        
I did make some pretty self-explanatory changes to the faces. The lighting on this is going to be fantastic. Eric when the sculpting is done, if you would send me a couple transparent heads, a transparent helmet and a chest piece. I will work out the final lighting and face colors. As I see it, a Cosmic Collectors version of these is unlikely, so I would like to make sure the light and colors are perfect, especially, on this figure.
         
Looks like you cast it in purple for the show. That’s not what I had in mind. It should be modeled after the updated Metamorpho, clear, to get a nice white. Then the purple parts would be painted with, hopefully, as good a purple as Metamorpho’s pink. This gives the colored balls a transparency that’s almost as good as styrene. The joints will be white, body and helmet gloss black, with an unpainted space to be determined, through experimentation, on the helmet and the back. That protruding connector that I see in the side view of Horroscope, might be enough to leave free of black. But it might be sprayed purple, along with her nipples, to give a nice intense color before the black is added.
         
The chest emblem and top knob need not be cast, especially, in purple, or clear for just those two tiny parts. They could use the same pink as Astrodite or Horroscope, and be sprayed purple. But the stem of the ball on top will be unpainted, so it won't screw up the inner head colors too much; they can survive pink, although clear would, of course, be better.
         
The scull will have some areas painted black, the nose, eye sockets and side areas. the eyes will be transparent red. These are the sweet spots, so the eyeball dots should be well defined and a little larger, as I have indicated in the computer drawing. His face might be white of silver of pearl. I will experiment with translucent pearl or silver . The demon will have transparent yellow eyes and perhaps that nice orange you used on Horroscope for his face, his tongue will be the pink used on Metamorpho.
         
That is one of the bigger changes to the sculpt: The tongue was intended to be a light up element. I reinserted it.
        
I moved his upper face and eyes up some to make room for the open mouth. I hope the drawing explains. The pupils and their lines should be slightly sculpted in. My original drawing played them down in an effort to indicate light. They are subtle.
         
IMPORTANT: all the faces will be unpainted above the round window line, and might have some color, the same as opposite eyes, added. It is important to add to the top areas as much as you are able, inside the helmet, the more area that you can create there, the more light it will gather. I eliminated the extra horns on demon as they won't show and will give us more blank space.
        
The scull is altered quite a lot, after seeing photos of it in the helmet, I raised and enlarged his eyes and elongated his lower jaw.  In the examples below the actual sculpt is on the left.  My computer visualizations of how it should look, when the corrections are done, is on the right .
Ohpromatem



I did make some pretty self-explanatory changes to the faces.  The lighting on this is going to be fantastic.  Eric when the sculpting is done, if you would send me a couple transparent heads, a transparent helmet and a chest piece.  I will work out the final lighting and face colors.  As I see it, a Cosmic Collectors version of these is unlikely, so I would like to make sure the light and colors are perfect, especially, on this figure.



Looks like you cast it in purple for the show.  That’s not what I had in mind.  It should be modeled after the updated Metamorpho, clear, to get a nice white.  Then the purple parts would be painted with, hopefully, as good a purple as Metamorpho’s pink. This gives the colored balls a transparency that’s almost as good as styrene.  The joints will be white, body and helmet gloss black, with an unpainted space to be determined, through experimentation, on the helmet and the back. That protruding connector that I see in the side view of Horroscope, might be enough to leave free of black.  But it might be sprayed purple, along with her nipples, to give a nice intense color before the black is added.



The chest emblem and top knob need not be cast, especially, in purple, or clear for just those two tiny parts.  They could use the same pink as Astrodite or Horroscope, and be sprayed purple.  But the stem of the ball on top will be unpainted, so it won't screw up the inner head colors too much; they can survive pink, although clear would, of course, be better.



The scull will have some areas painted black, the nose, eye sockets and side areas.  the eyes will be transparent red.  These are the sweet spots, so the eyeball dots  should be well defined and a little larger, as I have indicated in the computer drawing.  His face might be white of silver of pearl.  I will experiment with translucent pearl or silver .  The demon will have transparent yellow eyes and perhaps that nice orange you used on Horroscope for his face, his tongue will be the pink used on Metamorpho.



That is one of the bigger changes to the sculpt: The tongue was intended to be a light up element.  I reinserted it.



I moved his upper face and eyes up some to make room for the open mouth.  I hope the drawing explains.  The pupils and their lines should be slightly sculpted in.  My original drawing played them down in an effort to indicate light.  They are subtle.



IMPORTANT: all the faces will be unpainted above the round window line, and might have some color, the same as opposite eyes, added.  It is important to add to the top areas as much as you are able, inside the helmet, the more area that you can create there, the more light it will gather.  I eliminated the extra horns on demon as they won't show and will give us more blank space.



The scull is altered quite a lot, after seeing photos of it in the helmet, I raised and enlarged his eyes and elongated his lower jaw.



The spider. Here the eyes are everything; I don’t much care about the rest.  The fix might not be too difficult.  Just cut off his whole face , a triangular slice.  Then cut off the bottom rim, and move the whole thing down.  Then add more head to the top to catch the light.  I wanted to place the eyes right in the window.  The eyes have all been made larger, and please make sure they are nice and symmetrical and round.



If I had to try to sculpt this, and others, I would  have found some plastic beads or balls, as I often did in the past, and sculpted  the head around them.  Maybe the eyes will be more perfectly round when the molds are engraved.



Please note: I have eliminate all the lower ridges, they really serve no purpose , the missing areas will be painted black.  All this sounds complex and it is!  I hope the drawings help.



         The spider. Here the eyes are everything; I don’t much care about the rest. The fix might not be too difficult. Just cut off his whole face , a triangular slice. Then cut off the bottom rim, and move the whole thing down. Then add more head to the top to catch the light. I wanted to place the eyes right in the window. The eyes have all been made larger, and please make sure they are nice and symmetrical and round.
       
  If I had to try to sculpt this, and others, I would have found some plastic beads or balls, as I often did in the past, and sculpted the head around them. Maybe the eyes will be more perfectly round when the molds are engraved.
         
Please note: I have eliminate all the lower ridges, they really serve no purpose , the missing areas will be painted black. All this sounds complex and it is! I hope the drawings help.
Eric,
         
Wow I have been at this all day.
      
   I really hate to always seem so critical. these latest heads are just a hair away from perfect. I’m not worried about any of them. And if I was standing over your shoulder we could make these minor corrections is under 5 minutes, but instead here I go again another production number that may take me all day, as usual, to create.
       
I am convinced that if you were creating the OSM twice up like Power Lords, none of this would have been necessary from the very start. That, if anything, was our one mistake. I guess it would have been difficult to make the pieces fit Glyos working twice up, with no Glyos experience. Now that you have the routine down pat I guess it is more easily doable. I see my role as merely supplying an extra eye to magnify small imperfections that wouldn’t be happening in a larger size, and therefore imposing higher standards than the small size of the sculptures would ordinarily allow.
        
Having said all that, the one overriding issue, always a point with me, is Symmetry! Everybody sees cockeyed. I have a tendency to tip much worse that you. That is why I always had to sculpt with a mirror in front of me.
         
When I was working on Baby Face I spent more time looking at the 35 heads in the mirror than I did viewing the them directly. So what is my role here? Let me be your mirror! Please take a look at the Scull and the Demon head especially and as I flip the image , THINK SYMMETRY!
         
They are both tipping quite surprisingly. They slant like handwriting.
         
This photo above is straight and everything shown as is, the lower one is flipped, which is the same as seeing it in a mirror. surprising isnt it!
 
          The second version (MOUSE OVER) shows where I have added lines that point out where things are out of the horizontal and vertical and the degree that they are leaning, again the bottom photo is the same as the one above it only reversed as in a mirror, I drew the lines only one time.
        
      
  Here are the new heads compared to my computer drawings.
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         And so it went, but in the end it was worth it, I believe.  Here is the end result.  Please forgive the messiness.  I couldn’t obtain the proper transparent ink.  So, a lot of the transparency had to be done with a brush.  But this is just a guide for painting, and hopefully, the production models will be perfect.
          And so it went, but in the end it was worth it, I believe.  Here is the end result.  Please forgive the messiness of this.  I couldn’t obtain the proper transparent ink.  So, a lot of the transparency had to be done with a brush.  But this is just a guide for painting, and hopefully, the production models will be perfect.