Green Lantern Hologram Series - Base light Picture

Many, many moons ago, I developed a pitch for a series of 1:6 scale busts based on the various characters that comprise the Green Lantern mythology in the DC Universe. This was right at the time that DC was doing their "War of Light" story line and all the new different colored lantern factions were popping up. Being a fan of Green Lantern, and also just shiny things that light up, I jumped at the chance to stick my chocolate directly into DC's peanut butter.

So the central concept behind The Hologram Series line of busts was to depict the various Lantern characters as simulated holograms projected up from the centers of their power rings. Creating tactile holograms is the focus of every Lantern’s power, so designing a line of busts with that as the defining element seems like a natural fit. These were to be “busts” in the most classical sense of the word in that all characters would be cropped at the shoulders and immediately descend into a faceted diamond pattern that connected the portrait to the base. Since so very little of each character’s body was being shown, each portrait was to be done in a photo-realistic style, packed with detail to fully capture the essence of the character, as though each one was a real person stepping out of the comic pages and into our world.

To conjure the hologram illusion, each piece in the series was be cast in a translucent colored resin with small amounts of pearlescent flake suspended in it for an additional bit of magical effect when the flake would catch the light as you're seeing here.

Alas, While incredibly well received, this series was not meant to be since we could never close the deal on it for a number of reasons. I still toy with going back to it and sculpting new pieces for fun when I have some free time, but as of yet I've been unable able to stumble across any of this mythical free time...

Green Lantern, all associated characters, and story elements - copyright DC Comics.

Concept, Sculpt, Mold/Cast, Paint, Photography all by Walter O'Neal


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