Recently I had the opportunity to digitally restore one of my favourite childhood characters from the film, 'Small Soldiers'.
Major Chip Hazard.
Using a hi-res scan of a screen-used hero prop made by Stan Winston Studios, I was able to clean up and separate the parts in Zbrush while keeping as close to the original sculpt as possible. There were many different versions of the puppet made for the film, one's with puppetry rods and wires, self contained animatronics and foam stunt versions. My version is more focused towards the artists original intent of the character without any of those 'production' elements being present.
Of course the head is much different compared to the scan because of the way the silicone had deformed over time. So I had to look through separate reference and sculpt a new head from scratch.
I then projected the original paintjob back on, only touching up in parts where over the last 25 years he had gotten quite dirty.
It's been such a fun personal project to bring him back to life. I've learnt alot along the way and there's certainly parts I'd like to have done differently. But overall I'm proud of the way he came out, but most of all I hope it does justice to the original artists work.