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Gabriel Landowski Fezian Inactive Member29 Nov 2016 5:57 p.m. PST


I've recently started sculpting for production but have no idea about the business.

What are common terms for sculptors and those who produce miniatures? Do you sell the sculpts or retain ownership of them? Licensing? Other terms and conditions I should be aware of?

Just trying to learn the trade from this end of the production line.


The H Man09 Feb 2017 8:09 p.m. PST

Terms (money?, rule of thumb is $10 USD (or pound) per 1mm. So around $280 USD for a 28mm figure. Of course experience of the sculptor, complexity of the figure and budget of the client can affect this.

Typically, if your asked to sculpt something by a client, they would retain ownership. But I'm not a lawyer. If you sculpt if by your self and then sell it, you can decide if rights go with it or not, just be clear with the person buying it. Typically greens are sold to be cast and sold, so it is usually assumed all rights go with the figure.

You can license the rights. Maybe get some legal advice if you plan to, and a contract.

Bother and darn are two terms to be familiar with. Greens are the master sculptures.

Good luck.

sclptrjoel Inactive Member01 Mar 2017 1:48 p.m. PST

Been a free lance sculptor since 1981--I started out sculpting miniature figures. It served me well as a rigorous way tp learn anatomy and production techniques. As for who owns rights: generally, the people who commissioned the work from you own the rights. It's called "work for hire." It is no different than if you were drawing cards for Hallmark at one of their offices every day. If you sculpt some masters on speculation then you might be able to license rights to a company to produce them. Generally, though, nobody will go for that. Who wants to keep up with the paperwork for how many of each were sold when for how much and what percentage goes to you., etc, etc.

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