“The Creature from the Black Lagoon” is a 1950s horror classic and starred an amphibian-like humanoid with the same name. The creature, also called the Gill-man, is considered one the classic Universal Monsters.
Our 3D-printed Creature from the Black Lagoon displays the creature emerging from a muddy swamp—the murky water and muck are up to the creature’s thighs. The model has a lot of detail showing the scales of the creature and leaves and sticks on the ground. Magic Water, a clear liquid that hardens to look like water, was used on portions of the model, giving it a wet appearance.
- Designer: Kelly Root
- Number of Layers: 960
- Layer Resolution: 89 Microns (Slightly thinner than a human hair.)
- Build time: 4 hours, 32 minutes.
- Dimensions: 5.5 x 3.8 x 6.2 inches.
- Printer: ProJet 660Pro
- Material: Full-color, sandstone-like material
- Software: Maya for the modeling. Photoshop for the textures.
Fun Character Facts:
- Marilyn Monroe expressed sympathy for the Creature from the Black Lagoon in the movie “The Seven Year Itch.”
- The Creature from the Black Lagoon more recently had a cameo appearance on “The Simpson’s,” when he emerged from Lake Springfield.
- There are rumors Universal is remaking The Creature from the Black Lagoon and it should be released this year (2014).
“This character is supposed to appear somewhat wet as he’s just walking out of the water,” said Root. “Obviously with sandstone that’s not possible by itself, so I spent more time than usual with textures trying to add highlights and shadows to make it appear more like he’s wet.”