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April 26th, 2008 #1
Vulgar Dragon's Sculpture Gallery- Snapping Turtle
Hi, I'm Mike and welcome to my sculpting thread. I have been sculpting on and off since I was a kid, starting with play doh and modeling clay. Up to until recently, I was sculpting with modeling clay and regular sculpey. I am looking to improve my skills and also get acquainted with other sculpting medium and techniques, including mold making and casting. And sell lots and get rich...(I can dream, right?)
I am starting this thread with my current project, a model of Triceratops. This is my first time I have made anything this detailed.
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from what i see its pretty good so far. can i ask you why is the head grey? is it diffrent clay or did u make it eralier and burn it?
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I made the body under there first out of regular sculpey and then added some grey super sculpey over it and baked it...I am putting pink clay over it for the skin and texture. I will be covering the head up last.
Yeah, I know...a lot of people might not like the idea of a penile sheath on dinosaurs. You are probably right about that dinosaurs had cloaca...but nobody really knows for sure. Considering how big and massive they were, and with that big tail in the way...they may have had some kind of adaption for reproduction that is different from birds or reptiles. Oh well, no big deal...it can hardly be seen unless someone turns the sculpture over.
I am modeling it after Indian rhinos, that have their skin wrinkled and folded to look like plate armor. Hence, the saggy skin. I will be adding scales and bumps soon.
Keep the comments coming...I appreciate it.
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August 24th, 2008 #7
Sigh...it's been a while since my last post. I had too many things going on lately, and the poor thing sat on the shelf for months and the sculpey had dried out. It developed ugly cracks all over and is leathery hard. Well, I am trying to fix it as best as I can and finish the darn thing. Here are the progress shots of it so far. I am currently working on finishing the texture and the scales on the body...the tail and head will be worked on last. I am letting my imagination run a little wild here and taking a liberal approach to its appearance. Crits and comments welcome as always.
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August 24th, 2008 #8
this is very nice, love the texturing and your sense of design. keep it up, can't wait to see more.
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August 25th, 2008 #9
I think it's looking sweet. Keep it up. I like the artistic license you've taken.
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August 26th, 2008 #10
Beautiful! I've always been a fan of the triceratops and this is an awesome sculpture! Keep it up, can't wait to see it when it's finished!
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August 27th, 2008 #11
This is awesome. So much detail and he is so massive looking. How do you smooth out all the little bumps on the skin? Every time I try it, I seem to mash them too much...but I don't want to leave the tiny hard edges or little clumps. I cant wait to see him all done and painted!
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August 27th, 2008 #12
Soulwraith- I used a mix of technique to make the bumps. Some are little balls of clay randomly placed and then flattened slightly. I brush some alcohol on it to melt it a bit, so it will blend. Most of the other bumps were made either with a homemade stamp tool or hand-drawn with either a needle tool or a dental pick.
It's tedious work...I spent few hours on it last night and was only able to finish part of one side.
August 27th, 2008 #13
Thanks so much! I will try alcohol...I have been using mineral spirits. I would love to sculpt a dragon of some kind...and I want to try to add more detail to a different baby sea turtle...or one of the castings of my finished one.
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alcohol will smoothen the surface a bit? what type? Rubbing Alcohol or actual drink Alcohol?
August 28th, 2008 #15
Just any solvent will work. 91% isopropyl alcohol, lighter fluid, or tuperoid are commonly used to smooth the sculpey (helps get rid of the loose clay, fingerprints, tool marks, etc.) Hell, vodka might work...although I haven't tried that. Which solvent you want to use depends on how strong you need to be. I think lighter fluid is pretty strong...have to be careful not to use too much or it will melt your details too much. Also, be sure to let it dry out before putting in the oven pld:
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