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    Hi, I'm new

    Hi, everyone. I'd like to say this is my first sculpt, but actually I'm hoping it's the first sculpt that I won't throw into the crawlspace under my house as soon as I get discouraged and give up. I figure I'll be more likely to finish something if I take pictures of it and post it on the internet and suffer ridicule and get outed as a chump if I give up on it and start on something else.

    Anyway, the idea is a gargoyle. It will sit on my desk at work and my business cards will sit in slots in its back, sort of like wings. You can tell I've already deviated from my original drawing, but I really like this pose better anyway. And, yeah, add clay-bake-add clay is probably a bad idea, but I have a horrible bad habit of sticking my fingers in whatever I'm working on and ruining it so I'm just going to go ahead and do it anyway. I figure if I bake a mistake, a few minutes with my dremel tool will alleviate the problem.

    So, without further ado, here is is. Advice and critiques are appreciated.
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    It's looking neat so far.

    I have the same motivation problems, I hope it works out better for you than me.

    When you get the time, I'd love to see more of that concept sketch in the background, an idea of where you're heading?
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    I agree about the sketch. The general forms are looking great though. The asymmetry in the pose adds another level of interest which is great.
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    Welcome The concept (fromm what can be seen) looks neat and by far the stance and muscles look OK, keep it up
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    Hey guys. Unfortunately I didn't work on this at all yesterday. But here's some progress, along with a better shot of the concept sketch:

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    I'm ready to continue on it, probably with the level of detail you see in the leg there. Probably a little underachieving, but I'm more interested in finishing this than any profound level of detail. Also, inside of the leg:

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    Looks like you're off to a good start. Neat creature design by the way, and I like the idea of it serving as a business card holder.
    And don't worry about getting made fun of here, I have yet to see anyone around these forums making fun of anyone else's honest efforts.
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    I forgot to take pictures of it before putting it in the oven. Just imagine it with two legs instead of one.

    Also, thanks for all the encouragement, guys. It helps.

    EDIT: I was planning to leave it in the oven over night, but I got hungry and decided I needed a bagel. I'm sure making a bagel in the same toaster oven that you cook a sculpture is a sure fire recipe for cancer, but I'm willing to take that risk for great polymer-flavored bagels.

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    So far I've been working on it three hours a night which is about my limit for paying attention to something that isn't a video game. My biggest problem is seeing how much better the second leg is than the first and trying to stop myself from going back and redoing it, as this will lead me to getting discouraged and tossing it aside.

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    I've never spent so long looking at gargoyle ass.

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    Over tonight and last night I got half an arm done.
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    Does it look too small? It's hard to tell until I've left it alone for a few hours and gotten my sense of perspective back.
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    Great start. keep going with it.
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    Thanks, the encouragement really helps
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    The arm looks about the right scale in the 1st pic, but maybe a little too small in the others. It also looks as if the bicep and tricep are a bit too over-exaggerated. There seems to be too much 'pinch' where the arm joins the shoulder. Remember that there are numerous other muscles in the upper arm that help bulk out the other areas. Looking great all in all. Should be a wonderful piece to have on your desk.
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    I have only one miserable cel phone picture to show for the last few days' work.

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    I've torn it down and rebuilt it a few times. I did fix that bicep though.
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    I'd suggest to do the overall anatomy first to get a clear picture of the forms. Then work in the details from there. That way you can quickly get the shapes in and then work your way inwards from there. Keep it up
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