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    Dragon lamp

    hi guys
    I'm toward the end of my last project

    Long story short
    I wanted to Experience with building molds
    and i I found someone who's willing to invest the project : statue of a dragon head
    the head will be hollow and will contain a green LED seems Through: Eyes, mouth ,Ears and the nostrils


    I dont going to post here how I did the molds becuse i that a lot of mistakes on the way (The best way to learn )

    If you are looking for a good tutorial on how to make mold I recommend:
    http://conceptart.org/forums/showthr...aking-tutorial

    My client paid me $ 500 advance
    And materials i purchased to make the molde Cost 551$
    So I started with a loss of 51$ and wanted to minimize the damage to my pocket
    So I used the materials that were available to me and was free.

    In the backyard of the factory where I worked Layed a block of polyurethane (Low density)



    After I decided on the raw material
    I started to plan my dragon so i made ​​a small statue of the dragon head


    I took a picture of of the statue and I printed it in the scale i wanted on a A4 pages



    useing a saw i Cut the block in the basice shape


    and started to shape the third dimension at first I took rough parts with a knife and then I started to sand with sandpaper





    Polyurethane is a breathing carcinogen so I started to use breathing mask





    with a high density polyurethane i created connection points that will help me later to connect all the piecesin the end









    Because thet the low-density polyurethane is very gritty looking for a cheaper way to smooth the surface so i used a candles wax called paraffin (mix it with pastel color)












    I ordered from Ebay LED
    and driver for the LED frome DX



    for the eyes i ordered Flashlight lens 23 mm

    I found online the type of eye I wanted,and printed it in the size I wanted 1:1





    Now I'll skip the molding part because I did a lot of mistakes and as said at the beginning If you are looking for a good tutorial on how to make mold I recommend:
    http://conceptart.org/forums/showthr...aking-tutorial


    Next picture it's when all the pieces are the hollow plastic duplicates
    so before i start the pointing I need to spray them with a layer of base color




    after the base color i start with the mouth
    then i put all the pieces together and started to paint













    The next step is to install the LED in the head thin add some shadows to the scales on his neck and i finished

    You can find more photos in my album on Facebook
    But everything is written in Hebrew
    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...8953895&type=3

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    wooow, fantastic! awesome work! And great wip!
    Just a very small comment, I think that the paint is a little bit too shiny, a more mat finish would be more realistic. Perhaps will you dry brush with a lighter color at the end?

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    Hey thanks for the feedback I agree with you that i I should use mat coloers but as i sayed at the start:
    "So I started with a loss of 51$ and wanted to minimize the damage to my pocket"

    so I had acrylic paints in reach and i use it

    Something the i didnt want to say at the beginning is :
    this is my fourth statue(i ever sculpe)
    and the first time I really painting something with airbrush (not just doing experiments)

    so if you got some feedback i'll like to hear, I keeping an open mind

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    You could always buy a can of mat shellac and ghost a coat over it to knock the shine down, but you might lose depth in the paint. I like it as is.

    www.findphil.com for a look at my older stuff
    www.facebook.com/vig.illustrationgraphics for recent stuff
    http://velikan.tumblr.com/ for the latest up-to-the-minute stuff, and process nonsense
    And finally, http://www.here-there-be-monsters.net/ is the place to be if you want to buy some of my work that has been kitted by the talented hand of Dave.
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    good lord, whatcha got there, 8-2 wire? LOL!
    Maybe it just looks huge in the pic. It's sort of like a cord for a vacuum in the other ones.
    Either way, it looks fabulous lit up!


    www.findphil.com for a look at my older stuff
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    http://velikan.tumblr.com/ for the latest up-to-the-minute stuff, and process nonsense
    And finally, http://www.here-there-be-monsters.net/ is the place to be if you want to buy some of my work that has been kitted by the talented hand of Dave.
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    Wow, i love the dragon sculptures, you have moulded really well!!, nice realistic outcome! Well Done

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    It DOES look impressive. Congratz dude.

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    That was an incredible trip through your creative process. I can really appreciate all the work that goes into doing something like this. I love the way it turned out. Great job!!

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