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    Red face Personal Dragon Sculpt Project

    I've been working on this sculpt for many months in my spare time, so if you asked me how many hours I put into it I wouldn't be able to tell you! But, over the past ten years I've made only 3 other huge dragons all of which I've destroyed mainly due to sheer crapness. Or the simple fact that I am a typical perfectionist. The last sculpt I took apart after spending 3 weeks trying to make it look good. But, the armature was too weak and it just went floppy. But then I tried again using copper and brass tubes, stronger wire and milliput. I made a very strong armature and I then started adding the sculpey, then ever since I've been very careful in what I do so I won't have to mess it up again. As for the design I always wanted to make a distinctive looking dragon, something different.. something that would show my style. I'm an illustrator you see, but I've always done sculpture now and again since 1995. So I wanted to do a dragon that matched my vision as well as my style so I wanted it to look like a bird and dinosaur, built like a pit bull terrier dog, and prowls like a cat. Below you'll see where I loosely based my sculpture from a painting that I did last summer called, 'NekoRyu' (Cat Dragon). I have a billion sketches of dragons coz folks.. I'm the biggest dragon freak in the world. I've always been a dinosaur freak as well, and a big animal lover so it's inspired me into doing something like this. It's no where near finsihed yet, and there are plenty of things bI could do to fix it but I'm almost there I think.

    I've poured my heart and soul into this piece and really it's for me.

    Cheers guys!

    Kenny

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    OMG

    its verry good !
    great texture, could we have detail pict ?
    the anatomy is perfect !

    Seuls l'art et la science élèvent l'homme jusqu'à la divinité.
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    Sorry for the english !
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    Many thanks mate, I truly appreciate your kind words! I've got a close up of the face but I don't think the flash on the camera gives it much justice. I'll keep updating when I can anyway, coz at the moment it's certainly looking a bit messy and patchy I think. Well, at least when the paint job's finished the textures will be a lot more visable. And the anatomy was very difficult! I took the anatomy of a dog and changed it, so it was no easy feat!

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    Beautiful!!!!!!!! one of the best sculpts i've seen!!!!

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    Sweet!

    That's Awsome
    It's one of the coolest things i have ever seen.

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    that is unreal..................(im now turning into a babbling fool)

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    Wink Woah man!

    Goog, idonotknow and messiah omega I just wanted to say a huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuge thank you for such warm words! I'm very grateful yer see because I haven't really showed anyone else apart from a few friends and family so I was a bit unsure about showing it on here.. I wasn't sure what kind of reaction I'd get. But a very positive one I've got so far and I don't know where to begin in showing my gratitude. I just hope i get the same reception when I complete the sculpt!

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    This looks like a LOT of work, and a very nice piece of work, too!
    I feel attracted to dragons

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    Wah hey!

    Hey Dorian,

    Yeah you're right.. it's real hard work but satisfying thankfully! It wasn't much fun in my first attempt though, the armature wasn't strong enough and the body was way to long and it was generally badly done, so hopefully I'm doing it right this time. But I think I'll go bonkers if it falls apart! But it caaaaan't! It won't!!

    Many thanks for your kind words, each comment is really positive giving me more confidence to do more and better! In fact I think I'll start painting it properly on Monday!

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    Lightbulb Dorian I forgot to mention..

    (About being attracted to Dragons) I've always loved Dragons. Ever since I can remember actually. When I was much younger I was always into dinosaurs watching movies like King Kong, A Million Years BC, A Land that Time Forgot etc, made me think, 'Wow.. big monsters.. woah man'.. Then my mom told me very briefly about St George and the Dragon and started to descibe them to me; 'Dragons are like dinosaurs, with horns, big bat wings and they even breathe fire!' I was like.. 'Woooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhh!!!!!!!' Since then I've been a dragon freak.

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    Very cool man. It has a nice flow to it. It looks pretty big is the black stuff from using a torch to harden the sculpey? Can you post pictures from a couple of views? Very cool work.

    Peace, Dave

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    Lightbulb Thanks Dave

    Actually, I accidently scorched one part of the dragon, which was the horn and at first I freaked out a little then I had another look at it when I thought.. hmm.. looks kinda cool! So I continued in certain places to scorch it with a heat gun. Normally I wouldn't do this but I gotta little carried away! Many thanks for your kind words and I'm glad you pointed out the scorching part. I did explain it originally but I thought it was to boring coz it went on and on in depth how I did it all so I deleted it all! Heh.

    I will upload some more piccies actually good idea.

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    What did you use to paint it?

    "Create like a god, command like a king, work like a slave."
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    There's not a blob of paint on it yet! I'm gonna start painting it tommorow actually. But.. you can get the same effects by painting dry brush or airbrush.

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    Man Kenny - that is seriously cool! The quality is definitely up there with the Draco sculpts I have seen done by ILM.

    Also nice work on the blackening technique - came up a treat!

    Brad

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    hey man i really dig the finished sculpt, im not into that color scheme a lot tho

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merkin
    Man Kenny - that is seriously cool! The quality is definitely up there with the Draco sculpts I have seen done by ILM.

    Also nice work on the blackening technique - came up a treat!

    Brad
    Woah!! ILM? Thanks a lot Brad! I dunno if I'm that good though!!

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    Not finished yet

    Quote Originally Posted by manslauter
    hey man i really dig the finished sculpt, im not into that color scheme a lot tho
    I haven't actually finished the sculpt yet, I'm about 3/4 way through doing it. There's not that much to do now but still some noticeable things I gotta fix and smooth out in certain areas.

    And, as for the colour scheme.. I haven't started painting it yet!!

    Many thanks for your comments though, I'm very grateful.

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    that's an awesome sculpture!

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    Quote Originally Posted by killing.people
    that's an awesome sculpture!
    Thanks so much mate! Kind words always gives me more confidence!

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    Awsome sculpt Dreamerseye, very cool dragon!

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    Wink :-)

    Quote Originally Posted by edthearch
    Awsome sculpt Dreamerseye, very cool dragon!
    Hey Ed,

    Thanks so much for your kind words! And I checked out your miniature Orc and I wouldn't know where to start sculpting something so tiny! Impressive work there!

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    Very impressive sculpt! I really dig this one. I've tried to sculpt a dragon myself byt where you succeded, I failed. So, how did you do those beautiful scales? What did you use for reference?

    Excellent work. That beast is really something to be proud of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Niklas Elling
    Very impressive sculpt! I really dig this one. I've tried to sculpt a dragon myself byt where you succeded, I failed. So, how did you do those beautiful scales? What did you use for reference?

    Excellent work. That beast is really something to be proud of.
    Hi Niklas,

    My first attempts at making the scales were truly bad, I tried so many different techniques but all of them failed miserably. But with this one inparticular I really didn't want to mess it up. And being an illustrator I normally draw a, 'grid' on my drawing to show, 'form' like if I wanted to draw a dragon with plated scales (like above) I'd draw a 3d grid all over it then afterwards I'd go back in again detailing each one of them. I basically applied the same process to the sculpt, drawing a grid onto the surface with a sharp-ish tool and I'd then detail each and every scale. Some folks would use a texture stamp but each scale is completely different i size and shape from the other. For each scale I made pinched a scale so it would look like a chiseled point then I'd go over the scale with a coarse tool. But believe me mate.. it took several attempts on earlier sculpts until I got it right. I think it's the simple case of practice and/or trial and error! As for reference, I used pictures of alligators, crocodiles, cats, dogs, birds and I've also got a fair number of dinosaur books. It always helps having animal anatomy books especially, and if there are muscles in which I don't understand then I'd compare them to human anatomy. It's surprising for me to learn that humans and animals like cats, dogs and birds have strong similarities.. so it helps when approaching a drawing or a sculpt. Textures are everywhere in wildlife books, crocodiles are my fave because they're heavily armoured and they're like a walking breathing weapon. I loosely based the texture and scales of crocodiles but I wanted it to be like a, 'distant cousin' kinda thing goin' on. Right.. I'm goin on now! Thank you for your kind words, they mean a lot to me!

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    (kicking and screaming)

    I WANT IT, I WANT IT, I WANT IT!

    You got your own DRAGON! (turns green with evny) why are people more talented them me? why? I wish I could make a dragon like that!

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    Awesome work - It's completely mind blowing the details you had in the anatomy before you even added the scales. Personally i like the smooth one! (but i think thats cus thats the stage i'm at... im terrified to ruin mine with texture.) Anyway - the scales are insane. I'm completely wowed.

    How big did u say this was?

    Keep it up ! lookin forward to updates.

    -S

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shannon Lee
    I WANT IT, I WANT IT, I WANT IT!

    You got your own DRAGON! (turns green with evny) why are people more talented them me? why? I wish I could make a dragon like that!
    Heh heh! Hey Shannon, actually having my own personal dragon was definately my intention. And why don't you have a go at making a dragon? My very first attempt many years ago that is, was poo. But I still had a blast doing it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by spacemunky1117
    Awesome work - It's completely mind blowing the details you had in the anatomy before you even added the scales. Personally i like the smooth one! (but i think thats cus thats the stage i'm at... im terrified to ruin mine with texture.) Anyway - the scales are insane. I'm completely wowed.

    How big did u say this was?

    Keep it up ! lookin forward to updates.

    -S
    Hey spacemunky1117,

    The anatomy took quite a long time to get right, even though I planned it first on paper (which I'll probably upload later) it was still quite a feat, because getting it right i find is always important. The anatomy is that of a dog yer see, and not of a dinosaur or any type of lizard apart from the hind feet. I just changed it to make it look like a dragon. I spent ages smoothing the sculpture first and I know what you mean about not wanting to wreck the smooth sculpt! It is kinda terrifying isn't it? I really look forward to seeing your work.. why don't you post it up?

    And as for the size, it's 60cm long and 70cm high.

    many thanks for your kind words buddy, very very much appreciated!

    All ze best!

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    hey, this is looking really good! I like the style you went with for this bad boy: all sharp and spiky. It's hard to find a Dragon that is done not just technical well, but aesthetically well also. Good job!

    Are you much into video games? theres a ps2 game called Monster Hunter out there which has some really good dragon designs in it. Very similar to what you have going on here. Might be worth checking out....

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    I'd be really interested in the drawing part- that's mainly what i do, i jus really got serious into sculpting recently. Here - this is the only thing i have poste so far, check em out.

    http://www.conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=47424

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