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.