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Dragonna bust by rah-bop Dragonna bust by rah-bop
Commission for *sonitweek. About 7" to the top of the horns (8" to the top of the crest,) 6.5 from nose- to ear-tip, and 3.5" wide. Made primarily of super sculpey, but the crest spines and "ears" are made of Kneadatite Blue/Yellow (aka "green stuff") sculpting epoxy. I'm not used to working with it. It's like sculpting with chewing gum. :| This character's spinal crest and everything are somewhat transparent, so I made the sails out of clear acetate so it's see-through (the paint is so shiny, however, that it makes photographing that effect a little challenging.) Actually, per usual, the photos do it absolutely no justice whatsoever. This thing is so shimmery it looks like I painted it with cosmetics. I might try and retake these photos later, if the sun ever comes out enough to give me some sexy natural light to use.

Dragonna © *sonitweek
art © ~rah-bop
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:iconemogurl491:
emogurl491 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010
Well done!! :)
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:iconaboveclouds:
aboveClouds Featured By Owner May 2, 2010   Digital Artist
Great sculpture! The transparent clay is a cool touch.

Now I want to sculpt something too. XD
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:iconhighlighterjuice:
Highlighterjuice Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
AMAZINGLY AMAZING!!
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:iconolessan:
Olessan Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is gorgeous~ :+fav:
Um, can I ask what type of wire you used for the base? I'm about to begin working with Super Sculpey for the first time and I have no idea what wire to use ^^;
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rah-bop Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Just about any kind will work, really! Sculpey is very benign and you cook it at a low temperature, so anything that holds its shape and doesn't spontaneously burst into flames or emit fumes when heated (like some plastics) will work as an armature. For most of my sculptures I used some cheap steel wire I found at the hardware store (just because it was cheap!) but I've also used aluminum wire and coathangers and stuff in a pinch.

Good luck with your sculptures!
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:iconolessan:
Olessan Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, I see. Thanks for the help~
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SchreixEdxScreech Featured By Owner May 26, 2009  Student
Fantastic! I'm in love with it haha
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dancing-dragon Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008
very nice! Is Kneadatite flexible when its cured? I'd like to find a sculping material thats ends up somewhat rubbery for those fine parts like your spines. Otherwise I'd be so worried about them breaking.
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rah-bop Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
It's very flexible and plastic-y, and even a little stretchy too. Check it out: [link] I've been using Kneadatite for thin, otherwise easily-breakable areas and it works well.
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dancing-dragon Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2008
Great! thanks a lot!
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:iconchat-noir:
chat-noir Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
:star: I featured your lovely deviation in my Polymer Clay DA Article here :pointr:[link]
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:iconrah-bop:
rah-bop Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much!
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:iconnycterisa:
NycterisA Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Whew, I wouldn't want to ship that. I hope you charged a lot for all those details!
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:iconrah-bop:
rah-bop Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
It's more durable than it looks. It traveled over 3,000 miles and didn't break. :D
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:iconnycterisa:
NycterisA Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd say that's a tribute to your excellent packaging skillz too then. :giggle:
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Emperor-Monkey Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome, per usual.
I like the translucent flaps.
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:iconelubis:
Elubis Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2007
Beautiful!

REally wish I could could afford a commission, they are just so wow! :O

I love the view with the eyes, so sparkley!
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:iconriokeshen:
Riokeshen Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2007
what did you use to make this
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:iconrah-bop:
rah-bop Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Please read the description. It's like magic, I answered your question before you even thought to ask it! 8D
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:iconriokeshen:
Riokeshen Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2007
ohh
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:iconamberwood:
Amberwood Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2007
That is beautiful. I wish I could make things outta sculpty like that hahaha.
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:iconcrazystormz:
CrazyStormz Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2007
Wow that's just amazingly brilliant!!!! Where do you get the brilliantness and patience from i wonder????? XD
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:iconrashoni:
Rashoni Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2007
True craftmanship ^.=.^

awesome =D

[Fav]
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:iconiduck:
iduck Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow that's lovely! How much would it cost to get one of my own? I am interested :plotting:
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:iconrah-bop:
rah-bop Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
These guys go $90+ USD. I know it sounds high but they're a ton of work.
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:iconiduck:
iduck Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll have to keep these in mind when I have more money when Christmas is over. I'd love to get a bust of one of my dragons!
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Tiaekyco Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2007
do you do the scale detail one by one or do you have a sort of stamp? Details like that make me crazy!
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rah-bop Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
To make the scales, I cut a little wedge-shaped tool out of a piece of plastic I found in the recycle bin. I cut it into the shape of the negative space between two scales, roughly 'w' shaped. I pressed the pointed tip into the clay and the scale shapes emerged from between the marks. After I finished the scales I brushed them with turpenoid to soften them a bit.
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Starsister12 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG SHE'S GORGEOUS!!!!!!! (At least, I hope it's a she, forgive me if I got the sex wrong. ^_^;;) Amazing detail and dedication! I'm so impressed...and jealous. *grin*
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BelfryBat Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
... good god! The scales alone would drive me nuts. Well done!
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:iconkhelledros:
khelledros Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2007  Student Traditional Artist
wow cool!
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:icondragonririko:
dragonririko Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice work! :D
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:iconelen89:
elen89 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2007  Student Digital Artist
beautiful :D
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Akulatraxas Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2007
Thats totally Amazing.
Epoxy you said? But not really 'normal' Epoxy as know in 'model making' (for planes etc ) or?
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:iconrah-bop:
rah-bop Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
The kind of epoxy I used is specifically for sculpting. I know it's really popular among people who do miniatures, like Warhammer.
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Wolvekit Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2007  Hobbyist
OMG. The detailing and the scales are AMAZING. :wow:
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:iconvoln:
voln Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2007
Pretty dragon! :>
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CozmicDreamer Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2007
What a great bust! You should try fantasy film. It is heat fusible and comes in many iridescent colors. I used it on the wings of my Baby Autumn Dragon sculpture. I will be using it on my Winter Dragon sculpture as well. check out this supplier:

[link]

I think you could benefit from this web supplier. I sure do! The service is excellent and very prompt in shipments. I work on a larger scale than you, but I learn something new each time I use polymer clay media.
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RedDrgn Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Holy crap, that's amazing! :o How do you do the scales? Are they laid individually (which is how it looks), and how do you get the antiquing effect around their edges like that? It's gorgeous and those crests are just :wow:!
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rah-bop Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
To make the scales, I cut a little wedge-shaped tool out of a piece of plastic I found in the recycle bin. I cut it into the shape of the negative space between two scales, roughly 'w' shaped. I pressed the pointed tip into the clay and the scale shapes emerged from between the marks. ...does that make sense? >>; If not I can draw a diagram. Anyway, after I finished the scales I brushed them with turpenoid to soften them a bit.

For the antiquing effect, I covered everything with a transparent varnish to protect my paint and then (when it was dry, of course) I gently worked acrylics thinned with water into all the cracks and indents. Before it had a chance to dry, I wiped it back off with a dampened paper towel. The darker paint stayed in all the cracks. :3
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BraveBabysitter Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow
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:iconposeidonsimons:
poseidonsimons Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2007
well one :)
i ahvbe one question
are those massif? are the wire-y inside? Are they tin-foil-y?
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:iconrah-bop:
rah-bop Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
massif...?

Yes, the inside is filled with wire and aluminum foil. :)
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:iconposeidonsimons:
poseidonsimons Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2007
aight just askin
:)
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:iconvarivalge:
Varivalge Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2007
amazing!!!
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:iconxanthos-samurai:
Xanthos-Samurai Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2007
Once again, Rah, I am in AWE of your ability! All your hard work really shows!
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:iconzhon:
Zhon Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
That's some sweet detail!!!!
Someday... I will be able to comission you!
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:icondex-drako:
dex-drako Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2007  Hobbyist
finger sliped on the print thing sorry, amazing dragon head but don't want a prit sorry
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:icont-tiger:
T-Tiger Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome! Very well done!
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OneStripe Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2007
Oh, the silhouette looks amazing! D: I didn't know you sculpted too.


TOO MUCH TALENT! xD
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