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Dragon Bust by rgyoung Dragon Bust by rgyoung
Monster Clay, roughly 6" tall. I received an extremely generous sample of this stuff last week and I'm head-over-heels in love with it after experimenting with it a bit. This bust was the end-result of that experimentation. Any sculptors out there reading this: I highly encourage you to give this clay a try--it's got some really great properties.
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Tiamatus Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015
Fantastic!
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AntWatkins Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
The bust looks really great, nice work.
Monster Clay is awesome, it is all I use now. Even molding it is better, pulls from molds very clean.
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dugbud62 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Has the gears turning, I haven't done anything with clay in 3 decades. Other than battle with it on jobsites. Or try to get the gumbo off the boots. Is this type only for modeling, or can it be kilned.?
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Tenebrous-Inc Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
it's only for modeling.. it has a low melting point. If put in a kiln, you'd have a nice big pool of clay hehe
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dugbud62 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanx
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Bracey100 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I love this, despite the completely inhuman head and oversized teeth which inhibit expression you can feel a sort of bemusement in the eyes and tilt of the head of the dragon. Its not just a beast, youve made a character here.
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Tenebrous-Inc Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
I love monster clay with all my dark heart. I strictly use it, if you have a heat gun and run it over the piece lightly on a low heat it will give the piece a nice gloss to it. Also responds well to stencil brushes, to give a lighter shade of texture that's more gritty. I have twenty pounds of it, love it.

awesome piece as well btw!
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angelswings218 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is really cool
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BrittaM Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
Yet another sculptor gets sucked into the realm of Monster Clay! I've been hearing everyone rave about the stuff, I really need to try it out myself.

This guy's got a lot of character and attitude.
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AnnaLWagner Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Cool stuff! How does it hold up to gravity?
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rgyoung Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! It's pretty stiff when it's room-temperature, so it holds up to gravity pretty well. It's an oil-based clay, though, so you can't do anything permanent with it unless you get into moldmaking/casting.
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Terrier-Padawan Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Student General Artist
Nice work as always! I'm still pretty new to sculpting, and seeing stuff like this makes me want to do it even more!
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rgyoung Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
And I definitely know what you mean; looking at sculptures always makes me want to get back to sculpting! :)
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Terrier-Padawan Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Student General Artist
My art teacher is trying to motivate me into finishing some unfinished projects by getting me a junior membership to the Texas Sculpture Association. It's definitely gotten me excited to sculpt more!
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Levitating-Narwhal Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Student General Artist
HELLS, YEA. Probobly gonna get me somma that clay. I need to work on sculpting....alot -n-
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rgyoung Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I highly recommend the clay and hope that you enjoy it as much as I have been. :)
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Levitating-Narwhal Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Student General Artist
Can't wait to see more work from you
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SageKorppi Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Also, I love the texture and scales on this! Great job! (Those teeth are awesome!!)
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rgyoung Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :)
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SageKorppi Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
How does it compare to super sculpy?
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rgyoung Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, it's an oil-based clay, so it's more like Chavant or Roma Plastilina than the polymer clays. You can't do anything permanent with it unless you get into moldmaking and casting. Consistency-wise, it's got some properties that other oil-based clays lack, though: it's nice and firm and room temperature, but warms up easily when you work it with your hands. It takes a lot of detail (more than the type of Chavant I used in the past for sketching), and doesn't build up on your tools or hands like other oil-based clays tend to do. It sticks to itself fairly well, has a bit of elasticity when warm, and it's very, very velvety-smooth texture-wise. It's meltable and pourable when heated in an oven and always returns to the same, original consistency without separating or becoming brittle. Its properties make it great for doing quick sketches, which I like to do when I'm working out an idea or just playing around.
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SageKorppi Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sounds awesome, thank you!
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tancreddarnor Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
very nice work!
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rgyoung Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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lildoc96 Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! This looks great! I'll have to see if I can't get hold of some of this clay!
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rgyoung Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I hope you like it as much as I do. :)
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yvette1988 Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hmmmz... serious dental issues, or a fish eter ;)
Either way, really love it!!
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rgyoung Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! Yeah, he's got messed up teeth; I think he's probably a fish eater, though. :)
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yvette1988 Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
... NAh... just giveh im a retainer ;) hahaha
Love the look though!
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Caerban Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm still using Chavant but really would like to give monster clay a go. Unfortunately the postage and import duties to the UK are a little terrifying :(
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rgyoung Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
That's unfortunate; maybe the owner will figure out a way to find a supplier for Europe if the demand becomes high enough. That would be cool for all of you sculptors across the Pond. :) I hope you get to try some at some point!
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vladimir-vasilev Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
In Russia, I had the same terrible postage (wait a month for the same parcel with the clay
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TKMillerSculpt Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Professional Artist
Just getting the hang of this stuff as well.

Lovely work, as always!
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rgyoung Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, Tim! How are you liking it so far?
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TKMillerSculpt Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Professional Artist
I've not gotten the hang of wrinkles yet, but otherwise I'm digging it.
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MetalSnail Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks great!
Can you bake it?
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rgyoung Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! Nope, it's oil/wax-based, but it's more user-friendly than Chavant and other plasticine clays (it's not sticky, so it doesn't build up on your hands or tools, or overly soft, and it holds detail really well). So yeah, I'd need to make a mold and pull resin castings if I wanted a permanent version of this sculpture, but it's great for sketching and working out ideas, I think.
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MetalSnail Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the info!
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