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Dragon Sculpt Details by rgyoung Dragon Sculpt Details by rgyoung
Finally got some better photos of this sculpture. He's still not attached to his base and I may add a few more details with paint, but for now, this is the finished paint-job.
This guy ended up being more detailed than I predicted he would be and was definitely a struggle to complete at times, but I couldn't be happier with how he turned out.
He is about 12" high and 10" long, made of Sculpey firm over an aluminum wire and foil armature. His horns, teeth, whiskers and claws are made of Apoxie clay. The piece is painted with acrylic paint.
The big spines were sculpted separately, baked and placed in the unbaked clay of the piece. The rest of the scales and spines were added one-by-one onto the sculpture and that process is the part that consumed most of the time this guy took.
As another sculptor put it, you can be 90% done with a sculpture and that last 10% can end up taking more time than the rest of the piece did. That was definitely the case for this sculpture, as I can't even estimate how many hours he took me to complete, but I started him in 2009.
I'm glad to be done and also glad that I managed to keep my sanity intact (I think!) despite doing all of those scales.
WIP photos can be found in my scrap folder, and a turnaround montage of the full piece is in my gallery.
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:iconnavare:
Navare Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
He's gorgeous! those scales are so detailed, its amazing. You must be more patient then I am :D
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AquilaNine Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
Amazing O.o
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:iconrgyoung:
rgyoung Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :)
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ShadowaKnight Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
Wow I so want this. ;3;
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:iconrgyoung:
rgyoung Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm glad you like it that much!
Thanks for such a kind compliment. :)
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ShadowaKnight Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
Do you sell your works?
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:iconrgyoung:
rgyoung Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, though this particular piece is not for sale.
My etsy shop is here: [link]
Right now there's just jewelery in it, but I am planning on offering a few sculptures for sale there very soon.
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CeleryBear Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Wow! This is beautiful!
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:iconrgyoung:
rgyoung Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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:iconcelerybear:
CeleryBear Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
No preoblem! :)
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elgatonegro13 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
immaculate detail!
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:iconrgyoung:
rgyoung Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Far from immaculate, but thank you. :)
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marshMello6170 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You have like 100 times the skill and attention to detail I could ever hope to have...GREAT job!
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:iconrgyoung:
rgyoung Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
That I doubt, but thank you! I'm glad you like this piece. :)
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:iconprettymonsters:
prettymonsters Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
This is really wonderful... I love him
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:iconrgyoung:
rgyoung Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Dragynn Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Student General Artist
I so love this outstanding piece of great work!
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:iconrgyoung:
rgyoung Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm happy that you do. Thank you! :)
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:iconjengabean:
Jengabean Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
beautiful, colorful and wonderfully clean. Great job!
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:iconrgyoung:
rgyoung Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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:iconfallenother:
FallenOther Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That's AMAZING! He's gorgeous. Before I read the description, I thought he was rendered in Zbrush or something. Great work.
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:iconrgyoung:
rgyoung Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :)
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grico316 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thats pretty damn Epic!
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:iconrgyoung:
rgyoung Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for thinking so! :)
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grico316 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is like the hottest sculpture I have seen.
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OneLifeRemaining Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I deem thou Master Of the Clay!
(Good job) :)
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:iconrgyoung:
rgyoung Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I am hardly that, but I'm really happy that you like this. Thanks!
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Japandragon Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
whoooa so wonderful !!! 8D
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SnowyWolf171 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011
Love this guy even more, now! Congratulations on finishing such a tedious, outstanding piece- and not blowing up! The final touches and color really brings him to life.
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StudioJsculpts Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
This looks amazing!!Excellant work!!
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ATLbladerunner Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
Looks awesome! Those back and elbow spikes look gnarly, like giant splinters. I especially dig the elbow with the smaller spikes around the large ones and that face and whiskers are beauty. Incredible piece!
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TimBakerFX Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Professional General Artist
a great sculpt, well done :)
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LaSpook Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Student Photographer
He is SO beautiful! :wow: AMAZING work!!!!! :)
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Blitz32 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011
Outstanding work! The detail in the paint job is amazing, and I absolutely love the detail in the figure itself...from the scales to the the horns and toes...the varying textures are incredible :wow:
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rgyoung Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! Glad you like him! :D
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NepuApsadee Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011
Amazing!
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:iconrgyoung:
rgyoung Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Caerban Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I can definitely feel your pain on the scales. Quadrupled the time it took me to do a dragon-eye brooch. Awesome sculpt and equally awesome paint job!
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rgyoung Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I had a look in your gallery--those dragon eye brooches are very, very neat. I hope the folks that got them appreciate all of the time you put in. Nice work!

And thanks, I'm glad you like him! :D
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Caerban Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure, ma'am.
And thanks, the recipients were most appreciative. Now to make a few to actually sell.
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