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Ganesha WIP II by rgyoung Ganesha WIP II by rgyoung
Here's a quick update of my Ganesha sculpt; he's changed a bit since the last WIP I posted, and I think he's coming along well. Still very challenging, but extremely fun to sculpt as well, and like my favorite projects, I'm learning so much from sculpting him.

That little critter's armature you see by his foot is going to be a rat, who will be resting one paw on Ganesha's foot. The rat/mouse is a very common element in depictions of Ganesha, and the rodent symbolizes (among many things) darkness and negative desire. It's often placed at Ganesha's feet, and in some interpretations, the deity rides a giant rat, or dances on the back of one; all illustrating his mastery over base/negative desire.

I try to keep my dA page up to date, but I do update my Tumblr page more often, and there are additional views of this sculpture there: [link]

Super sculpey/sculpey firm mix, over a wire/foil armature, with Apoxie Clay tusks, right around 12" tall.

As always, thanks for looking!
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Arieskin Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is great!
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StudioJsculpts Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Looking great so far!I love the progression shots,can't wait to see the final peice.
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rgyoung Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, buddy!
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StudioJsculpts Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You bet!love the progress so far.
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The-Build Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looking very promising so far, can't wait to see it completed.
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rgyoung Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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jerrilee1953 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
totally bitchen.
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rgyoung Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, Mom!
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piranirani1986 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
most artistic and naturalistic figure you are making.
being an Indian, you have my respect and admiration.
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rgyoung Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I'm very happy that you like him so far! :)
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RandyHand Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
Like I said on FB, I love what you have so far Rachel.
You're nailing the weighty feel of the body.
The musculature is dead on.
Such a cool piece.
Can't wait to see it finished!
All my best,
Take care
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rgyoung Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, Randy!
I'm stoked that you dig how he's developing, and really happy that you think I'm conveying the weight and form of this guy, since those are really important elements of this piece. :D

Thanks again for the encouragement, dude; it makes me all the more motivated to finish this!
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RandyHand Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
You bet Rachel!
Also can't wait to see how you color the finished piece too.
All my best to you,
Take care
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AzeFish Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Those legs are spectacular! And the torso! And the head! I can't wait for this to be completed.
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rgyoung Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I'm happy you like him so far! :)
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metazoe Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
Looking forward to seeing the final stage, that should be something great=)
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rgyoung Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! Really glad you like it so far! :D
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vladimir-vasilev Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
Cool rat at Ganesha’s feet on your site ! mastery over darkness and desire - interesting philosophy !
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rgyoung Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! The symbolism is straight from Hinduism, and there will be much more of it included in this piece when it's done. Amazingly, I will only be able to include a small percentage of the symbols associated with Ganesha; if It were even possible to include them all, the sculpt would be overly cluttered, and I'd probably need to give him eight arms instead of four. :) To get a feeling for what I mean, google "Ganesha Symbolism."

Thanks again! I'm glad you find it intriguing so far. :)
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MetalSnail Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looking awesome!!!
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rgyoung Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, man! Glad you like it so far. :D
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