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Hyena Sculpture: unpainted by rgyoung Hyena Sculpture: unpainted by rgyoung
My latest, just for fun.

I wanted to try an animal with longer hair, just to see if I could accomplish a suitable texture. I'm pretty happy with how the whole thing turned out!

Super sculpey, over a wire/foil armature. My biggest sculpture yet. He stands about 8.5" tall. Will be painted soon!

I did take a few in-process photos if anyone is interested. They're in my scraps.

ETA: Just in case anyone wonders: I wasn't going for pure realism here. The exaggerated proportions (massive head, mane, teeny feet, and short, bulky body) are deliberate.
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uropygid Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I LOVE the exaggerated proportions!
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Wood-Splitter-Lee Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow! This has some stunning detail! I am impressed! I sculpt with sculpy and would be honored if you could check them out sometime!
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Hyenassexual Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2008
i want to see the butt
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Bouda-Lycaon Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2007
Patent it, seriously. There are no hyena sculptures out there.

You'd make alot of money.
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skeevy Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2006
Gorgeous, I can't wait to see how you color it! The posture is very good, although I almost wish you had him bearing teeth instead of with a closed mouth. I always think of hyenas as open mouthed and grinning devilishly, you know? Excellent job with the mane, your experiment with longer hair DOES seem to have been a success! :highfive: :boogie:
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rgyoung Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I'm almost finished with the paint job, so I'll post photos of him soon. :)

I thought about having him baring is teeth in a maniacal grin, but I decided to make him look a little more friendly and a little less insane/evil.

Glad you like him!
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kayzmir Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2006
I haven't been around for awhile... I don't know if you remember me at all. We used to talk a bit over da.

Anyways, I've been meaning to ask if you do sculptures for comissions? and if so, how much do you charge?
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rgyoung Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Of course I remember you, silly! How've you been?

I definitely do sculptures on commission! Note me with what you're interested in, and I'll try to come up with a quote for you. My smaller 3" busts start off at $100. A piece the size of this hyena would be quite a bit more than that.

Good to hear from you, in any case, and I hope things are going well for you.
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kayzmir Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2006
I've been great, how about you? Enjoying socal? Did you get to see the gray whales migrate? I've been meaning to go down and take some photos...

I'll definitely have to keep working over summer, I'd love to get a sculpture from you :) Or one of your beautiful drawings...

but I'll let you know :P
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rgyoung Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, I love it down here! I didn't see the gray whales migrate down here, but when I was up in Northern California, around Big Sur, I did see a group of them a few miles offshore. There are always porpoises/dolphins around here, though, and we've even seen a few of them out near the harbor in Dana Point.

Hey, I'd love to do some work for you--definitely keep me posted. How's school treating you?
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kayzmir Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2006
school's been alright, i'm worried i'll be there for another three years though because the program is so long. I don't really know what other options I have though... :/

what about you? anything new and exciting?
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Ganren Featured By Owner May 31, 2006
This looks pretty good for a hyena, especially with the shape of the ears as well as the shape of his body, but not so in proportion.

Constructively speaking, his body doesn’t seem proportionate to the size of his neck. Excluding the mane, his neck seem a bit larger in scale to the rest of his body (mostly in its length and slightly so in its thickness/width) as the length of the neck should be about half the length of his body. However, that may only be off due to the length of his body being a bit too short (from shoulder to tail base) as it doesn’t seem off from the frontal views of the sculpture and only so for the side views.

Ref photos: [link] and [link] (large pic)

Otherwise, everything else seems fine and despite the constructive speaking, I still like the way this turned out. It kinda gives it a stylistic appearance as if from a fantasy or partially realistic claymation film. And I do really like the frontal shots, especially the bottom two in the middle.

So overall, I still think this turned out very nicely with excellent detail, great photo shots and lighting, and presented in a superb way. :)
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rgyoung Featured By Owner May 31, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
First of all, thanks as always for such a thoughtful comment. They seem to be in short supply 'round these parts, unfortunately.

In retrospect, I guess I should have been more descriptive with my desricption--any features that are exaggerated/disproportionate are deliberate. I wasn't going for out-and out realism, as I do enough of that when I'm working on sculptures of people's dogs. In the work I do purely for myself, it feels really good to step away from that and go a little wild.

So yeah, it's supposed to appear stylized. If I get into the field I'd like to, stylized features and exaggerated proportions are pretty important, so that's what I'm working on. Apologies for not making that clearer on the outset.

All of that said, thanks again. :)
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Ganren Featured By Owner May 31, 2006
Np Rg.*bows*

*nods about stylization* I had a slight feeling it might have been on purpose, but I wasn’t entirely sure especially since your pits were anatomically right on the money. So either way, I figured I’d say something anyways just in case.

But it does make sense that you’d need to develop a style for your artistic field and well, now I know for future deviations. :)
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eitherwise Featured By Owner May 30, 2006
Oh, man, he's gorgeous. I love the level of detail here, and the expression of his body and face. This is incredible work!
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rgyoung Featured By Owner May 30, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :)
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DrewTheWolf Featured By Owner May 29, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow exellent work!!
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rgyoung Featured By Owner May 30, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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DrewTheWolf Featured By Owner May 29, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow exellent work!!
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sevenwillow Featured By Owner May 29, 2006  Professional General Artist
beautiful job! I personally detest hyenna's but you have a wonderful depiction here!
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rgyoung Featured By Owner May 30, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, thanks! Glad you like the sculpture, even if you're not a hyena fan. :)
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sevenwillow Featured By Owner May 31, 2006  Professional General Artist
:)
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Blitz32 Featured By Owner May 29, 2006
Beautiful job, excellent anatomy and sculpting, I can't wait to see the painted version :D
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rgyoung Featured By Owner May 30, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! The painted version should be up in a couple of days.
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kuroame Featured By Owner May 29, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
Very nice. The detail looks amazing !
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rgyoung Featured By Owner May 30, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Wyla Featured By Owner May 29, 2006  Hobbyist
Absolutely beautiful! Even without any paint it still looks gorgeous :) I love the detail on the mane <3
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rgyoung Featured By Owner May 30, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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theory-x Featured By Owner May 29, 2006
nice graphic work
i like your style, you kill everything
well done

HIKS
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rgyoung Featured By Owner May 30, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for looking! :)
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