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Ijiraq by rgyoung Ijiraq by rgyoung
The Ijiraq (Eye-yee-rock) is a shapeshifter from Inuit mythology.
It kidnaps children and makes adult hunters lose their way. It can take any form it wishes, most commonly appearing as an Arctic Hare, Polar Bear, Raven or a Tariaksuq (a monster with a Caribou's head and a man's body).

This is my take on the Ijiraq, appearing as a Tariaksuq. I decided it would be cool if he had a weapon, so I made one for him. It's an axe made out of half a polar bear jawbone and a polar bear femur.

About 10" tall (very rough estimate, haven't actually measured him yet). SS/Sculpey Firm mixture and Apoxie Clay over an aluminum wire/foil armature (the same armature, as it happens, as the Chavant version of this monster that is also up in my gallery; I just tweaked the pose a bit to make him even more hunched over). Liked the natural color of the Apoxie after it was baked so much on the antlers and weapon that I'm not going to prime or paint either area. Might do a few washes on the antlers to darken them a tad, but the color was definitely a very happy accident.

Will be painted soon. I didn't log how many hours this guy actually took me, but needless to say, it was a while. I'm very pleased with how he's turned out so far, and can't wait to paint him.
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Celestial-Rainstorm Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What an interesting and gorgeous sculpt! 
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Moonstar37 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Student General Artist
IT's like the Canadian version of a minotaur...... I LOVE IT!!
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Fuchsman Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the model along with the little bit of history; faving.
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rgyoung Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks; I'm glad that you enjoyed the description as well. If you're interested, there is a fairly in-depth article on the Ijiraq on Wikipedia.
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AnnaLWagner Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
MOOSEMAN! Awesome stuff haha.
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rgyoung Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :)
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Toledo-the-Horse Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Absolutely beautiful! :D
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rgyoung Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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LewisMoss Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wowsers. Glad you finished this - I remember the chavant version, defo worth continuing!
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rgyoung Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks; I'm glad you think so! :)
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RandyHand Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
Beautiful job Rachel. The musculature is incredible. Love the pose and overall attitude of the piece.
Incredible as always my friend!
Hope you've been doing great.
Take care,
Randy
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rgyoung Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, Randy! Glad you like him!

Things are going pretty good; just sent in my entry to the Festival of the Arts in Laguna Beach, and should find out if I made it to stage two of the jurying process very soon (next week, most likely).

I'm really happy that I'll be done with this guy in time to submit him to Spectrum! I might even be able to have a second piece done by the January deadline!

Hope everything is going well for you!
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RandyHand Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
You bet Rachel.
Good luck with the Laguna Beach show...got my fingers and toes crossed for you!
So cool your entering it in Spectrum.
Good luck on your second piece too!
All my best to you,
Take care
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paparotti Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
great!
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rgyoung Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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ATLbladerunner Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Great piece! Glad to see it all done!
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rgyoung Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, man! So am I! :D
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Koeskull Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing. I could only dream of being able to make things like this...
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rgyoung Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! And if I can do it, so can you! Just takes time, determination, practice, and accepting the fact that failure is also part of the process.
Look back further in my gallery--seven years ago, when I rediscovered sculpture (hadn't done it since I was a kid), I was in a much different place artistically.
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TheVoluptuousPanda Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is great! I really love it :) But I have to ask. In the bottom photo, between his legs, there seems to be a penis there. Am I correct in that or is it just my filthy imagination? XD

Either way, love this!
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rgyoung Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! And yes, you're correct. Somehow the idea of a totally naked tundra-stalking monster seemed a little more savage and scary to me than one wearing a loincloth, especially since he's a shape-shifter.
Glad you enjoy the sculpture! :)
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DawnSentinel Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
Loincloths always seem like an afterthought on such savage creatures anyway.
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Gris-is-an-Ice-Bird Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is too awesome. Grea work, i cant wait to see it painted!!
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rgyoung Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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MVestala Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Astonishing work, and as others have pointed out, great attention to detail :)
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rgyoung Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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hurzdischnurz Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
great great. will be soon a dd, very sure.
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rgyoung Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! Don't know about the dd, but I'm glad you like it!
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TheBigBadWulf Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is fantastic! The amount of detail is just amazing!
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rgyoung Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! Glad you like it. :D
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TheBigBadWulf Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem! :D
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voidwaker Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks amazing! Remind me of Chopper monster form from One piece. :D
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rgyoung Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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MetalSnail Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome work!!!
So just the antlers and axe are apoxie, the rest is SS?
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rgyoung Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! Yes, the antlers and axe are apoxie, and the rest is a mix of Sculpey Firm and SS. The parts of the axe (jawbone and femur) were each sculpted separately, just so I could drive myself extra crazy. :)
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MamaLucia Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Epoxy ... :)




I'll go away now ... :blush:
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rgyoung Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Actually, no. :)

~MetalSnail and I were discussing a specific type of epoxy, called Aves Apoxie Clay, A.K.A. "Apoxie Clay," or "Apoxie/apoxie."

Brand name, not a misspelled word.

Hope that clears things up. :)
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MamaLucia Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
TIL!!!! :w00t: ("Today I Learned.") :D

Thanks for educating this old gray mare! :D

I'll take a look at it ... if it can do those LOVELY antlers, who knows what else it can do ... :plotting:
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rgyoung Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You definitely should give it a spin! It's very different from the polymer clays, but it has some advantages over them. You can smooth it with water or rubbing alcohol, which is nice. Working with it is kind of slow-going, but it's great for things that need to be durable (like antlers, teeth, horns, and claws, for example). It's also great for repairing cracks in polymer clay and for additions to polymer clay when you don't want to re-bake the piece.
It's kind of pricey per pound, so I don't do entire sculptures using it, but I'd definitely be lost without it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. :)
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MamaLucia Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Okay, I ordered some. :D
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rgyoung Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Nice! Happy sculpting! :D
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The-Build Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looks really good, like the sloping posture and the blend of animal and human anatomy.
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rgyoung Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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StudioJsculpts Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
He looks incredible!!Great attention to detail!!
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rgyoung Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! Glad you think so. :)
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StudioJsculpts Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Your most welcome!
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