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11"l x 8"h x 5.5" w, Sculpey Firm and Aves Apoxie Sculpt over a wire/foil armature. Painted with acrylics.

For more information on this monster of Inuit mythology, check out the Wikipedia article: [link]

This guy was a long labor of love, and I'm really pleased with how he turned out. He changed quite a bit from the initial sketch I did in Chavant clay, but I hope for the better.

See my gallery for additional photos of this piece, including some detail shots of the finished piece:


As always, thanks for looking!

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Thanks to ^Astralseed for selecting this piece as a Daily Deviation, and thanks to everyone for the +favorites and +watches! I'm overjoyed that you all enjoy my sculpture!
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Daily Deviation

Given 2013-01-29
With immaculate anatomy and great intricacy, Ijiraq: Painted by ~rgyoung is an eye catching sculpture. ( Featured by Astralseed )
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kingdragon01 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
He looks very cool:)
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B-Sandy Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
This is absolutely amazing! 
Do you have a place where you sell work or when someone can request a commision?
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greysummers610 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wow impressive!!!!
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:iconrgyoung:
rgyoung Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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AzeilaRose Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm awe struck at all the details you put into this! Like the veins in his skin and the way his fur morphs into flesh. This is a very well deserved DD. So impressive!!! :wow:
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:iconrgyoung:
rgyoung Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I'm flattered that you like my sculpture that much, and very happy that you noticed the details. Comments like yours make my day! :D
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AzeilaRose Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well I mean every word! :hug:
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MomoHinamoru Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Student Artist
oh my
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eecoli Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
christy whisty that is gorgeous
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:iconrgyoung:
rgyoung Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! Glad you think so! :D
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Cyberguy64 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I've always wondered... What was it with ancient cultures making mythical monsters that were just a man with the head of a beast?
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:iconrgyoung:
rgyoung Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Good question... I think it was probably important that the audience could imagine the monster being described in the story. that could easily be why so many of them are combinations of two or more animals, or an amalgam of parts from disparate creatures.
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rwolf1970 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
That is amazing! Wonderful detail :)
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:iconrgyoung:
rgyoung Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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FooFootheSnoo Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautifully done. Congratulations on the DD. :)
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:iconrgyoung:
rgyoung Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Zee-Who Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist
Congrats on your Daily Deviation!:squee::heart:
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:iconrgyoung:
rgyoung Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :)
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:iconjediz:
jediz Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome!
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:iconrgyoung:
rgyoung Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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zimxlacey Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
beautiful!
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Ask-Garry-Ib Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
((Found you! It's me, ~Ask-Tith))
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zimxlacey Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
...oh shhuuhhh.....
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:iconrgyoung:
rgyoung Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :)
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zimxlacey Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
=D
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RA-Meenan Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Huh. I would have thought this was a wendigo if I didn't click that link. I shall add this to my collection of strange mythological deer monsters. XD Great work!
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rgyoung Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!

I would imagine it's possible that this monster and the wendigo are related in some way, given that there was plenty of trade between tribes of indigenous people. Stories would have been swapped when groups came together to exchange goods, and anything particularly compelling from an outside group might have found its way into the mythology of each culture.

Speaking of strange deer monsters, have you heard of Deer Woman?
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RA-Meenan Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No, I haven't! Yet one more I should look up. XD

I write novels using anthropomorphic animals, and occasionally I have deer, so I like using deer monster names for their last names. I'll have to look up some info about the Deer Woman. Thanks! =D
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Moon-Crafter Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome
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rgyoung Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Skreemz Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
HAH, it's the Deer-man from Regular Show.
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NuMetalWolf Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOL You watch it too? xD
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Skreemz Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hell yeah, try finding somebody who doesn't.
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NuMetalWolf Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha! Awesome! xD
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zomfibame Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
wow. that is a great piece
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:iconrgyoung:
rgyoung Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. Glad you like it! :)
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SethForeman Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Fantastic work. Extraordinary detail and colors!
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rgyoung Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Rogue-Knyte Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is awesome, but God just imagine if a creature were genetically built like this. Looks sooo uncomfortable. :/
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:iconrgyoung:
rgyoung Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! Yeah, I can't imagine he's very comfortable with that posture... Good thing he's a shape-shifter! :)
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Rogue-Knyte Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good thing then! :D
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:iconsolefield:
solefield Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, amazing detail ~ congrats on the DD! :D
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rgyoung Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :) How've you been?
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solefield Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Doing pretty well, thanks! :) I adopted a new dog in July, she's awesome and makes me happy. ;) [link] [link] How are things with you? Glad to see that sculpting is going so well! How is Lucy? Your action shots of her were really what inspired me to get a nice camera, back in the day. :)
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rgyoung Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad to hear you're doing well; congratulations on your new addition! She's gorgeous, and looks like a total sweetheart.

Things with me are a mixed bag--my health has been pretty crummy (was diagnosed and treated for thyroid cancer last year, and have been dealing with having no thyroid since last spring. It takes a while to get the right dosage of synthetic thyroid, so I'm still working on that. As cancers go, it's the one you want to get (because treatment is easy, and because it is not aggressive and does not metastasize as a rule) but it is definitely a hassle.

But other than my health, things are great; I got married in 2011 to my long time boyfriend. I also just got a big break in terms of my art career--I applied in the fall for a booth in a very big, very competitive summer art festival (my most recent journal is about that), and the jury liked my work and invited me to be an exhibitor.

Lucy is doing okay; she is almost 13, and skeletally, she's an arthritic mess, but she's still in good spirits. She doesn't get to go running any more because her joints just can't handle it, so her days are full of naps in the sun and schmoozing for treats. :)

Anyway, that's the Cliff Notes version...
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solefield Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! Yes, she is wonderful to have around. :) I'm sorry to hear about your health, that must be very difficult. Fortunately it sounds like you have the right mindset and that there is plenty of love and support around you. Congratulations on the marriage and exhibition, that is very exciting! I hope 2013 brings lots of health and joy. ...and naps in the sun with Lucy. :)
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