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'Border Guards' view 1 by dragonsculptor 'Border Guards' view 1 by dragonsculptor
Magic Sculp epoxy clay on 12in x 12in black granite tile
17in high x 17in wide x 14 in deep
each scale individually placed, over 3000 in all, close to 100 hours of work
this is a one of a kind that can't be molded
left unpainted so whoever buys it can choose the color scheme

update:
SOLD
(will be uploading the finished, painted piece as soon as pics are taken ;) )
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:iconsherekharn:
ShereKharn Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010
incredible.
What did you use for the armiture itself?
Metal rod etc
Have you got any creation pics?
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:icondragonsculptor:
dragonsculptor Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
copper wire and aluminume foil, I had intended to take some WIP shots, but kept forgetting, sorry
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:iconneiirix:
Neiirix Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2009
Hi, was wodering. . . how do you get it so thin without it all falling to pieces. especially the membrane.
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:icondragonsculptor:
dragonsculptor Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
it does take practice. but all I do is roll it out, sprinkling talc on the both sides so it doesn't stick to the rolling pin or the table, then with the sculpture in the right position for it I lay the thin layer of magic sculp across the wing armature. being very careful to support the excess so it doesn't pull it apart. I then trim off the excess, press the clay into the armature, just enough so it sticks (to much and it comes apart). and there you have it. I also do the wing membrane first so if it doesn't work I can use the clay on other parts of the sculpture. the wing membrane on this one are just as thin but more than twice as large [link] but it took 5 attempts before I got them to work. these were done separate from the body and attached later.
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:iconneiirix:
Neiirix Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2009
Magic scuplt? ok that really helps i have a couple of things in which i can hopefully improve with practice =) thanks
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:icondragonsculptor:
dragonsculptor Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
well if you have any more questions or need clarification on anything, don't hesitate to ask
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:iconneiirix:
Neiirix Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009
thank you.
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:iconjouses:
jouses Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2009
hola!!!!................ojala hables español1!!!
yo tambien esculpo, queriapreguntarte como trabajas la textura y los detalles
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:icondragonsculptor:
dragonsculptor Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
????
english only, sorry
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:iconottbettina:
OttBettina Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
featured 8D :heart: --> [link]
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:icondragonsculptor:
dragonsculptor Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
sweet deal, thank you
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:iconcaracalcat:
caracalcat Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
holy fuck! :wow: that is amazing! im guessing epoxy clay is a lot tougher than regular cuz i can never imagine doing that in regular artists clay
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:icondragonsculptor:
dragonsculptor Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
not as hard as stone but harder than wood and a bit lighter
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:iconcaracalcat:
caracalcat Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
do you carve it or mold it?
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:icondragonsculptor:
dragonsculptor Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
usually in the additive before it cures and subtractive, if I haven't gotten it right, after it cures
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:iconcaracalcat:
caracalcat Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
makes sense
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:iconveech2033:
veech2033 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008
Hat's off to the details!
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:icondragonsculptor:
dragonsculptor Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you :bow:
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:iconinspyerd:
inspyerd Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008
wow this is amazing...looks to me like all the time paid off lol
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:icondragonsculptor:
dragonsculptor Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
yup, the cash in hand was the greatest compliment
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:iconinspyerd:
inspyerd Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008
lmao i bet aaaahahaha
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:iconmozer1a0x:
mozer1a0x Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
crazy wicked detail
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:icondragonsculptor:
dragonsculptor Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
you have no idea
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:iconmozer1a0x:
mozer1a0x Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
not at all
it's amazing
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:iconbubble100:
bubble100 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that is amazing, I cant believe you actually make these yourself!! well done :clap:
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:icondragonsculptor:
dragonsculptor Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you, yeah, I don't think I'd want someone else to make them for me...
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:iconbubble100:
bubble100 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh they are amazing, I watched the WIP and I couldnt believe what you made them out of!!
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:icondragonsculptor:
dragonsculptor Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
now that I've begun working with magic sculp, I can't imagion working these out of anything else
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:iconbubble100:
bubble100 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yeh, its magic stuff, a lot of people use it (I think anyway) I know of one person who does custom made My Little Ponies from that stuff :)
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:iconchild-of-aros:
child-of-aros Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
woah....stunning
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:icondragonsculptor:
dragonsculptor Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you :bow:
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:iconadzstitch:
AdzStitch Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2008  Professional General Artist
that's unreal ...wow
great job O.O
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:icondragonsculptor:
dragonsculptor Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you :bow:
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:iconxgealicdraganx:
xgealicdraganx Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2008
wow...i'd kill to have that hanging on my wall.

the scales are incredible by the by. i admire your patience and attention to details
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:icondragonsculptor:
dragonsculptor Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
no need to kill, all it took was paying for it, it sold for $1400
and I am always available to be commissioned for another like it. not exactly the same but similar, or even something more personal to whoever wants one ;)
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:iconxgealicdraganx:
xgealicdraganx Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2008
wow...i'll have to keep that in mind. how much do your commissions usually run?
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:icondragonsculptor:
dragonsculptor Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
for the one of a kind like my dragons commissions run about the same as how they're priced. take for example "learning to fly" to commission one like that would cost $1500, if you wanted it scaled like "border guards" it would be $2500, reducing the size only reduces the price only so much. I calculate my prices based on material costs plus estimated time, "learning to fly" took about $300 in materials and 150 hours of working time, adding scales would take about 80 to 100 hours. the other texturing technique can be found on some of my latest dragon heads, that would only add about $100 to the original price. take into account it is 55 inches tall. now "border guards" is allot smaller yet not that much less, on that one the material costs are closer to $400 and then add the scales, and you can understand.
if you have any questions let me know and I'll be happy to share
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iluvsaphira Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2008
wow... thats awesome!
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:icondragonsculptor:
dragonsculptor Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks :bow:
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:iconiluvsaphira:
iluvsaphira Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2008
welcome ^^
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:iconananasje:
ananasje Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2008
AMAZING! whoa ...O.o I wish I was that good.. Don't even have the patience to finish one project.. :D
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:icondragonsculptor:
dragonsculptor Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you
yeah, I used to have the hardest time finishing pieces, I loved starting them, making something new all the time, but never seemed to finish, wold get tired of the piece if it took more than 5 days. so most of my work takes less time than that. It wasn't till I did this [link] piece in collage, over 8 weeks and I still never got to finish it. that I found the trick to being able to work longer, to having the patience to finish. I had to love the piece and had to feel the details were worth the effort.
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:iconananasje:
ananasje Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008
:)Yeah , details are really worth it, it's what makes it so special after all. I really wish I was that good! Maybe someday... I really need to practice! XD well.. Working on a new project atm , really hope to finish it :)
greets Naka
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:icondragonsculptor:
dragonsculptor Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
you will, if only because you can't stand the thought of not finishing another one ;)
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:iconananasje:
ananasje Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008
lol , the bare truth :p Halfway there, ths is the prettiest sculpture I made so far, but it's still far far away from getting as good as yours :D
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:icondragonsculptor:
dragonsculptor Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
wish I had some pics of ones I did in high school so you could see that with constant work you continue to grow in your talents. then again I was pretty good back then ;)
lol
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:iconananasje:
ananasje Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2008
ooh I wish I could see them! Did you go to artschool , or just enjoyed doing it?
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:icondragonsculptor:
dragonsculptor Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
a little of both, this is from before art school [link] and this is from after [link]
art has been my career goal since I was 4
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:iconshirral:
Shirral Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2008  Student General Artist
The scales...! *.*
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:icondragonsculptor:
dragonsculptor Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
over 3000 of them individualy placed :D
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