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Astarte wip by mangakasan Astarte wip by mangakasan
I thought it would be fun to upload a work in process again (since it's been a while i posted one here) This is a piece i'm currently sculpting along with 6 other projects, Astarte is a commissioned piece for :iconwhererosesgrowwild: of her beautiful borzoi/eastern dragon OC (Astarte).
As you can see the head is as good as done (i might ad some sculpted fluff around the cheeks/ears to create some contrast later between the sculpt and the completely furred neck/chest which will be furred with real hair once it's baked and painted.

As seen on the first picture i started out creating an armature of wire/aluminum foil and masking tape, then i sculpt over it with a blend of super sculpey and sculpey firm (the grey-ish clay), weak parts like the horns and limbs are reinforced with apoxy sculpt (white clay), his eyes were cast from clear resin and painted with acrylics.

for more wips of sculptures and other works you can visit my facebook > [link] and/or my tumblr: [link]

Character belongs to :iconwhererosesgrowwild:
Sculpt/art by moi :)
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samanta199822 Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I can not comment on that ... just great!
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Errtan Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014
So the eyes doesn't just drip away when you bake the sculp? I thought clear resin did that when it becomes too hot!
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mangakasan Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nope, resin and glass/wood wont be affected by the oven's heat until a certain degree
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Errtan Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014
Good to know! Thanks! :)
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Rilguia Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
S-so detailed and professional!!! *v*
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TheSilverEyedLombax Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is totally epic!
What is resin, I have only been sculpting for a few months and would love to learn. :)
P.S. I only have SuperSculpey fim and was wondering if you can do delicate parts like you can do with the white clay? Any tips at all would be helpful! Thanks! :D
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mangakasan Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
resin is usually a two part epoxy which you can use for casting objects with, i use the clear epoxy resin to cast transparent things like eyes with, once cured its really hard and has a look like glass (tho resin is very toxic so be careful with it if you plan to use it one day) you can sculpt delicate parts with any clay, but the chances of it breaking during shipping and such are greater aswell, if you only use sculpey make sure the armature underneath is sturdy and strong that might help keeping it durable, sometimes it helps to glaze small fragile parts like horns/teeth/nails as some glazes adds strength aswell :)
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TheSilverEyedLombax Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the tips! It is always good to hear from the experienced artists! :D
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ClarkyGirl Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
Did I mention you are ridiculously good at this?
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Lillyfrost Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Student General Artist
Lately I was wonder about trying sculpting but being realistic I can't afford the money the sculpture clay+other materials needed :(
I watched some webpages where they sell out the media, as I've also being looking for some awesome books of how working on this.

But most important is that my most strong inspiration would be you, because even without knowing about your sculptures amaze me and hehe I was wishing some days ago to see more of your sculptures :D

Bet that if I get the chance of working with this amazing clay I will ask you -hope don't bother you so much >n<;; but i'm pretty new because I've just worked with cheap and low quality clays that are not even half beautiful than this. I love the fine quality it has when done and before baked/full dry.
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mangakasan Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah good polymer clay can be costly, but it surely is worthy of it's money :) as for the rest i suppose if you want to go low budged the clay is the most priciest item, as for tools you can use anything from toothpick and even your own hands are enough to do the trick (as i know some artists who only work with their hands and air dry clay (like creaturesfromell) and who still make fantastic stuff!) so on tools you don't have to spend to much, still if you prefer to get some tools then these plastic cheap play-dough tools do a nice enough job as well :3 as for armature material (iron wire< is cheaper then aluminum wire/aluminum foil and masking tape) are super cheap as well, so you see you can safe on a lot of money if you want to try sculpting especially when your just starting out, you can always invest on better materials later when you do have the funds to buy them :3
And of course! If you do one day start sculpting feel free to bombard me with all your questions as i really don't mind, you know where to find me after all ^^
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Lillyfrost Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Student General Artist
Yeah, even of the price I'm in love how it turnes out and surely it worths every single centim it costs.

Oh I totally forgot commenting this artwork >n< I got to excited about telling you all that stuff...hehehe
It looks pretty awesome and the first shot when looking like a hound dog is fantastic and very interesting how was changing up to the next stage and I'm eager to see it when finished <33
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mangakasan Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha thank you hun :3
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LeEpicDerpyPanda Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
Oh wow, I thought it was a dog when I saw the second panel. O.O Looks pertty though. ^v^)b
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mangakasan Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha it does have a borzoi head so you diddnt really saw that wrong :3
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LeEpicDerpyPanda Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
Oh. I see. That makes more sense now. ^.^
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KamillaM Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
gorgeaus!!!!
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Entesi Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazing!
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MamaLucia Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Can't wait to see the finished dragon!!!! :excited: :eager: :w00t: :D
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mangakasan Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! Hey did you receive the sketch yet for your sculpture? i'm waiting for your feedback before i continue :3 (if somehow you diddnt get it i will send it to you again)
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MamaLucia Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
If you sent it to may email, nope, I didn't get it ... :(

Will re-note email ... :nod:
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mangakasan Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ok tried your email again, if you diddnt get it again then dont worry i'lljust put everything on photobucket from here on and note you the links :)
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MamaLucia Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I got it, love the picture, and sent an email back. THANKS!!!!!!!!
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mangakasan Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad it works now XD
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Necrisha Featured By Owner May 20, 2013   General Artist
That's gorgeous! Switching build styles can be useful if you ever get stuck or find a plateau you can't seem to break past; but if your current technique provides the results you want you certainly don't have to change :)
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mangakasan Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yes i know the benefit of doing the piece in one go but i cant get comfortable with that approach XD
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Imagineator Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
how did u learn to do stuff like this, its amazing
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mangakasan Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha from the internet tutorials and a lot of effort and work after XD
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Imagineator Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
wow you must have a lot of patience
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WolfPawsteps Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Woah! Cool!
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TechnoShadowBlood Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hah, it looked like a Greyhound!
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mangakasan Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
almost! the head was designed after a borzoi XD
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DougOrama Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice work. I like seeing it in progress because I'm still trying to figure all this out. I have been dabbling with Sculpey for a while but I was unaware of Apoxy Sculpt. Sounds like exactly what I need, because I tend to make fairly large figures with weak, skinny weight-bearing points that are bound to break eventually.

I tend to work on the heads first, as well, though I keep reading that's the wrong way to do it. Heck, what are you gonna do? If the head isn't right, the rest of it isn't going to make it better. I have a hard time working on a head that is already fixed into place. I like to sculpt it in my hands, and than attach it to a body.
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mangakasan Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
In my opinion there is no wrong way to do something, it's just a different approach, maybe less often used as most sculptors create a stand for their work and they work the whole figure at once, it does have a lot of benefits because you can spot flaws easier, but i kinda am grown onto this method because i like to hold my work and be able to bring it close to me instead of working on it in front of me on a table/desk.
Apoxy sculpt is a air dry clay which you don't have to bake, it is quite strong when cured but kinda hard to sculpt the level of detail i always do so for that polymer clays like sculpey still have my preference also because sometimes i like to go back to an area and fix things which is harder to do with air dry clay that only gives you a couple of hours to work on, but it's perfect to re-enforce parts with.
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LuLu-Fukurou Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
this looks quite promising! I'm looking forward it's finished!
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Lady-Hannibal Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful!

I love to see in progress works.
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Finchya Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It looks great so far! I love what you've done with the face.
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PheraRow Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
Looks pretty good so far Mangakasan. Can't wait to see your finished work.
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mangakasan Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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MatWildCat Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I personally love watching the pieces slowly come to life like this. Makes the end result so much better.
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mangakasan Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha thanks, i kinda like to see in process works from others too because it's interesting to see how pieces are made :)
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MatWildCat Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I agree. I like to see how things are made and understand how it's put together.
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LunarSapphire-studio Featured By Owner May 20, 2013   Digital Artist
This looks really awesome. I love the eyes so beautifully. And i really need to give the masking tape idea a try.

I have a question though. If the eyes was made out of resin wouldn't it melt when the clay is baked?
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mangakasan Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No resin is heat proof until a certain degree, if it is fully cured it will be fine baked along with the sculpture in the oven, glass beads/eyes will be fine too and so are some wooden beads, but don't put plastic or acrylic beads/eyes in they will melt or explode out of your sculpture!
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LunarSapphire-studio Featured By Owner May 21, 2013   Digital Artist
Ok cool. AH! Thanks for the tip. So far i used glass beads but i want to make my own eyes. The resin you use is the same one from the arts stores right? I going to try find something to make a mold for eye sizes i want. Is there a mold you buy or you made your own....

also thank you for your responses. :D
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mangakasan Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i use a clear resin from easy cast (it comes in two bottles which you have to mix equal portions of before you cast it which may ask for practice as it is quite difficult in the beginning as the resin needs to be warmed up (i usually put both bottles in a bucket of hot tap water and let them sit in it for 5 minutes, when the bottles feel warm it shud be good enough to mix portions, also you really have to measure out exact amounts of both bottles to mix otherwise your resin might never cure or goes very bubbly once cured) for the mold i use a two part silicone epoxy which you have to mix aswell (you have these in conditioning form and in liquid form) for the eyes i usually use the vast form one that you can mix in your hands and then press the beads in half way and take them out once the silicone has hardened :) Anyway feel free to nudge me if you have questions or face difficulties with the materials
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LunarSapphire-studio Featured By Owner May 27, 2013   Digital Artist
AH! thank you. When i have money again i'll give this direction a try. For now i'll just use the glass beads i have(no exploding/melting eye for me. LOL) I'll definitely nudge if i have any problems/questions. :D
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ObsidianKaesken Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I think I've read it somewhere but I cannot remember. The white tape-looking thing you're using to put the clay over, what is that stuff called?
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mangakasan Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the tape i use is masking tape, it keeps the foil in place while you handle the sculpture, the other white stuff is apoxy clay, i use that airdrying strong clay to reinforce certain fragile parts to give them more strength.
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ObsidianKaesken Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ah, nice. I've been wanting to get into sculpting and here soon, I'll be having some extra money to purchase the required materials. I've always enjoyed looking at your WIPs. They're just so amazing.

Thanks for the response.
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