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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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:iconerrtan:
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 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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:iconerrtan:
Good to know! Thanks! :)
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Rilguia May 30, 2013  Student General Artist
S-so detailed and professional!!! *v*
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TheSilverEyedLombax 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 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 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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:iconclarkygirl:
Did I mention you are ridiculously good at this?
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Lillyfrost 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 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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