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August Round Up

Hey guys! School starts back up tomorrow, with what promises to be the hardest semester of the whole program. I probably won’t be able to touch clay again until at least November. Unfortunately I got really sick two weeks ago and did not accomplish as much as I wish I had. That being said, I thought it would make me feel better to write a little round up of what I did get done:

Finished (6):
-Necrosis (zombie unicorn)
-Tundra (twisty kirin)
-Ariss (arab colt)
-Relent (arab mare)
-2 hippocampus (seraph and callisto)

Ready for Paint (5):
-Eternal and Path (OCs)
-watercolour kirin
-kelpie/ seamonster horse
-fairy kitsune/ wolf

Started/ In Progress:
-bat-winged demon horse
-Caelum (pegasus on a cloud base)
-andalusian unicorn
-bases for Path, Caelum, and Eternal

Ideally I would have liked to at least have finished the kitsune, kelpie, and watercolour kirin, but this at least gives me something inspiring to work on on weekends or whenever I get a chance. I do have a whole bunch of in progress photos to post, and I’m active on tumblr anyway so hopefully this hiatus will not be as bad! And I get time on November and December free for sculpture, which isn’t too far off! :) 

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This is Caelum, a to-be large pegasus sculpture that will have a cloud base. 

I took these photos to illustrate a bit how I go about sculpting the faces on these. I also tend to take photos as I go because for some reason a flat image makes it easier to pick up flaws and asymmetry than staring at the actual item does. 

My first steps in sculpting are to lay out the basic shapes. I then use metal tools to carve in large bone and muscle groups, and try to get the underlying anatomy blocks in. Once I have the basic shape of the eyes, muzzle, and cheek bones, I start working on expression. Toward the end of the photos, I have an expression I like, and am working on symmetry and small anatomy. At this stage I often switch to silicone tools with a tiny bit of mineral oil to smooth for veins and eyelids and other small details. Finally, right before I bake, I use a small, hard-bristled brush with oil on it to smooth everything down, and get rid of all the little flecks of clay that build up. 

As you can see in the straight-on photo, this sculpture did NOT want to cooperate and be symmetrical. I often do not sculpt eyes so that was also difficult. But I like how he turned out, and will post new photos now that he is baked (he is unbaked in all of these and still in progress) in a few days. 

One thing I have seen many people do which I have not tried yet is to get a small adjustable mirror so you can look at the opposite side of the face as you are sculpting one side. The issue with this is I don’t think it helps you pick up on things like slightly uneven eyelids, but might be good to try if you’re struggling! 

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Sometimes I take a break from sculpting and

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These are two of my bigger summer projects. The other two (watercolour kirin and the demon horse) are my others. Demon horse is nowhere near done, but watercolour kirin needs paint, and these two should hopefully be ready for paint very soon! 

I’m enjoying working with the fantasy film! It’s a different way of planning sculptures for sure, but I love all the sparkly iridescent awesomeness at the end. 

The kitsune fox dude will be white with purple wings and fins, and the kelpie hippocampus guy will be a dark green with gold highlights. 

Both are made from polymer clay (cernit or sculpey firm) over a wire and foil armature. The wings and fins are fantasy film with clear gel and paint. You can’t bake the film wings so they are attached and reinforced with apoxie sculpt.  :)

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emilysculpts:

emilysculpts:

LAST CALL FOR PAPERBACKS!  Only 10 Copies Remain!  Final Post!!

Well, we are just about wrapped up here.  I don’t expect these to even last another week so order right now!  I was originally going to go back up to cover price for the final 10, but you guys have been such an awesome support, I decided to keep a few bucks off the paperbacks.  

BONUS!  Vouchers for FREE enrollment in my new Skillshare class will be randomly inserted into the remaining paperbacks.  There will be 10 winners in total.  This only applies to paperback and combo orders.

Order Today on emilySculpts.com or my Etsy shop.

Have you checked out my new class on Skillshare yet?  Check it out and enroll today!  Use code “THANKYOU” for 50% off through the end of August!

This is it!  10 copies left!  And the last of these posts!   Order now!

I finally caved and bought one… for my followers who ask about tutorials and such, this might be an excellent resource! She has ebooks as well! :)

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This was an interesting one for me so I figured I’d post about it. I often go through issues with certain sculptures, but I usually hit a point where I enjoy what I’m doing with them and think it looks good. Most go through an ugly stage, either when sculpting or when painting, some struggle more than others. Painting this sculpture was awful, I hated pretty much every minute of it, which is really unusual for me. 

Initially, I did the appaloosa backwards. When painting appaloosa, you’re supposed to start with the dark, so I would have painted her chestnut and done all the highlighting, and then started adding the white in layers. Because I did it wrong, I had to then redo it properly. Afterward, I didn’t have a set plan for the mapping, so instead of doing a blanket appaloosa or something I just winged it. This resulted in a lot of frustration since the mapping looked terrible at first. And then when I finally got the mapping to look okay, I realized I hadn’t made the undercoat interesting enough, so she looked boring, just one solid colour with white on top. Then I redid patches with lighter and darker chestnut, which was again very frustrating, erasing hours of work. 

Finally, after like 30 hours of painting (more like repainting and repainting), I was happy with her. Then I went through 3 sets of hair with her, because the shades weren’t right, or the texture was weird. 

I usually don’t redo things so many times. The other appaloosa I did, Kismet, took ages but that was from doing detail, not doing things wrong and redoing them. It’s one of those funny things, I know they’re not alive but some of them just do not want to cooperate at any stage of the process. However, I am really happy with how she turned out, even if I strongly felt like smashing her on multiple occasions. 

The final sculpture is called “Relent” and is available for sale on etsy.

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"Ariss" the arabian colt sculpture, was actually sculpted back in December 2013 and was painted and finished in August 2014. The first few photos show him in the armature and early sculpting phases, and then you can see him without paint and in later painting stages. Poor guy took a long time to finish, but I really like how he turned out. 

Ariss is for sale on etsy!

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"Ariss" one of a kind, hand sculpted bay arabian colt. He is made from polymer clay over  a wire and foil frame, and painted in acrylics. His hair is a mohair blend. He is about 4 inches long. He is available for sale on etsy.

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"Seraph" is a one of a kind polymer clay sculpture. She is a hippocampus or seahorse, or "unicorn mermaid" as some of my friends have said. She is made from polymer clay over a wire and foil armature, and painted in acrylics. Her fins are fantasy film and clear gel. Her hair is tibetan lamb fur. She is super iridescent and sparkly. She is available for sale on etsy

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"Relent" is a one of a kind, handmade, polymer clay sculpture. She was made over a wire and foil frame, painted in acrylics, and given mohair for her mane and tail. She has inset resin eyes, and is available for sale on etsy. 

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"Tundra", a 12 inch tall kirin sculpture, made from polymer clay over wire and foil and painted in acrylics. He was super fun to make, and while he ended up being way bigger than I expected, I really enjoyed working on him and am happy with how he turned out. He is removable from the base and the tail and tree are both made of plastic so are flexible and durable.

Tundra is available on etsy!

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"Necrosis" is a one of a kind, handmade polymer clay sculpture. She was created over a wire and foil armature, painted in acrylic paint, and given goat fur for hair. She is the second zombie unicorn I have done, and has all sorts of rotting, gory details. She is about 4 inches long from chest to bum and 5.5 inches tall from hoof to ear tip. 

Necrosis the zombie unicorn is for sale on etsy. The link to my etsy store is here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/scenceable

you can also check me out on facebook

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quequinoxart:

Hey guys! I got back from the cottage which was super fun and gave me a chance to get some nice outdoor photos of six new sculptures. All six will be listed for sale tomorrow around 4pm EST. The link to my etsy shop is below. They don’t all have names or exact prices yet, but they will range from about $225 to $550 and I do take payments. More information will be available in the etsy descriptions once they go for sale tomorrow.

All of my sculptures are one of a kind, made from polymer clay over a wire and foil base and painted in acrylics. 

Etsy Link: https://www.etsy.com/shop/scenceable

follow me on facebook for more updates: facebook.com/quequinoxart

The listings are now live! :) 

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Hey guys! I got back from the cottage which was super fun and gave me a chance to get some nice outdoor photos of six new sculptures. All six will be listed for sale tomorrow around 4pm EST. The link to my etsy shop is below. They don’t all have names or exact prices yet, but they will range from about $225 to $550 and I do take payments. More information will be available in the etsy descriptions once they go for sale tomorrow.

All of my sculptures are one of a kind, made from polymer clay over a wire and foil base and painted in acrylics. 

Etsy Link: https://www.etsy.com/shop/scenceable

follow me on facebook for more updates: facebook.com/quequinoxart

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Question!

Hey followers and fellow artists. I have a question. Ideas welcome!

I am making a giant (like 12 inches tall) rearing pegasus that will be pegged off one leg, similar to the twisty kirin I am working on, but heavier due to the wings. The base is going to be a cloud, and will hopefully be able to be suspended somehow (like clipped to the side of a desk or hung up or something). I am planning to do a lot of the sculpting with ultralight sculpey. 

My dilemma is regarding what materials to use for a durable, preferably lightweight, cloud. Clay wouldn’t look too nice, and someone suggested cotton balls which I’m not a fan of because they look bad and degrade over time. Anyone have any suggestions? They can be terrible suggestions, I’m blanking at the moment so any suggestions you have are welcome!