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Some sketches for future sculptures.

None of these are particularly interesting, but it’s rare for me to even have time to sketch now so I was excited for them! I’m hoping to do a couple of winter bases this christmas break. I’ve also got much better and faster at making sculptures that are pegged onto one leg, which opens up options and creativity even more. 

I start placement october 27th! Then at least I’ll have weekends to do stuff! Yay stuff! This semester has been brutal. I’m not even sure how I’m passing. 

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Super sad to hear about Cigar dying. When I was 15 I read a book about him and begged my gramma to take me to Lexington to see him, which she did, and it was awesome. I’ve visited Kentucky 4 times in total (2005, 2008, 2010, 2013) and every time made sure to go visit him again. So many good memories! There are tons of racehorses that I love but Cigar was the one that really got me into the sport. He definitely lived a long, super spoiled life so it’s a happy sort of sad I have about it. Visiting Lexington won’t ever be the same!

All of these photos were from times I saw him on each of my visits from 2005-2013.

Cigar was also an amazing racehorse, having a 16-win streak in 1994-1996 and with $9,999,815 in earnings upon retirement. 

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This week has been a whole lot of awful piled on awful with some terribleness mixed in. Everything from getting trapped in an elevator for an hour, to getting hardcore torn apart from a prof after a presentation, to sleeping at most 5 hours a night this week. Oh, and we got our next placement assignments, and I’m not suuuper excited about mine. Guess it could be worse, right?
Today was better, I got mail! I got some stuff from the States, including the Creature Sculpt book by EmilySculpts, some snow flocking stuff, and a gorgeous sculpture from Jan. Check out Jan’s work here!  Jan is from Alaska and doesn’t ship international so I haven’t been able to get one of her sculptures yet, despite how much I love them all. Luckily my good friend in the States let me send it to her! Also saved mad on shipping and customs for the book as well.
The other stuff I got was from a huge order from Victoria’s Secret. I sold a few sculpture last week so have done a bit of shopping. :) 
And of course, Oot, my cat, must approve all new packages. 
Hope everyone is doing well! If I survive October, I promise I’ll most more when we go on placement! (October 27th can’t come soon enough!)

This week has been a whole lot of awful piled on awful with some terribleness mixed in. Everything from getting trapped in an elevator for an hour, to getting hardcore torn apart from a prof after a presentation, to sleeping at most 5 hours a night this week. Oh, and we got our next placement assignments, and I’m not suuuper excited about mine. Guess it could be worse, right?

Today was better, I got mail! I got some stuff from the States, including the Creature Sculpt book by EmilySculpts, some snow flocking stuff, and a gorgeous sculpture from Jan. Check out Jan’s work here!  Jan is from Alaska and doesn’t ship international so I haven’t been able to get one of her sculptures yet, despite how much I love them all. Luckily my good friend in the States let me send it to her! Also saved mad on shipping and customs for the book as well.

The other stuff I got was from a huge order from Victoria’s Secret. I sold a few sculpture last week so have done a bit of shopping. :) 

And of course, Oot, my cat, must approve all new packages. 

Hope everyone is doing well! If I survive October, I promise I’ll most more when we go on placement! (October 27th can’t come soon enough!)

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Here is a little set showing the appaloosa cob I made from armature to the full thing. I still plan on taking him outdoors for some photos this weekend. He is made from polymer clay over a wire and foil armature, and painted in acrylic. His hair is a mohair blend. He took me longer to paint than he did to sculpt, and ended up sucking up most of my holiday, but I love how he turned out. I adore appaloosas and furry cob/ vanner types, so combining them made sense! 

I was planning on putting him for sale and have had several people message me about him, but I really like him and spent ages on him so am not even sure what I want to charge. Also I need to give him a name at some point. 

More pictures to follow!

Another set of Kismet’s creation. He got feature as a daily deviation on deviantart.com today which was so exciting! He’s also still for sale :)

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"Kismet" ooak appaloosa gypsy vanner horse sculpture. He is made from polymer clay over a wire and foil armature, and painted in acrylics. His hair is a blend of mohair. 

He’s for sale on etsy! 

Kismet got a daily deviation on DeviantArt today. He’s still one of my favourites so I was quite excited! http://scenceable.deviantart.com/art/Kismet-428049354

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Demon horse - work in progress (polymer clay sculpture)

I’m hoping to use a bunch of mixed materials for this guy (latex, horse hair, etc) so he hasn’t been finished yet. I was doodling in class one day and drew this crazy horse face and turned it into this. Not sure how well you can see but he has one large white eye and one cut out eye. Hoping he’ll be super creepy and scary when finished! 

UM. IS HE FOR SALE.

Ditto^
Is he?!

He’ll be for sale when he’s done, but that might not be until january :) I have a zombie horse for sale on etsy right now though! https://www.etsy.com/shop/scenceable

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Demon horse - work in progress (polymer clay sculpture)

I’m hoping to use a bunch of mixed materials for this guy (latex, horse hair, etc) so he hasn’t been finished yet. I was doodling in class one day and drew this crazy horse face and turned it into this. Not sure how well you can see but he has one large white eye and one cut out eye. Hoping he’ll be super creepy and scary when finished! 

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"Path" sculpture - work in progress

Made from polymer clay over wire and foil. She will eventually be on a base with a field of gold grass. 

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Not sure if anyone remembers me asking about making a cloud base… well.

I decided to use expanding foam (the stuff you put in drywall crevices) and actually did not expect it to expand so much! It just kept growing. But it’s quite lightweight and durable. I’m going to coat it several times and then flock it using fake snow. Hopefully that will do the trick!

This pegasus sculpture has been difficult also. His face finally looked ok, and I’ve been having a ton of issues getting his legs to look right. They are way too small here. Hopefully he’ll look super gorgeous one day, I’m determined!

My sculptures are one of a kind, made of polymer clay over wire and foil. For more, check out facebook.com/quequinoxart

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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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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! :)

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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