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OK, I've been doing a little more thinking on this.  Honestly, I think I'd back up a bit further.  Go back to your original shape in the drawing, it is more castable.  Use a rather stiff rod for a lot of this (thin coat hanger works). Concentrate on getting a nice smooth curve like the original artwork.

 

Don't sculpt the base right away, leave that for last.  You could even do something more fancy like a brain coral or something.

 

Do the head as we discussed.

 

Plan a cut through the body at the bend to the tail.  The rest should be good.  Do the fin on the tail as shown, but for the rest of the body, sculpt in a channel then sculpt the fin sepearately on brass sheet cut to fit. It will likely need to be in three pieces, broken where they switch direction across the body.  These can then be molded separately and assembled by the painter into the slot on the back of the serpent.  See below:

 

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I hope this helps and is not being too pedantic.  :unsure:

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...is underway! Ha! So far, just concept art. I'm going to try and start the armature today   I'm also going to try a chinese dragon later on, so that's what that drawing is for        

Progress!    

Looking good.  I especially like the sea serpent.   A couple points for you though on the engineering of these:   1. The wire looks a bit frail to support that much mini.  Might want to go with ei

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Luckily the base isn't actually his base, it was just something to hold him because he wouldn't stay on the cork. he pops right off it  ^_^ 

And you're quite fine! I'm all for advice to help me improve  ::D: just need to try and bend him into a shape that's closer to the original design, or start over. I think I can bend him though

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Tale spinner, do you use solid brash sheet or the mesh style sheets? Mostly just curious since I've used the sheets that were more like a screen before to reduce weight. I won't be casting any of mine so it doesn't matter to me, but for casting would that work?

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In the Sculpting Dragons class I took at the last Reapercon with Julie Guthrie, she showed us that she uses the wire mesh sheets for her dragon wings. So, I would say wire mesh sheets are good to go.  I even bought some at the con. Later tonight, I can check to see what the exact product name is and if they have a website. 

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Julie uses wire mesh.  I have yet to try that.  They give a nice ability to form them in 3 dimensions.  However, Julie told me at ReaperCon last spring that she went to that for the Bones sculpts.  You have to be more careful with how much you deform the mesh with pewter casting.  That said, the mesh is a good alternative as well.  I mention brass sheets because it is what I use and I will continue to use it for a lot of applications, like the fins Siri is doing, but If I ever do another big set of wings, I'd definitely switch to mesh for that.  Each tool has its applications, and each sculptor has his/her way of working and approaching a problem. :poke:   

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Love what you're doing, Siri. I don't normally check out the Sculpting sub-forum, but I saw this and had to look. (Though I think your Eastern-style dragon looks a little heavy in the chest, but that's just my opinion.)  :poke:

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Love what you're doing, Siri. I don't normally check out the Sculpting sub-forum, but I saw this and had to look. (Though I think your Eastern-style dragon looks a little heavy in the chest, but that's just my opinion.)  :poke:

 

yea, i'm bad about actually giving my oriental dragons a rib cage haha. I don't like the completely snakey tube shape  ::P: my oriental dragons usually have noticeable rib cage, a shorter neck than you usually see on them, and limbs that are in proper places and don't stick out every which way randomly  ::D:

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