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  For your first try, it's pretty damn good... Some of the edges are a little bit soft, but that's the sort of thing you get better at with practice (and greater magnification, lol). Although those clay shapers are good for smoothing and blending edges, and pushing around putty for bulk details, you should consider doing a lot more work with your hobby knife as the white clay shapers are fairly soft and don't have nearly as fine an edge or point on them.

(They also sell black clay shapers as well, which are the firmer ones - most folks use the extra-firm ones in a size 0...)

And always keep your tools well-lubricated - it makes it a lot easier to make the putty go where you want it.


  As for the rock, I think part of the problem may be that it just doesn't look much like rocks... It looks more like a stalagmite in a cave. Different types of stone have very different characteristics, and are affected differently by different types of erosion, i.e., a river rock is going to be smooth and round, whereas a boulder rolled by a glacier isn't going to be nearly as even although it'll still have more rounded edges. Being an inorganic object, it's much likelier to have sharper edges and flat surfaces than a living creature/plant like a tree or the dragon. The various details on the rocks should be smaller and sharper than what you're likely to get using the clay shapers.

Usually when I make rocks I use the flat side of a hobby knife or bladed sculpting tool to form the various sides, and then use just the point of the flat side held at a slight angle to press in details with sharp edges.

What you might consider doing is looking up a few pics of different rock formations and taking a flat file (if you have one) to some of the side of the rocks.


  You're off to a really good start so far.


  Oh, one other note - we're not allowed to post commerce links here, so you might want to edit your post above to link directly to the picture rather than the web page it's on...

Thank you for the kind words and advice! I'll definitely try fixing up the stone when the wings are done. I tried pushing a small stone against it for the surface, but you're absolutely right about it being to soft around the edges, I think I made a mistake in thinking the surface of a small rock would look like a shrunken big rock.. It's probably not that scale-able, at least not in this case.

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I am of course in way over my head here, but I am trying my hand at sculpting now. I've looked at a bunch of guides and tutorials, and played around with GS and fimo. This project will hopefully resul

Photo time!    Here's part of his back... The holes are for attaching of the wings, something I of course realized I should have thought of earlier. Oh well... His teeny weeny face, yay! 

Here he is, painted and together with his master! I haven't got any "proper" photos of him yet, but there will probably be some of those soon, since I want to have my first try at sculpting well docu

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Definately like the way you are going with your dragonette!

I would never have guessed it was your first time!

And +1 for the extra firm clay shapers!

It looks great!


I couldn't do that!


*** on a sidenote I don't eat fish, but throw me an Elk or Moose and I'll eat it***

Alg is fabulous when cooked good!


A European that doesn't eat fish? :blink:



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Definately like the way you are going with your dragonette!

I would never have guessed it was your first time!

And +1 for the extra firm clay shapers!

It looks great!


I couldn't do that!


*** on a sidenote I don't eat fish, but throw me an Elk or Moose and I'll eat it***

Alg is fabulous when cooked good!


A European that doesn't eat fish? :blink:




You might be surprised how many of us there are.


Some of our ancestors were fisherman, others were hunters....I think mine were hunters...

If something comes out of the sea and I like it...



It's probably a pretty woman in swimsuit..


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He is done! And here's more pictures!



Wire structure for wings added.



GS carefully added in thin layers to create the wings. This was a really pain...



Other side... Here I've also started working on the stones to make them more realistic.



Done! Base coat added (still not dry, hence the shine).



I fixed the stones and made them look like a pile of stones instead of a pile of ****. ::P:



There was some problems with attaching the wings and I had to use both glue and GS to make one of them stick properly. I don't think it's very noticeable though.


This was really fun and I actually think the little guy is pretty cute. Sure, his face is a bit dorky, but I guess it's part of his charm. :;):

There is one thing I noted for the next time I'll do something like this:

I need patience! From waiting until the GS is really cured before trying to add more detail, to properly planning the "skeleton" wire, I need to let things take their time in order to make everything so much easier.


Thanks everyone for your advice and nice words! It's really inspiring, and unless I do something terrible you might get a picture of him painted as well (he might even be something I'd like to show off). :;):



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Here he is, painted and together with his master! ::D: I haven't got any "proper" photos of him yet, but there will probably be some of those soon, since I want to have my first try at sculpting well documented. ::):




We had him in game yesterday, though he didn't get much action as he was set to be the look-out while we're raiding a cave... ::P:

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