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19 hours ago, kristof65 said:

The effort looks worth it, though. 

I have to admit, the concept of the turtle druid with the tree didn't appeal to me, but the further along you get on this sculpt, the more it's growing on me. 

 

I see what you did there. :poke:

 

I will say that the difference between the rough tree, and the current tree with bark and needles is astonishing. That druid is looking really good.

 

I also really like the Bard's posture. Can't wait to see it filled out with details.

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21 minutes ago, klarg1 said:

I will say that the difference between the rough tree, and the current tree with bark and needles is astonishing. That druid is looking really good.

 

That is one of the hardest things for me to share. I know what it will look like when I am done, more or less when I start, but I can't download that picture from my brain to you adequately enough.  Once I have it set in my head how I want it to look, I break it all down into little steps on how to get there.  You all get to see each of those steps in sequence, without always getting the benefit of seeing or knowing what each of those steps is going to become or even always why I chose to do various things in the underpinning and such.  I always have a reason, those reasons just aren't always obvious.

 

Today at lunch, I hope to get the tree completely finished.

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4 minutes ago, TaleSpinner said:

 

That is one of the hardest things for me to share. I know what it will look like when I am done, more or less when I start, but I can't download that picture from my brain to you adequately enough.  Once I have it set in my head how I want it to look, I break it all down into little steps on how to get there.  You all get to see each of those steps in sequence, without always getting the benefit of seeing or knowing what each of those steps is going to become or even always why I chose to do various things in the underpinning and such.  I always have a reason, those reasons just aren't always obvious.

We may not be able to peer into your head and see the final image before you're finished with the sculpt, but I, for one, really appreciate you sharing all the intermediate steps. It not only demystifies the process, it is inspiring as well. 

I've long struggled with having images in my head that I can't get out, and watching someone else go through the meticulous step by step process of turning their own visions into reality has helped me immensely. 

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22 minutes ago, TaleSpinner said:

 

That is one of the hardest things for me to share. I know what it will look like when I am done, more or less when I start, but I can't download that picture from my brain to you adequately enough.  Once I have it set in my head how I want it to look, I break it all down into little steps on how to get there.  You all get to see each of those steps in sequence, without always getting the benefit of seeing or knowing what each of those steps is going to become or even always why I chose to do various things in the underpinning and such.  I always have a reason, those reasons just aren't always obvious.

 

Today at lunch, I hope to get the tree completely finished.


From my end, that is part of the fun, although I can understand why it might be frustrating for you.

I appreciate your willingness to share the process of your craft.

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That tree is awesome. 

It occurs to me that we need to get Ron to commission you to make some similarly styled trees for Bones.  That style of tree would actually lend itself well to the tendency of the Bones material to warp, as it would help each tree look even more individual. 

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I had planned on getting a lot done this weekend, then I got sick and slept for most of it. <_<

 

I did get an armature created for a raven seated on the druid's staff:

 

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Then I forged out a lower jaw for it:

 

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And finally, I added the lower bill to the raven and under-pinned its body a bit:

 

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I also created an armature for the Bard's instrument:

 

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One of several reference photos for the raven:

 

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I love ravens.  One of my favorite animals.

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I love ravens too, especially when they are into mimicry. (Although they are amazing stunt flyers also)

 

I ran across this one urban raven near my old office, sitting on the street corner eating a dead pigeon.  While mimicking pigeon calls between bites! 

 

Same bird a couple weeks later was sorting the contents of a trash can on the same corner.  When he would pluck out something inedible, he'd wait for a human to pass by and throw it at their feet to make them jump out of the way.  A real jerk, but talk about personality!  The ones nesting near my place are usually too busy getting harrassed by crows to really cause any trouble.  Those crows are just jealous...

 

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