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Well, I figured that the market for cactus-folk was small enough that I shouldn't wait on it, so I decided to get to work on a Saguaro Cowboy and a Cactus Dryad. I got the inspiration to get up and get to work when I saw a picture of a crested saguaro:

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which really settled the question of "how do I put dryad hair on a cactus lady and make it work?" 
Twisted up an armature for a dude and a lady, 
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and started slapping green stuff on.

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Here's a very rough outline of the dryad's torso with a preliminary series of grooves, almost none of which will probably make it to the finished product.
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Both she and the lariat-wielding saguaro vaquero will have blunt, stubby feet and arms with little muscle or joint definition, both because that's how saguaros do and because I am...not a professional sculptor by a long chalk. 

C&C welcome; this is the rough draft of the first draft of each of them and I'll be doing a lot of trimming and repositioning, no doubt.

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Thank you! 
Did a little more on one of the dryad's legs and butt-cheeks and a bit on the dude's torso.  Decided that a "bell-bottom" shape to the legs and feet would help preserve both dryad curves and cactus lumpiness. Playing this whole thing by ear though.
 

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Also started on the dryad's face. Will add the crest later. 
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Now we're making progress towards some cact-broccoli! 
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Got the first set or two of crest-lobes on the dryad's head: 
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Looks a bit medusa-ish right now, but it should clear up in context, or perhaps with a flower or two.
 

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And the mister is also coming along. He's got all four limbs and we are working on the head and face. I'm aiming for a build that could be described as "Wookie-like."
Head will look better with a hat on. I also need to give him a belt and a bandanna. 
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And some twisted wire makes a dandy lariat! 
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Further progress! Got a tattered old hat, a bandanna, and a belt for the pokiest cowpoke:
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and filled out the dryad's torso a bit. I want her to look healthy and robust, like it rained not too long ago. 

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Next item of business is hands, and figuring out exactly what I want that dryad to be doing with her left arm.

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And we are pretty close to being done here! I took the coward's way out for the dryad's left hand; had a dainty hand with a revolver in the bits box. I think on the dryad I'll want to go over that hand and her neck/collarbone area with Liquid Green Stuff and redo the cactus grooves. Or should I give her a bandanna, too? What do you think? 
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For the cowboy, I gave him some hands and blobby feet. The right hand was pretty thin, so I bulked it up later. Anything you think he needs? Or any places I should scalpel? Feedback is appreciated, this being uncharted territory! 
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Here's the pair of them, 

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and click below for the full turnaround. 
 

 

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Good progress!

Now paint them!

 

I suggest a base with desert crackle paint so you get that dried desert ground look!

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17 hours ago, Warlady said:

Wow!  Super job - I am envious of your sculpting skills!

 

On 6/3/2019 at 12:04 PM, Rainbow Sculptor said:

Very cool idea and design decisions! 

Thank you! I appreciate it. TBH, the set of dental picks and silicon nudging tools is doing most of the work.

18 hours ago, Glitterwolf said:

Good progress!

Now paint them!

 

I suggest a base with desert crackle paint so you get that dried desert ground look!

Can do and good call! I do have a pot of that Agrellan Earth stuff...

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