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My current sculpture-in-progress is a mossy cetus, an alien sea monster. It is unique because it hair-like structures on the back that I can't replicate with Sculpey without making an incredibly brittle surface. So, I'll have to take a different approach.

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This is the armature. It turned out to be too wobbly so I had to perform some open heart surgery to stabilize it so the clay wouldn't crack from the stress. I added some extra steel wires that will eventually be seaweed.

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I dragged a triangular wire loop across the surface to shave off the lumps.

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This is what it looked like before smoothing it with turpenoid...

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...and after.

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Halfway through texturing, I reworked the sides so they twist and bend with the animal's motion.

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Trypophobes, beware! Aside from the regular texturing, I punched holes into the skin. These will hold the hairs (spanish moss, dyed black) once baked.

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Just to be sure this wasn't a stupid idea, I tested it out with an untextured part of the back.

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I thought it looked pretty good, so I continued.

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This stage is a test of my patience, but more so will be the stage where I have to punch hairs into each of these holes.

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ALL OF THEM.

To be continued...

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Emily Holland
Artist | Hobbyist | Traditional Art
United States
UC Davis - Animal Science
Media: pencil, sculpture, watercolor, oils, acrylic, diorama, pen
Subjects: scifi, nature, worldbuilding, fanart


I write science fiction on the side:
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space-commander Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Just checked out your wordpress blog and I was blown away.  Cool project! I was already impressed with a lot of the project-related images I saw in you gallery in the past but it's amazing how much better a well organized website can improve the viewing experience. 

By the way have you had any experience with Tumblr?  I notice a lot of ppl are trying to use it these days but at the moment I'm holding off on getting into that network because it just seems like another black hole.
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Malicious-Monkey Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks. It's a lot to read through but it's a bit more organized than the other places I post (deviantart, spec evolution forum) and has more content.

I don't really understand Tumblr. Whenever I go there all I see are grids of pictures, which I already use Pinterest for. When I click on one there's usually no context or credit to the artist and I can't find where the comments are.
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space-commander Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's refreshing to hear.  Tumblr seems like a fad to me but I've always wondered if there was some sort of platform out there for emerging artists that is better than dA.  A lot of people are also turning to Facebook but personally I prefer to keep my social life and blog life separate and I assume that's probably how a lot of other people think too.  And it always ticks me off when people I know try to invite me to like pages on FB but I digress.
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John-Tansey Mar 29, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for adding The Dalgonar to your collections...:) (Smile)
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Personinator Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellent work you have here, I really dig your invertebrate designs.
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Yainderidoo Mar 22, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thanks for faving:sun::iconsparklesplz:
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Happy birthday!
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Malicious-Monkey Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Have an excellent Birthday !!! :wave: :sun:
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Malicious-Monkey Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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