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Rhinoceros Beetle - Finished by Malicious-Monkey Rhinoceros Beetle - Finished by Malicious-Monkey
It's finished! I think this is my favorite thing I've done.

The paint is all acrylic (white, black, blue tint, and metallic gold & copper) and floor finish (my favorite glaze). On the shell and horn, I layered on thin, watered down colors and wiped it off to expose deeper layers. I did the opposite with the skin - I painted it gray and dusted the surface with nearly-dry white paint. After it all dried, I took a needle tool to the paint to re-expose some of the wrinkles that were obscured by the layers of paint. It had a really nice weathering effect on the hide.

Go ahead and download for the full view, with more detail than you'll ever need. :)

EDIT: Whoa, a DD! I'm speechless. Thanks to everyone who faved, commented, watched, etc. and to :iconmaryseif: for suggesting it. :hug:

A lot of people are asking for dimensions, so here they are:

5 inches to the top of the head
12 inches diagonal from the bottom of the back foot to the tip of the horn
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Given 2010-11-25
Rhinoceros Beetle - Finished by ~Malicious-Monkey The suggester says: "Absolutely stunning! I can't get over how amazing the details on the head are or how great the shell looks!" A very realistic looking little beetle, indeed! ( Suggested by MarySeif and Featured by LabyrinthCreations )
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Guru-of-Graphite Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I can certainly see why you got the DD! Wonderful! I cannot compliment you enough on this!
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bronze-dragonrider Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2016   General Artist
I just ran across this through random Pinterest browsing and it made me grin! :D
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:iconmalicious-monkey:
Malicious-Monkey Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wait and see - I've made another!
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OlegEvteev Featured By Owner May 8, 2015
great idea!
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cold004 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
OMG I f****n love it...
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JawaHunter003 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
sweet - I want one!
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ZaubererbruderASP Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Reminds me of something I dreamed about years ago. Really cool
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Exobio Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Habawhat how did I miss this?? I want this on my shelf!
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Zippo4k Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
OH I JUST LOVE THIS! Why haven't I seen this sooner?
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kotxemanuel Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
which material u used to modelling? its a kind of clay? it looks just amazing!
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:iconmalicious-monkey:
Malicious-Monkey Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's super sculpey, you can buy it in 1 lb ($9 US), 8 lb ($80)or 24 lb ($280) which is a ridiculously huge amount. It's a versatile oven-bake clay that holds a lot of detail and doesn't shrink, highly recommended for anything small enough to fit in an oven, but for anything bigger than your fist or containing a lot of spindly parts, you'll need to build it around a wire armature. Here's an excellent tutorial by a professional concept artist on how to work with the stuff. [link]
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b9paradox Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Student General Artist
Genius! Wonderful texture, impeccable sculpting, and crazy detail. This is so awesome!
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MirrorDancer Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
Awwww it's so cute!!!
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PeteriDish Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
wow this is absolutely splendid! =D the most amazing thing is how smootha and natural the blend seems! =D
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Lammergeier13 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
I absolutely love this. You've mixed the two creatures together perfectly!
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Robino Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
That's one awesome sculpture. I could never make something like this (I don't have the patience and skill). I love the incredible level of detail (especially the skin looks amazing). I would love to have such a sculpture. Thumbs up!
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Dino-Mario Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh that's one amazing chimera.Good Job!!!
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CorazondeDios Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
this definitely deserves a DD! Its awesome!!!!!
I got a DD once for my heffalump teapot -- but this is MUCH better than mine!
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Malicious-Monkey Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I remember that one! I can't wait to see the giraffe finished.
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CorazondeDios Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
thanks! I'm thinking about how to glaze it now. I like to use mason stains on bare clay. It gives it a very nice feel and texture. But I may use a very stable glaze for the spots. I have a rather satiny dark brown glaze that might work well.
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Malicious-Monkey Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've had good results with slips and underglazes, but it's probably too late for that.
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CorazondeDios Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
no, its not too late for it. I usually use mason stains for the surface of my work. But when I am doing my tea bowls and other vessels, I use glaze. I experiment a lot with glazes. I mix all of my own glazes. I don't use any commercial glaze or underglazes. I make them also.
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Polarkeet Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Professional Filmographer
OMG <3 This is brilliant!! Gorgeous work!
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superhippieman Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I LOVE THIS!!!! i assume the sculpt is in super sculpey?
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Malicious-Monkey Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yup. Only the best stuff.
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wulfdragyn Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful work! Huge CONGRATS on the DD! :D
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Malicious-Monkey Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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wulfdragyn Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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Shalom-Arts Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
A.M.A.Z.I.N.G
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laika-sky Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011
What a stunning little fellow! Do you make things like this on commission? It'd be a really cool thing to have, I think. :D :+favlove:
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Malicious-Monkey Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I would, sure - if you have an idea, I'll see what I can do with it. The thing is, though, with sculpture I can't make it much bigger than a tennis ball and still ship it safely (bigger sculptures break easily in transit).
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Saintsghost Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011
thats cool. thats reall really cool. man you are awesome!
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thomazcallado Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011  Hobbyist
Just Amazing
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MervaKorin Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011
Wow, an amazing idear, and I can only dream of sculpting that well! Remings me of a drawing I did when I was little, its a Gorilla/tortoise, and I was really proud of it.
It had a tortoise shell and two back legs, plus tail, but had a gorilla head and two front legs, but what I liked most was the gorilla chest and stomach under the shell, :)
I dont mind at all if you want to scalpt it, have fun :D
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MakainoShikaku Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011
this is...........AWSOME!!!!!!!!!!!
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jay-mo-01 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011
WOW! I haven't seenanything this cool in a long long time.
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bear48 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011  Professional
very nice work
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HermitCrabStock Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011
Lovely! :D
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wekufeh Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011
beautiful work
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nemo-h Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Quite literally beautiful! Incredible beyond words too.
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BJPentecost Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Somehow this is quite cute. =P Very well done, also.
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bear48 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Professional
exquisite
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rgalexandervision Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010   Traditional Artist
That's awesome!
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J-o-r-d-i Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010  Professional General Artist
This is the most fantastic thing I've seen in ages!
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AliasGhost Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
WOW! LOve it!
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Sculptor-Robert-D Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010   Artisan Crafter
really nice, and well done too.
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fafatonk3kusruk Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
the skin detail is damnit awesome
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Siansaar Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
(can't remember if i commented)
such a perfect blend of the two creatures. i'd love to have one in real life...little rhinos flying around :D
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Synn-M Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I've added this to a 'Favourites Feature' in my journal :)
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150ProofWalrus Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010
Fucking INCREDIBLE.
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