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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Messy Butterflies & Moths - A series of paintings on: Today at 09:02:49 AM
I think a few of these have made it onto my Craftster in the past, but its nice to have them all in one place!

These were all painted primarily with acrylics, and some have a bit of India Ink, watercolours and coloured pencils thrown in.

Luna Moth

Sunset Moth

Blue Morpho

Atlas Moth. This one was a volunteer piece for my University's publication journal.

Some recently discovered moth in the Leptometa genus

 Chrysopsyche mirifica

Swallowtail Butterfly

And a fantasy Valentine's Day-themed moth of sorts

2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Lion Muscle Anatomical Study - Sculpture on: Today at 08:55:26 AM

Sorry if seeing illustrated/sculpted musculature freaks you out - let me know if this needs to be tagged as mature!

Anywhoodle, latest sculpture!
I'm a total nerd, and my passion lies in the sciences, specifically biology. I actually teach in the labs at my university, Human Anatomy and Physiology course, so naturally my passion is fueled.

My favorite side  Cheesy

This was made with Sculpey over a wire armature, and painted with acrylics.

3   / MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / Re: Meet our New Featured Member TheDaytimeHeroes! on: August 05, 2014 09:59:31 PM
Wow, I am nearly speechless.  My fave is Kitty due to the subject matter, but the paintings on feathers are truly wonderful.  I also love how you have basically developed this talent on your own.
Um, the bio says you are 21.  Is that a typo or does that really mean we get to look at your awesome stuff for, like, the next 80 years?
Congrats on being featured.... oy, do you deserve it!

Thank you for such a sweet comment!
And indeed, I only turn 22 on the 8th of this month so I'm still very green!  Cheesy
4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Fantasy Barn Owl Sculpture on: July 15, 2014 07:51:36 AM
I love her!  Okay, so I asked a similar question on one of your other posts about the paint, but now that I know you use acrylics, I'm wondering if you use artist acrylics, or the craft ones.  Do you use iridescent paint, the iridescent acrylic medium, or those powders that they sell in the clay isle?  Sorry for all the Q's, I just really enjoy working with clay (at a much more remedial level than you!) and I love how your color always looks.  Thanks again!

I love the questions!
I've gathered a few "special effect" types of paint, mostly by the brand Golden (I think?), so they're actual liquid paint with iridescence. But I'll let you in on a little secret... dig into your nail polish stash, if you have one. I have a decent amount of neat nail polishes at actually work wonders when they are dry-brushed onto the clay. Occasionally I use chalk pastels to give soft amounts of colours here and there, but I'm still trying to get the hang of that method.

And I forgot to answer your other question in the other post! So far I haven't used coloured clay in that manner (the flexible clay I have is coloured, but I always paint over it), I always paint the clay afterwards. Cheesy
5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Lady the Kirin - Fantasy Sculpture on: July 15, 2014 07:46:20 AM
She's beautiful!  Do you do all the color/painting after she's done, or do you ever use colored clay?  Also, I was wondering if you use regular craft paint, or do you have a special paint that you use.  Whatever you use it looks great!  Thanks in advance.  Smiley

Since I'm primarily a fine artist, I have a decent stock of high-quality paint so rather than go buy cheaper craft paint, I use what I have (brands like Golden, Grumbacher, some Liquitex). Smiley
6  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Lady the Kirin - Fantasy Sculpture on: July 13, 2014 08:24:24 PM
Congratulations! This has been chosen as a Featured ProjectSmiley

Thank you so much!! =D

Delicate and so preg_replace('/(.{19})/', '$1 ', 'detailed...beautiful')! Congratulations.

Thank you! Smiley

This is pretty darn amazing. If you think you can improve then I would love to see it because this is already phenomenal!

Awe thank you!!
7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Lady the Kirin - Fantasy Sculpture on: July 13, 2014 08:23:26 PM
The hooves are especially nice!  I really like the postures you use with your creations also.  Smiley

Thank you! I tried a new method for creating the hooves and feet and it works so well!

Beautiful. I'm impressed by her huge delicate ears. And I also love the pose.

Thank you! She needed large ears with some pink, so lady-like!

Gorgeous!  I like how she is gazing at the stars or watching the clouds go by Grin

It does look like she's a star-gazer and cloud-watcher! Smiley

Still working on your skills, right?
Your skills already look amazing to me.

Another gorgeous piece of art!

Awe thank you! Practice means improvement!

8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Prom with a Pop! (pop tab dress) on: June 30, 2014 01:16:28 PM
This is awesome!
Love the simple "straps", they're perfectly elegant yet don't distract from the epic "fabric".

Is the dress lined? I can't imagine that those tabs would make for a very comfy gown!
9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Kitty Portraits - Soft Pastels on: June 26, 2014 08:37:17 AM
It goes without saying that I love cats.

They're adorable, quirky, and make no sense 99% of the time. There is no logic when there is a cat involved.  Cheesy

These are two pet portraits I whipped up with soft pastels on velour paper of two of our three felines.

This is Crush...

...and this is Fidget.

Cutest little boogers in the world, snuggly and goofy. Love them ~

I will most likely be redoing Crush's portrait in the near future, compared to Fidgets I'm not happy with the results.
10  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Lady the Kirin - Fantasy Sculpture on: June 26, 2014 08:33:37 AM
I just can't get enough of that clay! I'm still working on my skill level, there are a few things I struggle with but practice will help that!

This is Lady the Kirin, she's a quiet little pretty thing with iridescent scales and mane. And pretty blue eyes ~

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