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1  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!
2  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.
3  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 ~

4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Fantasy Barn Owl Sculpture on: June 20, 2014 09:30:14 AM
Congratulations! This has been chosen as a Featured ProjectSmiley

Awesome! Thank you so much! Smiley
5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Fantasy Barn Owl Sculpture on: June 10, 2014 09:11:33 AM

oh...my ...word! This is gorgeous! My mouth dropped open upon seeing this creation. This totally is getting a "this rocks!".

Why thank you! =D

Everything you make rocks!
Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful creations with us!

Awe thank you! Smiley

I love seeing the sculptures you post on here.  This one is particularly beautiful and it is great to see all the little details.

Thanks! I love packing in as much detail as I can, its definitely a challenge with smaller sculptures!

Wow! I'm so very impressed! I just started in clay, having only made three animal heads for my soft-sculpture dolls. I hope to attain your level of expertise someday.

I'm still very green, I only started sculpting last summer. Its just such a fun medium to mess around with! Good luck with your future sculptures!
6  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: The Littlest Pangolin - Sculpture by Danielle Trudeau on: June 10, 2014 09:09:26 AM
Where did you find your inspiration for him? Did you work from a photo? He's so real!

Thank you!
Awhile back I saw a taxidermy mount of a pangolin in one of my labs, and they've always looked so neat in photos. I always try to reference a little bit, helps it look like the animal its supposed to be. Smiley
7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Fantasy Barn Owl Sculpture on: June 09, 2014 08:11:04 AM

Another little sculpture, this time of my favorite bird. Barn owls are lovely <3

Photos from the top really show her form.

She was made with Super Sculpey, Superflex sculpey and wire, and painted with acrylics.
8  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Reptile Pet Sculptures on: May 31, 2014 08:15:53 AM
These look great! Such a great idea!
9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Fantasy Markhor Sculpture on: May 31, 2014 08:14:56 AM

Yaaaay time to sculpt again!

Still looking for a name for this little guy, Markhors are so cool. Such long shaggy manes and magnificent horns!

Naturally I can't complete a sculpture without adding some sort of fantasy spin, so he got the treatment as well. At first I was going to go with red balloons holding the braids/twists up, but somehow the idea morphed into birds and butterflies.

He's about 5.5" tall, 5.5" long, and 4.5" wide, made with Sculpey clay over a wire armature.

Lovely bum view shows off the birds and butterflies nicely.


10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Recent Soft Pastel Craze - Animals! on: May 16, 2014 04:35:56 PM
They are all beautiful!
I have just started with pastels and i am far from your mastery. Do you have some favorite brands but not too expensive?

I've built a modest collection over the years, I don't have them with me at the moment so I'll try my best to remember.
A few years back I splurged on a set of 15 Rembrandts, those things are wonderful. They're on the higher end, so pricey, but definitely worth it. Since then I've gathered a few other sets, some by names I can barely find through a Google search, some very common.
But the ones I use the most often are my Rembrandts (thicker, about a cm in diameter), a set of around 12 NuPastels by Prismacolor (sticks, lovely colour and tend to be harder than most pastels) and a set of pastel pencils from a brand that is completely skipping my mind.

Mostly I think its important to start with what you can, and work from there. There are tons of brands out there, just have to experiment. Smiley

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