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21  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.



Enjoy!

-D
22  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

23  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Recent Soft Pastel Craze - Animals! on: May 07, 2014 03:59:20 PM
Wooowwww, these are beautiful! The Fuzzball is adorable, and I love the colorwork on the other two! So detailed! Keep 'em coming!
They are all sooooo beautiful!
Just perfect.
BEAUTIFUL!
I love how the light and colors pop on the velour. The zebra is my fav Smiley

Thank you!!

I love both the otter and the kingfisher! The zebra is nice too, but i like the variation in colour in the other two. Always love your style and you never fail to amaze me with your skill to draw fur (and everything else)!

Thank you! I love the way the colours pop with the smaller too, especially the blues of the Kingfisher.

Absolutely stunning art. Outstanding.

Thanks!!
24  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Recent Soft Pastel Craze - Animals! on: April 26, 2014 05:54:20 PM
I'm back on my soft pastel phase. God how I love this medium! All of the pieces you see here have been done with a range of brands and all done on velour paper - the best thing ever. Its fuzzy!


"Fuzzball"


"Sacred Kingfisher"


"Perception"

"Fuzzball" and the kingfisher are both 5"x7", little practice pieces, and "Perception" is 11"x14".

25  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Deity - The Sacred Elephant on: April 17, 2014 09:31:07 AM
Fabulous!  Love it!

Thank you!

I am always so in awe of your work!
This is another stunning piece.
Might well be my favorite.

Thank you so much!

Gorgeous!  Which sounds weird for a painting of an elephant, but that's the first thought that came to mind!

Thank you! Elephants are gorgeous in my mind, I think they're beautiful.

Congratulations! This has been chosen as a Featured Project!  Smiley

Yay! Thank you!!
26  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Deity - The Sacred Elephant on: April 17, 2014 09:29:02 AM
Wow. This is really well done. Would the other images in your series of 5 all be elephants as well? The feathers are the best part.

Thank you! The rest of the series will be different animals. Lion, leopard, rhinoceros, and cape buffalo are the ones that remain. Smiley
27  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Deity - The Sacred Elephant on: April 17, 2014 09:26:29 AM
Oh My Gosh! Totally strange, but I like it! The gilding of gold sets it off nice. And you have wonderful shading. And texture for the skin. {I have been up close with elephants, and know what they feel and look like} I can't wait to see your next in this series. Will you post it to this same thread? I also love the feathers.

~T

Thank you! One of these days I'll travel Africa, and have my fill of the nature and wildlife <3
I most likely will post them separately as I go along, but I will include links to the different pieces. Smiley
28  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Deity - The Sacred Elephant on: April 13, 2014 02:53:42 PM
My latest painting, one I'm particularly excited about! If all goes as planned, this is the first of a series of five. Smiley



Its painted with acrylics, and adorned with gold leaf on a wooden panel measuring 10"x20".

29  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Saen - The Little Winged Otter Snake on: March 25, 2014 07:47:59 PM
Its about time I start sculpting again.



His name is Saen, and he's a little winged otter wormy. No back legs, yay!

He was sculpted with Super Sculpey and painted with acrylics. He's currently keeping my other sculptures company.

30  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Starchild - Snow Leopard of the Skies on: March 25, 2014 07:42:37 PM
Hello folks!

So I've been on a bit of a tea-dyed paper run, I'm loving that stuff for art! I dye the paper myself, and then use it in various ways. Here is the latest piece!



"Starchild" was sketched in and detailed with ink, then washed with watercolours and amped up with soft pastels and some white ink for highlights. I'm loving the way the purple compliments the tea tones!




Enjoy!

-D

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