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« on: September 29, 2011 10:59:07 PM »

This is only sort of a personal story.

Bruce came to me in a dream.


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It was one of those situations that seem perfectly normal while you're in the dream, but make you think twice about your inner psyche when you wake up in the morning. In this dream, a basilisk and I were, ah, having "intimate relations". 

If you know anything about the mythical basilisk, you know that his look means death. (And if you know anything about the real life basilisk, you know that he walks on water, but that's a different story.) In my dream I wasn't concerned about a look of death or getting turned to stone at a glance. While we were locked in that deadly embrace, I was more concerned instead with keeping him distracted every time he tried to bite me. His bite was poison, and he was touchy ... though also easily distracted.


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There's a lot of symbolism involved in a dream about making love to a dangerous mythical lizard. I'm very much aware of that.  I didn't take much thought to realize what and who this lizard dream represented. The image haunted me for weeks, and during that time I worked diligently on the sculpture I present to you now.  He's as close to a spitting image of the lover in my head as I could get.


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This's probably the most complicated project I've worked on yet in my weekly ceramics class. Pinchpot-based head and body, tail created using coils, the body elevated with scrap clay while the legs stiffened enough to support the weight of the entire creation. After he was bisque fired, I dabbed him with black underglaze, washed it away, had him high-fired, and then wet brushed him with acrylic paint to get the mottled green look.


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The name, Bruce, is taken from the man who (I'm pretty sure) inspired the lizard. Sort of. He's very special to me, just as this project is very special to me.


Bruce by Eapa, on Flickr

But, of course, not so special that any constructive criticism wouldn't be appreciated.  (Adoration would be fine, too  Wink He is a reptile, after all.)  Please let me know what you think.  And thank you for looking! It's nice to get some feedback from people who aren't necessarily my classmates, teacher, or friends.
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« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2011 01:22:12 AM »

He's wonderful! I love his face - the expression, the eyes, the mouth. All the scaly detail is great too.
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« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2011 10:40:06 AM »

He's just fab. Love his colour and his expression.
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« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2011 04:00:57 PM »

So beautiful. I am definitely able to sense a magical feeling from all the details you've included in this piece. So vivid and thorough that it truly must have come from a dream.
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« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2011 09:48:40 AM »

This is really, really cool! I love how you put so much into expressing a dream Smiley
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wow impressive I like the textures, reminds me of the komodo dragon
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« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2011 07:13:16 PM »

Well done. He's very realistic, while still being slightly cartoonish in the face, making him expressive. I think my favorite little part would have to be his talons...or claws? The coloring and body structure of animals can be really hard to achieve, but ya dit it!
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