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Forest Spirit WIP by Aikya Forest Spirit WIP by Aikya
I'm working on a sculpture! It feels great to work in 3D again. This is made of sculpey clay. I just finished baking it and am working on painting it. My goal is to create a forest elk (inspired by the mythical Kirin) to look as if it is part tree part stag. Being obsessed with forest spirits/animals I feel like I should have created a sculpture by now. I've bought some fake tree-like branches that I will be attaching to the tail, which will be moveable. Such fun project...very time consuming, but fun!

I will post the final piece once I have finished painting it. :heart:

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thegriffin88 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Aw man, that's so cool!-words literally said out loud when I saw this in my inbox. 
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AngelKiller666 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014
you should sell some of these beings i know a lot of people who would love items like this
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stipend Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014   General Artist
wow, this is really cool! :) wish i could get myself to sculpt... lol
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prezaurian Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
VERY nice!  How tall is he?  He looks like an intensive project.  Looking forward to seeing the final vision here.  XD
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TheQueenAngel Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG! O.o I WANT IT :D <3 <3 <3 <3 

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faunmagi Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Gonna look great when you paint it! n_n
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mydragonrjasperandme Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Beheen Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing! so cool!!
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LunarLupa7 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer

AMAZING!!!!!!

 

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wolfofdesire Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist
WOW
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mintybreeze Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
So promising , can't wait for the finished product !
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tehuti Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Oh wow. I didn't know you sculpted too. :wow: This'll be amazing when it's done.
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silentwaltz Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is gorgeous!
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marrack Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
woah this is amazing! can't wait to see it painted
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Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
Wonderful motion and grace!  I love the idea of an elk rising out of tree.  I'm working on a Kirin sculpture myself right now, very fun creatures.
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RexStudio Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013   Digital Artist
Very nice ,very skilled artist  :)
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AguaRush11 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is lovely! what kind of clay?!
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Aikya Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! I used sculpey clay which is a polymer clay you can bake in the oven to harden. :)
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AguaRush11 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
very cool! for a moment i thought you use like potters clay! 
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r5i5o Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013   General Artist
This is so beautiful! 
How do you get the clay to be so smooth? I have the hardest time smoothing out my clay...
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Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
Best way to smooth sculpty is Turpinoid (found in the oil paints section) and a soft flat paint brush.
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r5i5o Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013   General Artist
I think I may have that somewhere with my paints, I'll have to check. Thanks again I'll most definitely try it out.
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Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
Good luck!
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r5i5o Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013   General Artist
thanks ^.^
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Aikya Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It was tricky for sure! There are still some areas where I didn't smooth it out the way I would have liked to. Basically sculpey clay doesn't harden fully until you bake it, but it does harden slightly if you let it sit out in the open. I found that if I first placed the bulk of the clay around the metal/foil armature in a not so perfect state then waited for an hour or so to let it harden slightly it was easier for me to smooth out with my fingers.

The hardest part was that I kept holding the piece around the body, and I would smash in the sides because of the pressure I put on it while smoothing out the other areas. In the future I think I will work a bit smaller lol. :heart:
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Phoenix-Cry Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
Next time try Turpinoid (found in the oil paint section as a brush cleaner) and a flat soft paint brush, works great for smoothing and removing fingerprints. Also good for the hard to reach areas.
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r5i5o Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013   General Artist
I'm doing my first sculpture and it's pretty tricky, I've left a lot of marks here and there. I'll have to practice more for sure. Thanks for the tips though, I bet they'll help me a lot. :)
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TimTheScarecrow Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013

awesome. you've got serious sculpting skill.

Are you gonna include any kodamas?

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Aikya Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That would be a good idea! I didn't even think about that. I thought about maybe placing some small birds in the tail to make it look more like a tree, we shall see! :)
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