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NIKON CORPORATION
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NIKON D3000
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55 mm
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Aug 2, 2012, 7:33:05 AM
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Incendiary Drake by gummiberri Incendiary Drake by gummiberri
A little incendiary drake warming himself on a magma spring.

I'm very proud of how this one came out, definitely one of my best so far! Those scales took me three night of solid work! Really need to find an easier way to do that...

I used a tutorial on how to make lava stone for the base ([link]), and it really looks awesome. You can't tell from this picture but I would recommend checking some faux polymer clay techniques out, you can make some amazing things!

Premo Sculpey with acrylic paint and mica powders.

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:iconwyverntales:
Wyverntales Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014
Wow :)
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:icongummiberri:
gummiberri Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014
:heart:
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Dwight1 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
This is cool!
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:icongummiberri:
gummiberri Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
Thanks a lot :)
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MamaLucia Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That is one cool dragon! :D
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:icongummiberri:
gummiberri Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
Thanks so much! :heart:
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MamaLucia Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:nod: :grin:
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AlbertoCarrera Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
fantastic work!!
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:icongummiberri:
gummiberri Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
Thank you so much :D
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Aura-Alora Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOOOOWW!! This is beautiful!!! :wow: :wow:

I want one!!!:icondragonwant:
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:icongummiberri:
gummiberri Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
:blush: Thanks a lot!
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OpalSkye Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is an amazing sculpture! The detail and technical nature of this beasty is fantastic! I'm really blown away but it. I've been a member of the Polymer Clay group for a couple of months now and I must admit this is one of the few pieces that have encouraged a closer look.

You've just gained a new watcher :D

Favourite parts of the sculpture are his head (his eyes are beautiful :O) and those scales, I recently finished a Qilin sculpture and tried my hand at scales for the first time, after doing that I have huge respect to anybody who sculpts scales :D Your scale work is beautiful, I really envy the uniformity and realistic texture you've achieved.

Fantastic work, truly a work of art :heart:
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:icongummiberri:
gummiberri Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
Wow that is so lovely of you to say :hug:

I was just having a look at your Qilin actually, it is really great! I think you've got the scales down, I really like the shape of them (how did you do that?), and that ear fluff is just fantastic. I used a piece of kitchen towel to press the scales down and give them texture, it's funny what works well to give a nice texture :P

I can't wait to see more of your works!
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:iconopalskye:
OpalSkye Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're so welcome :D

Ah thank you :D I took a small piece of super sculpey and rolled it into a thin (3-4 mm thick) sausage then using an exacto knife I cut little bits off and rolled them into balls, then just pressed them on to the body of the qilin. Very time consuming... I tried sculpting them, adding a new layer of sculpey and then trying to pin-prick scales into that new layer but they were too big, so I had to go with the ball method.
Ah! Kitchen roll! Of course! :D That's an awesome tip ^^ And yes, you're so right, *anything* is a tool :D

Thank you so much, I feel the same about your pieces :heart:
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gummiberri Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
They look almost like hexagons, I really like them :) I did find a scale tool that may be useful, I guess it would just come with practice using it on an actual sculpture ([link]) but maybe you'll find it useful next time you take on the scales? I really have to give it a proper try soon!
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OpalSkye Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Now that's a nifty tool! Have to make something like it and try it out, thank you for sharing that with me :D :hug: :heart:
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gummiberri Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
My pleasure! :D I hope it works for you, can't wait to see! :iconflyingheartsplz:
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:iconlandgart:
LandGart Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
nice job! I love the colors and face. Only suggestion i'd have would be to make the hands more detailed.
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:icongummiberri:
gummiberri Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
Thanks :heart: Yep, you're right - definitely my weak area so I try to avoid tackling them, guess I'll have to conquer them sometime!
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:iconlandgart:
LandGart Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
maybe try sculpting them separately to get detail on them and use a wire in the core to push them into the limb and just smooth the joint? I know that works better for me than trying to do it on the sculpture itself.
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gummiberri Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
It's just the actual sculpting of the foot I'm not sure about, they never come out right. I have about four sets of talons and claws laying around that never worked lol. Thanks for the advice, it's really nice of you. I will try do them seperately next time, it will probably help :)
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LandGart Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ah i gotcha. Yeah, i'm no foot-pro myself but they do seem to come out better and more detailed when i can have them off on their own to manipulate in all directions then basically stick on to the main piece. Good luck! :)
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gummiberri Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
Thanks! :D
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Killslay-steelclaw Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
i love the scale work. :

if you were looking for a different look/technique for scales, i have a tutorial of how i do my scales if you are interested [link]
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gummiberri Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
Thanks a lot :D That is super useful! I will let you know if I use it on my next one and credit you.

Here's a scale making tool I found ([link]), it looks great on a flat piece of clay, but I have really battled with it trying to apply it to the shaped piece, maybe you'll have better luck?
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Crafty-Magic Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Great job! Looks fantastic!
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:icongummiberri:
gummiberri Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
Thank you very much! :heart:
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:iconcrafty-magic:
Crafty-Magic Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You are very welcome!
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bear48 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Professional
sweet job
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:icongummiberri:
gummiberri Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
Thanks! :D
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The-GoblinQueen Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh he's so pretty! I love his eyes and the colors are great!!
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gummiberri Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
Thank you :D Was worried he might look a bit flat just one solid colour but he came out OK.
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The-GoblinQueen Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
not OK but awesome!
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:icongummiberri:
gummiberri Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
Thanks :hug:
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lolofdoom Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
WOW. I LOVE THE EYES. great job with this one!
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gummiberri Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
Thank you very much, that is very kind of you :love:
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juhaszb Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really nice work!
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:icongummiberri:
gummiberri Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
Thank you :)
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enc86 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
very nice! great choice of paints and the eyes are incredible.
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gummiberri Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
Thanks a lot :D It's quite hard to get the beads lit up properly so they don't just look black so I'm quite pleased with how this photo came out.
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