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PostSubject: Re: Geospiza fortis' Animal Models   Thu Dec 24, 2015 4:26 am

Holy moly you are a tremendous sculptor. I have hardly any words for how awesome your parasaurolophus, gorgosaurus, and your starts on the American croc and mammoth. I cannot wait to see the croc done especially, this species has been mostly absent in recent decades and is now making a comeback. Great choices for species, and as usual, great job! Applause

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PostSubject: Re: Geospiza fortis' Animal Models   Sun Jan 17, 2016 2:01 am

Thanks Saarlooswolfhound and Wilorvise Smile
I've made progress on the mammoth. Its really difficult to keep all of my sculptures going at the same time and I already have tons of ideas for after I'm done with these.
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PostSubject: Re: Geospiza fortis' Animal Models   Sun Jan 17, 2016 12:56 pm

Great sculptures and great sculptor Applause Applause I love your style and all your models. you collection of animals shall be impressive and so are your future projects! My compliments Applause Applause
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PostSubject: Re: Geospiza fortis' Animal Models   Sun Mar 20, 2016 12:10 am

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Great sculptures and great sculptor Applause Applause I love your style and all your models. you collection of animals shall be impressive and so are your future projects! My compliments Applause Applause
Thanks Very Happy

Yesterday was two of my friends' birthdays (they're twins) and so I made these for them. I'm not as happy with these as I was with the seahorse last year, but I know they definitely were and that's what matters.


The bat is based on a flying fox, however I simplified some things and changed the colors.


This one is supposed to represent a north African style, and was influenced by tentacles not unlike those of an orthoceras.

As well as these, I'm beginning a few Tunisian animals for a project. Here are the first three, including a striped hyaena, African leopard, and fennec fox in progress.




And the indominus is finished!




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PostSubject: Re: Geospiza fortis' Animal Models   Sun Mar 20, 2016 1:50 am

Very nice projects! Very Happy Looking forward to see your Tunesian animals, especially the fennec! bounce Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Geospiza fortis' Animal Models   Sun Mar 20, 2016 10:30 am

WOW ! Beautyful indominus cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Geospiza fortis' Animal Models   Mon Mar 21, 2016 2:47 pm

Wow!!!
This is some kind of explosion with so many new extraordinary sculpures in a while!!!!
All of them looks fantastic!!! In particilar I am looking forward to see the tunisian set
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PostSubject: Re: Geospiza fortis' Animal Models   Mon Mar 21, 2016 4:04 pm

So many great sculptures but I think the indominus takes the cake. Great job on all of them!

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PostSubject: Re: Geospiza fortis' Animal Models   Mon Mar 21, 2016 11:56 pm

Thanks, all Smile
For Tunisia, I hope to do an addax, dama gazelle, dromedary, and a barbary macaque. My striped hyena is going so well at the moment, I am considering making copies if there's interest. Not sure if I will but it is a possibility since few (if any) are on the market.
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PostSubject: Re: Geospiza fortis' Animal Models   Tue Mar 22, 2016 9:15 am

Beautiful works! Congratulations! cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Geospiza fortis' Animal Models   Wed Mar 30, 2016 3:25 am

Thanks, Ana.

A bit of a WIP on my first three. The fennec is proving to be particularly difficult.
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PostSubject: Re: Geospiza fortis' Animal Models   Wed Mar 30, 2016 8:29 am

They look very promising bounce

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PostSubject: Re: Geospiza fortis' Animal Models   Wed Mar 30, 2016 7:18 pm

Agree!!!

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PostSubject: Re: Geospiza fortis' Animal Models   Fri Apr 01, 2016 12:42 am

Never give up, I am sure you'll be able of doing it great! Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Geospiza fortis' Animal Models   Sun Apr 10, 2016 12:10 am

Thanks Very Happy
Here are some quick pictures of my macaque:


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PostSubject: Re: Geospiza fortis' Animal Models   Sun Apr 10, 2016 6:59 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Geospiza fortis' Animal Models   Mon Apr 11, 2016 12:57 am

Your Barbary macaque is really beautiful! Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Geospiza fortis' Animal Models   Mon Apr 11, 2016 1:46 am

Your Tunisia project is off to a wonderful start! I love the fact you've picked a region to explore. That seems like a fun idea for a project!

In your pictures, it looks like you're using two kinds of clay. Are they two different textures or strengths (I don't know clay terminology very well - sorry)? If so, how do you decide which to use where?

The indominus looks terrifying. Well done!
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PostSubject: Re: Geospiza fortis' Animal Models   Mon Apr 11, 2016 2:33 am

Thanks guys!
The Tunisia idea is for an exhibit at school, however in the future I'd like to do more concentrations on specific areas. It seems that doing one animal encourages me to work on another.
I use Super Sculpey and Super Sculpey firm. The gray parts are firm mixed with original super sculpey. The main parts are made of the firm mixture, but for extremities, such as the ears or nose, or any tiny addition, I make is generally done in original as it is easier to apply. I also use small original snakes to fill in small gaps. The firm mixture is better to texture, though, so it's a balancing act, really. I should also note that the mixture is variable. I started at 50/50, but thinner areas, for example, the legs on my dama gazelle, favor the softer clay, since it's easier to patch up if the wire is exposed.
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PostSubject: Re: Geospiza fortis' Animal Models   Tue Apr 12, 2016 2:28 am

Here are the others:

The fennec is still proving to be the most difficult. I still have an addax to start and that should be all of them. There are lots more animals from Tunisia, but I'll use already-existing figures for the common ones (dromedaries, cheetahs, etc).
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PostSubject: Re: Geospiza fortis' Animal Models   Thu Apr 14, 2016 1:36 am

Keep the good work!!! bounce Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Geospiza fortis' Animal Models   Sat Jul 30, 2016 10:48 pm

Thanks, Roger.
It's been a while and I do have finished pictures of the above ones, though I'm not exactly satisfied with that lot. I intend to take my time a lot more for my next piece. Here are some WIP photos of the glyptodon I'm making. I decided that I'll eventually cast this one to sell copies if there is any interest. I'm looking for feedback on this one in particular since I want it to be the best it can be as I may make copies. A particular point of interest is the texture. I'm not quite sure if I should use the stamp (pictured) or change the texture to a more defined look. The final result of the stamp is more well-defined than in the pictures, however I have seen more uniform and dramatic textures as well for glyptodonts. This and any proceeding models will be in 1:40 scale.

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PostSubject: Re: Geospiza fortis' Animal Models   Sat Jul 30, 2016 11:11 pm

Very, very exiting to see how you proceed with the glyptodon bounce Very Happy

Ohhh, please, please, won't you show us pictures of the ones you finished drunken

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PostSubject: Re: Geospiza fortis' Animal Models   Sat Jul 30, 2016 11:33 pm

And here they are:

I had to dig for this one in my phone, hence it not being in the post above.
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PostSubject: Re: Geospiza fortis' Animal Models   Sun Jul 31, 2016 8:36 am

They are wonderful cheers

Each one has a special charm, - just look at that "shy" monkey Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Geospiza fortis' Animal Models   Sun Jul 31, 2016 9:01 am

Wow, great work :)

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PostSubject: Re: Geospiza fortis' Animal Models   Fri Aug 05, 2016 2:00 am

I'd love to to give you feedback about your giant armadillo but I am not probably the most experienced in this matter. I hope you can find some feedback during the development of your project. Glyptodonts have apparently different arrangement of the scutes according with the exact species. That's curious once we see the same happening with modern armadillos.

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PostSubject: Re: Geospiza fortis' Animal Models   Fri Aug 05, 2016 2:46 am

it's neat to see your little pieces of wire and clay transform into amazing figures.

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PostSubject: Re: Geospiza fortis' Animal Models   Sat Aug 06, 2016 5:27 pm

Thanks for the positive comments Smile

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Glyptodonts have apparently different arrangement of the scutes according with the exact species. That's curious once we see the same happening with modern armadillos.
I didn't realize that until after I figured out the first version of the texture. Its alright now but if I ever make a doedicurus, I'll be ready. Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Geospiza fortis' Animal Models   Mon Aug 22, 2016 3:46 pm

I've been looking around at new techniques and I was inspired to make a quick woolly mammoth to try them out (I started it three days ago). Its missing a little hair but I'll add that later:

Also making a pair of bison using similar techniques:

These are based on the same pair as the other two I did a few years ago in memory of five years since the tragic flood.
Here are a few news articles on the incident:
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2011/09/2_zooamerica_bison_drowning_in.html
http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2011/09/zooamerica_offers_new_informat.html
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PostSubject: Re: Geospiza fortis' Animal Models   Mon Aug 22, 2016 4:37 pm

Your "quick" mammoth looks wonderful cheers

It will be exiting to see the bisons as you proceed, - at least there are memories of them then Sad

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PostSubject: Re: Geospiza fortis' Animal Models   Tue Aug 23, 2016 12:47 am

Yes, mammoth is looking wonderful, it will be great to see how it will look furry. The angle of the pic is also great. Exciting also your new projects! Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Geospiza fortis' Animal Models   Tue Aug 23, 2016 9:51 am

Wondeful sketches!!!! Looking foresrd to see the final results!!!

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PostSubject: Re: Geospiza fortis' Animal Models   Sun Sep 18, 2016 9:16 pm

Thanks for the positive feedback! I've made progress on the bison. Hoping to get them done in time to be exhibited at the town's fair. I actually started the standing one over again from scratch. I wasn't too happy with how round it was compared to how rigid the muscles should have been.
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PostSubject: Re: Geospiza fortis' Animal Models   Sun Sep 18, 2016 9:41 pm

They look very, very promising !!! cheers I can't wait to see how they end up bounce

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PostSubject: Re: Geospiza fortis' Animal Models   Mon Sep 19, 2016 1:09 am

Fantastic!!! Go ahead!!!

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PostSubject: Re: Geospiza fortis' Animal Models   Mon Sep 19, 2016 1:25 am

You're doing a great job and good luck with your presentation. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Geospiza fortis' Animal Models   Sat Oct 29, 2016 6:59 pm

Thanks for the positive comments! I did not get them done on time for said event however I did end up going with something else I did which I thought was better anyways. Here are photos of the bison; they've been finished for a while now:




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PostSubject: Re: Geospiza fortis' Animal Models   Sat Oct 29, 2016 7:34 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Geospiza fortis' Animal Models   Sun Oct 30, 2016 12:11 pm

Great work! Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Geospiza fortis' Animal Models   Sun Oct 30, 2016 6:36 pm

This is a nice pair Applause Could you show a comparison pic with a Bison toy ?

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PostSubject: Re: Geospiza fortis' Animal Models   Tue Nov 01, 2016 2:30 pm

Out of curiosity, how does the 'quick technique' differ from regular sculpting?
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PostSubject: Re: Geospiza fortis' Animal Models   Wed Nov 02, 2016 11:59 am

I like the lying down pose, so much more challenging because of the non-symmetry- great work!
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PostSubject: Re: Geospiza fortis' Animal Models   Thu Nov 03, 2016 2:22 am

Thanks, all Smile .

Jhudstone, "quick" isn't the technique I was trying with the mammoth. I just made it without too much attention to detail just so I could experiment with a new technique for the hair.

MiniZoo, I actually thought the asymmetry was easier since I always found it difficult to make two sides match.

And here's the comparison picture with Schleich's winter bison:

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PostSubject: Re: Geospiza fortis' Animal Models   Fri Nov 04, 2016 6:46 pm

Ah, got it - thanks.
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