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PostSubject: A's dinosaur sculptures   Mon Nov 03, 2014 11:21 pm

I'll use this topic to share images of the dinosaurs I've sculpted. I wrote a bit about it at the Dinosaur Toy Forum; I'll repeat that and the images here: So far I've done 3 figures (plus a few tiny ones). They are my first attempts at creating dinosaur models. My goal was to make 1:40 scale figures of species I wanted, as lifelike and accurate as I could, to fit alongside my other dinosaur figures. For the most part I'm quite pleased with how they turned out.

First is my recently finished Gorgosaurus libratus. It is around 7.5 inches, or 1:40 for an animal 25-30 feet long. I actually started it over a year ago, and at the time I didn't anticipate very many feathered tyrannosaurs becoming available as models, so I wanted one in my collection as an alternative reconstruction. Anyway, as the subject of integument style preferences comes up from time to time, I'll let this speak as my interpretation for tyrannosaur feathers, if they are going to be on a model. Feathers are absent on the feet, gular skin, and parts of the snout and undersides. I opted for a subtly striped paint scheme, with signaling highlights on the arms, beneath the lacrimal crests, and a bit on the tail.

My other challenge was to make a free-standing figure with a life-like posture and proportional feet out of solid material, so on this one I used solid polymer clay rather than filler materials inside. A lesson I learned: I had to put the sculpture aside for a long time before completion, and I left some of the clay for the head uncured; during storage it became predictably crumbly and caused problems for continuing the head sculpt, but  it turned out okay. (I'll add: the situation for copies is the same as for my modern animals- I'm figuring out one thing at a time sculpture-wise. Neutral )

There's quite a few images here, but my preference for pictures is too many rather than too few. Laughing  I learned a lot from making these, and I hope to keep improving, so comments and criticism are more than welcome.  Very Happy






















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PostSubject: Re: A's dinosaur sculptures   Mon Nov 03, 2014 11:24 pm




(My favorite portrait :) )



















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PostSubject: Re: A's dinosaur sculptures   Mon Nov 03, 2014 11:28 pm

Andy? Wow, what a great dinosaur! Shocked That's not a gorgosaurus but a gorgeousaurus instead. Very Happy I like the pose, expression and the updated looking of it! cheers

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PostSubject: Re: A's dinosaur sculptures   Mon Nov 03, 2014 11:30 pm

Here are some outside pictures. The third down is my DTF diorama, "Fearsome tyrant's pass". I like how the last two turned out.











The Lambeosaurus will be next...

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PostSubject: Re: A's dinosaur sculptures   Mon Nov 03, 2014 11:31 pm

Wow, looks so impresive.
Your work is amazing.
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PostSubject: Re: A's dinosaur sculptures   Tue Nov 04, 2014 2:08 am

Excellent work! It reminds me of John Conway's style. I also enjoyed seeing your "prairie town" last year.
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PostSubject: Re: A's dinosaur sculptures   Tue Nov 04, 2014 2:16 am

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PostSubject: Re: A's dinosaur sculptures   Tue Nov 04, 2014 3:01 am

Fabulous. I should be glad my son is elsewhere or he'd be begging me for it...

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PostSubject: Re: A's dinosaur sculptures   Tue Nov 04, 2014 6:31 am

What brand of clay did you use?
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PostSubject: Re: A's dinosaur sculptures   Tue Nov 04, 2014 8:17 am

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW Shocked Shocked Shocked
FANTASTIC!!!! cheers cheers cheers cheers cheers cheers

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PostSubject: Re: A's dinosaur sculptures   Tue Nov 04, 2014 8:42 am

Beautiful dinosaur! Congratulations! Are going to make copies of this lovely sculpture? Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: A's dinosaur sculptures   Tue Nov 04, 2014 8:59 am

A really phantastic figurine!!!

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PostSubject: Re: A's dinosaur sculptures   Tue Nov 04, 2014 9:28 am

Me, oh my !!!! Shocked Shocked

A gorgeousaurus indeed cheers

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PostSubject: Re: A's dinosaur sculptures   Tue Nov 04, 2014 11:06 am

Fantatsic job! Shocked Shocked and your photos Applause Just perfect!

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PostSubject: Re: A's dinosaur sculptures   Tue Nov 04, 2014 12:35 pm

It's great Applause don't apologise for so many photos, I like seeing the whole process. Well done on the texturing of feathers and scales together to get such a natural look.
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PostSubject: Re: A's dinosaur sculptures   Tue Nov 04, 2014 7:05 pm

Amazing work! Applause
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PostSubject: Re: A's dinosaur sculptures   Tue Nov 04, 2014 9:41 pm

Nice to see again your works with these outdoor pictures. Very Happy This dinosaur is truly impressive! cheers

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PostSubject: Re: A's dinosaur sculptures   Wed Nov 05, 2014 3:31 am

Sorry I can't help... About criticism Wink

I like it, the pose looks so natural. Very Happy The feathers are delicious, especially on the arms, we used to see this kind of arms on raptors and you had an excellent idea to make a tyrannosaurid with this feature Applause

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I can't wait to watch more topics Wink

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PostSubject: Re: A's dinosaur sculptures   Wed Nov 05, 2014 6:45 am

Thanks for commenting, Rogério, costicuba, Geospiza fortis, LeeAnn, Laura, jhudstone, Agata, Anna, Andreas, Susanne, Jonas, MiniZoo, Robert, and Christophe! Very Happy cheers

Roger: I'm sure it will be happy to have this nickname. Laughing

Kosta: Thanks, I don't think I've mentioned I also like your painting.

Geospiza: I've admired John Conway's artwork for years, so I imagine there's some influence and also shared preferences/taste. I hope to revisit the prairie town more in the future.

Laura: You'll have to buy your son a feathered theropod- it seems we'll be getting more choices as time goes on, so he won't have to make his own one day. Razz

Jhudstone: If you look at the third picture: the black is "craft smart"(through Michaels stores), the off-white is Sculpey III- these were for the insides. The white and gray are Premo! from Sculpey, used for the rest- I found the white to be firmer and the gray softer when working, so I chose them for different sections based on ease of use or detailing. For me, trying Premo was a big deal- because it is a bit flexible after curing (reminding me of mass-produced figures), it encouraged me to start sculpting details I was afraid to otherwise. Do you sculpt? (p.s.- hello neighbor!)

Anna: I don't have the set-up or expertise yet. Sad

MiniZoo&Kikimalou: Thanks, the feather/scale aspect was an important focus on this one; as you know interpretations can vary and I wanted to do something that felt right for me. For arms: due to the different lineages I didn't assume raptor-like feather arrangement (as inferred from Microraptor, etc.), but a display function for the mysterious tyrannosaur arms could be aided by longer feathers, hence the "wings" on this model.

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PostSubject: Re: A's dinosaur sculptures   Wed Nov 19, 2014 4:01 am

Here's my Lambeosaurus lambei, a crested hadrosaur ("duck-billed" dinosaur) from late Cretaceous North America. It is just over 7 inches long, representing an animal about 25 feet long at around 1:40. This was my first dinosaur sculpture at this size, and possibly as a result I am the least satisfied with it (though I'm still happy with it). I used this study as a guide for forelimb posture; I don't think this form is represented in many models or toys. I put visible claws or hooves on the two inner digits of each hand. The pose, with a raised forelimb and tilted-back head, is not intended as a walking/running pose (as I attempted in some of the photos with the Gorgosaurus) but as a possible feeding or calling pose.

Soft tissue for display partly obscures the bony shape of the head crest, both in front and as a frill connected to the back. The color takes partial inspiration from some waterfowl and iguanas who can be quite colorful. The main problems I have with the sculpture are bits of the texturing (the face, and I believe there is evidence against scute-like scales on the hind feet), and the beak (I think its shape should be different, as seen in some of the images here and in some reconstructions).

Again I'd appreciate any ideas or advice that could be used in future models (or even species ideas). Wink














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PostSubject: Re: A's dinosaur sculptures   Wed Nov 19, 2014 4:02 am















These two are just closer up with slight changes. I was trying to figure out what I like, or not, about the figure:



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PostSubject: Re: A's dinosaur sculptures   Wed Nov 19, 2014 4:04 am











Since I haven't put up a topic for my outdoor pictures yet, here are two more from when I was doing the diorama picture- in the second one I think the Gorgosaurus is just picking up the scent of the Lambeosaurus. Laughing




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PostSubject: Re: A's dinosaur sculptures   Wed Nov 19, 2014 11:56 am

Wonderful!!

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PostSubject: Re: A's dinosaur sculptures   Wed Nov 19, 2014 12:05 pm

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PostSubject: Re: A's dinosaur sculptures   Wed Nov 19, 2014 3:56 pm

It's amazing what you made here. Everything down to the process pics, the feathering, the skin texture, the poses, the little tiny teeth, the paintings... drunken Fantastic Job!!! Applause

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PostSubject: Re: A's dinosaur sculptures   Wed Nov 19, 2014 4:09 pm

This is fantastic! Very Happy Very nice photos of a great model!

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PostSubject: Re: A's dinosaur sculptures   Wed Nov 19, 2014 7:05 pm

Both of these figures are really good, one thing I like is you didn't put a crest on Gorgy! I see that too much on figures lately, it often looks like it was just stuck on with no rhyme or reason. -cough, cough- Collecta Therizinosaurus.   Keep up the good work! Applause Applause
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PostSubject: Re: A's dinosaur sculptures   Wed Nov 19, 2014 7:21 pm

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PostSubject: Re: A's dinosaur sculptures   Thu Nov 20, 2014 12:11 am

Wonderful colors and pose in this lambeosaurus. Very Happy I enjoy all movement present in that figure and in some close ups it feels real. Very Happy
But again I love your gorgeosaurus Wink ... as I am not an expert with dinos I give my opinion in accordance with my feeling and not with my knowledge. So I can say that it is the most exciting tyrannosaurid I have ever seen. cheers

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PostSubject: Re: A's dinosaur sculptures   Thu Nov 20, 2014 2:43 am

I like your lambeosaurus! (It was the best dinosaur Laughing ) Is there any evidence to support the back part of the crest being connected to some sort of soft tissue? I see some restorations with and some without it.
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PostSubject: Re: A's dinosaur sculptures   Thu Nov 20, 2014 5:36 pm

Amazing Lambeosaurus!! cheers And I just LOVE the colours you chose for this dino!!! cheers Great work!!! Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: A's dinosaur sculptures   Sat Nov 22, 2014 8:44 pm

Thanks for the comments, Andreas, MiniZoo, Saarlooswolfhound, Jonas, paleoferroequine, LeeAnn, Rogério, Geospiza fortis, and Anna. Very Happy

I'm glad the colors are well-received- it is a bit of an individual. jocolor

Paleoferroequine: Yes, there are some feather highlights on the back of the head but this Gorgosaurus is mainly showing off with other parts of its head. I understand what you mean about some reconstructions- in some art the feathers are quite messy compared to what you see in living animals, and sometimes it even looks like they're wearing weird clothing accessories. Laughing

Rogério: Thank you- given the popularity of tyrannosaurids that means a lot. Embarassed  I'm happy if my attempts at accurate models also appeal to one's feelings/aesthetics.

Geospiza: I don't think there is evidence for this species. In the related Corythosaurus, a dorsal skin frill is known from a well-preserved specimen, though I don't think it was preserved in the head/neck area. I did a Google book search for "Corythosaurus frill" so you can see a few comments here and here. I see that in his Princeton field guide Greg Paul has frills connected to the crest/skull of all the lambeosaurines, but of course others reconstruct it differently. My thought for connecting it to the prong on the crest is that since this part of the crest is variable in growth between individuals, when it is longer it could raise the profile of the entire neck when the frill is connected to it, making the individual appear larger or something of that sort.

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PostSubject: Re: A's dinosaur sculptures   Sun Nov 23, 2014 12:37 am

I guess it would only make sense for the frill to connect with the crest like that, sort of like some parasaurolophus reconstructions. Keep up the good work. Cool
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PostSubject: Re: A's dinosaur sculptures   Mon Nov 24, 2014 1:53 am

Lovely sculptures and photos cheers
I can't wait to see more of your sculptures.
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PostSubject: Re: A's dinosaur sculptures   Sat Jan 24, 2015 1:15 am

Thanks Geospiza and Kudu11.

Here are pictures of my Tuojiangosaurus multispinus, a stegosaur from the late Jurassic, found in China. It is around 1:40 (maybe a little larger). I tried to give it a contented appearance. There is drying mud painted on the legs and feet. As a skeletal reference for relative proportions I found Scott Hartman's drawing valuable, while the posture and photo angles of skeletal mounts made these trickier to use as a guide for this animal. I referred to this study for the forefeet. It may have had shoulder spines. I think it is interesting to see the similarities to, and differences from, its most famous relative (including its head and body shape).


















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PostSubject: Re: A's dinosaur sculptures   Sat Jan 24, 2015 1:18 am


















I like the way these portraits turned out:









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PostSubject: Re: A's dinosaur sculptures   Sat Jan 24, 2015 1:24 am

I never expected this figure would get such a great companion for display: the Battat Dacentrurus armatus. Here they are, creating lovely spiky shadows together Very Happy :





In my 2013 DTF diorama, Multispinus Mudbathers, I combined two photos and digitally added more mud on the background dinosaur:



The little theropods were created rather quickly as props; I like them but their eyes look a bit empty up close. They are quite small, just under 3.5 cm.





Wink Allopreening:


Going for a ride:



Okay, I hope you enjoy the pictures. Next I have to make something new. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: A's dinosaur sculptures   Sat Jan 24, 2015 9:06 am

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PostSubject: Re: A's dinosaur sculptures   Sat Jan 24, 2015 9:48 am

Wow, this is great!! And I love your pictures! cheers
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PostSubject: Re: A's dinosaur sculptures   Sat Jan 24, 2015 10:43 am

Great work, wonderful! cheers

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PostSubject: Re: A's dinosaur sculptures   Sat Jan 24, 2015 1:13 pm

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Sharky... Why I need to call it Sharky ??? Laughing  May I call it Sharky ? Wink

Sharky is really beautiful, Il love the natural pose and the head is absolutely delicious Applause Applause Applause

I alos love the small raptors, I hope you will make some bigger ones in that style drunken

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PostSubject: Re: A's dinosaur sculptures   Sat Jan 24, 2015 8:59 pm

Thanks so much, Andreas, Shanti, Anna, and Christophe.

Christophe: Sharky is fine. (For some reason it makes me wonder what a hippo with dorsal fins would look like...) I've thought about doing a larger raptor. Probably a Deinonychus (it was one of my favorites as a young child, even before everyone started calling it "Velociraptor" Laughing ) Actually a whole series of species would be great in order to see the differences in size, head shape, etc. But I think an Iguanodon will be next.

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PostSubject: Re: A's dinosaur sculptures   Sun Jan 25, 2015 12:55 am

Andy, superb works and pictures! It is really pleasant to see all these crations ingeniously poictured like that. Thanks also for additional links! Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: A's dinosaur sculptures   Sun Jan 25, 2015 1:27 am

Very nice tuojiangosaurus! Did you sculpt the scales one-by-one, or was there a stamp? Also, how were you able to balance the gorgosaurus? Keep up the awesome work!
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PostSubject: Re: A's dinosaur sculptures   Sun Jan 25, 2015 4:21 am

Thank you both for the kind words!

Rogério: I think both the stegosaur and hadrosaur forelimb studies are interesting. The conclusions make a lot of sense when someone specifically shows/discusses how the bones fit most naturally, but it's not evident in most reconstructions or museum mounts. Of course I love Scott Hartman's work. It's generous of him to make it accessible online and it's worth looking through for anyone interested in dinosaurs.

Geospiza: It was some of each. I have some little stubs of clay with different textures I made with a toothpick- the one that was most useful for Sharky can be seen at the very bottom of the photo below. I also used a toothpick in some places and to accentuate some scales, and a little scrap of sandpaper in creases, etc.

I intentionally didn't use filler like cardboard/foil for the Gorgosaurus because I wanted to learn how to balance a solid figure while staying true to its anatomy. I knew it could be done but I just had to experiment with clay on the "skeleton" to get the feet to balance with the head and tail. After baking I needed to make some adjustments on the foot pads. It stands okay now but a mass-produced figure done the same way could have problems because of variation or warping. It would actually match a theropod's anatomy to have the front end filled with lighter material with their "front heavy" posture.


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PostSubject: Re: A's dinosaur sculptures   Sun Jan 25, 2015 4:39 am

I love Iguanodon Very Happy maybe because I'm living not so far from Bernissart Wink I can't wait to watch yours cheers

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PostSubject: Re: A's dinosaur sculptures   Sun Jan 25, 2015 4:47 am

Enthralling. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: A's dinosaur sculptures   Wed Jan 28, 2015 12:24 am

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I love Iguanodon Very Happy  maybe because I'm living not so far from Bernissart Wink  I can't wait to watch yours cheers

That's great! This is the Iguanodon I had in mind. Have you visited the fossils? The skeletons at Brussels look beautiful in the pictures.

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PostSubject: Re: A's dinosaur sculptures   Wed Jan 28, 2015 11:55 am

There's a lot to like about this model. You've definitely captured the contented look, the body position is nice and dynamic - not just straight, the spikes are fantastic too. The black and white photos are very dramatic!! Always a treat to see your work cheers
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PostSubject: Re: A's dinosaur sculptures   Tue Aug 08, 2017 1:23 am

The images in this topic have been restored. Smile  The rest of the pictures I've shared on the forum will follow eventually, until all the photobucket links are gone.

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