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Another rare foray into three dimensions...

Okay, if I'm doing this right, this ought to work -- the image below should be a link to a full-size version of the picture, that shows more detail.

Wolf Pendant by ~Eregyrn on deviantART

So, as the subject line says -- I very rarely do 3D artwork, and therefore, am not very practiced at it. The last time was an arctic-fox pendant, extremely low on detail, that I made back in 2008. It took three years, therefore, for me to break out the Sculpey and try again.

I got this idea for a wolf pendant recently, and while the above result is not very much like my original idea, it's kind of close. I wanted something, once again, that would look sort-of kind-of like it was carved from bone or ivory... and the result is a piece that looks like it's made out of polymer clay that is trying to look like bone or ivory, and really, that's okay. (I did find some online tutorials about how to turn your polymer clay into something that looks like bone/ivory, with some examples that look really, really good, but just from reading the descriptions of how they did it, I'm nowhere near being able to conceive of doing it.)

So I sat down on Sunday night, itching to do some art after a hectic weekend work conference, and kind of itching to do something that I don't normally do (since I'd just completed a couple of very work-intensive drawings in the weeks before). I probably did about 5 or 6 little wolves that I then scrapped by squishing back up into a ball of Sculpey, until I got to this one, which I liked just enough to keep going with it.

Upper left, the raw, unbaked version, showing the score-marks I made to create grooves into which dark pigment would settle to indicate the darker fur parts. Upper right, the final version: baked, washed with some raw-umber acrylic, glazed. Bottom row, details, showing that it's actually fairly flat, except for the nose. (The back looks like a real mess, let me tell you. And I've broken the upraised foreleg twice, and fixed it. That is the weak spot, I fear, so I have to be careful with it. And I kind of expect the loop that holds the cord to break off someday. I learned some things about how not to do that.)

I should have taken a pic of it in my hand to show scale. It's about 2" wide and 2.75" tall. (That fits in pretty well with the size of pendants I often wear; it isn't even the biggest pendant I own.)



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Apr. 1st, 2011 03:42 am (UTC)
That is FREAKING INCREDIBLE. I expect it to hop up, waving its tail, at any moment.
Apr. 1st, 2011 03:48 am (UTC)
That is super neat!
Apr. 1st, 2011 04:01 am (UTC)
Are you kidding? That is AMAZING, dude. <3
Apr. 1st, 2011 04:39 am (UTC)
I think that's awesome! I can't believe it's Sculpey - it actually does look more like ivory. And it's gorgeous and lifelike.

You picked just the right pose, too - it really captures personality and spirit.
Apr. 1st, 2011 06:29 am (UTC)
This is awesome! It reminds me of a tagua nut carving, maybe something you'd be interested in. I've been curious about learning how to do it myself, but don't have the time right now.
Apr. 1st, 2011 10:35 am (UTC)
Ah, very cool! It's got such a great sense of emotion to it. *hugs*
Apr. 1st, 2011 03:34 pm (UTC)
This is cool. I'm amazed at how you've managed on such a small piece to put such a neat expression on his face!
Apr. 1st, 2011 04:14 pm (UTC)
Oh, WOW. That is wonderful.
Apr. 1st, 2011 07:10 pm (UTC)
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