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Big Luna Sculpt Day 20 by bigponymac Big Luna Sculpt Day 20 by bigponymac
Okay honestly, I don't know exactly what day of work this is because I had to do a bunch of work before I could even do this. I literally had to cut off it's front two legs and back left leg and reattach them because they had cracked. They didn't do this at the same time. It seemed like I'd get one fixed then another would crack. So I had to do a whole lot of repairing then a whole lot of sitting and waiting. I also did some major adjustments/repairs to the neck. I think I'm completely done with repairs for now, so I'm moving forward with this build.

I've decided to show some of the process that I have to go through to add pieces to the sculpture.

Picture 1) I sculpted a rough form of the wings and decided where they were going to be placed. I marked off the placement and cut a hole into the sculpture a little smaller than where I had marked. This is to ensure that the walls stay relatively thin and that air can circulate freely when it goes through its firing. I scored and wetted the areas where the wing would attach. I did this for a good minute or so since the clay was already getting hard and it needed to be pretty sloppy/gooey to ensure that the clay would connect together.

Picture 2) This is the rough form of the wing. What I failed to show is that I had hollowed out the back of the wing slightly to thin it out as much as possible. I scored and wetted the wing as well.

Picture 3) I mashed the wing onto the scored area until I saw slip (really wet clay) come out of the cracks. From there I smoothed out the connections and shaped the wing some.

Pictures 4 and 5) Views of each side.

I know the wings might look a little off or not the same shape. I was just going for a rough wing shape that I could work off of later. Now that I have these on I can add, subtract, shape, sculpt, or do what ever else to the wings to my heart's content.

Next I might start working on establishing and smoothing out facial features or I might work the wings some more.

If anyone has any questions, I'd be more than happy to answer them. Just leave me a comment. :)
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DemonPanther Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
Are you making Rainbow Dash? :iconpervyfacerdplz:
Haissan Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012
wow she is shaping up beautifuly
Fairy-Slayer Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012
What gave me a chuckle is scoring the R (and I'd guess the L) on her wings, even though I know it'd be no end of pain if they were put on the wrong sides. It's impressive that you can cut open that much of the side without the structure failling, but I gues that's a bit part of why you let things stiffen so long. Shame about the legs though, especially one after the other. (Reminds me of the guy who called Car Talk because one spark plug popped out of his engine, and after fixing that another one did, then the third time...)

It's looking terific now, with the shapes really standing out beautifully. Too bad you didn't get a chance to ponit out to the visiting high school student how the princesses' proportions are different from a regular pegasus, but for a glance and not having the horn on yet I can understand. :)
bigponymac Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This thing is pretty solid so it's not going to collapse. I think one of the reasons for the is the backbone like support I made going down the length of the body. You can see that slab of clay in the hole I made. The only thing that will happen is the potential for stress cracks to form at some of the less reinforced areas like at the hock and at the thinner portions of the front legs.

Yeah, the story about the legs was my teacher and I were wiring it off the board it's standing on. When we wired under the back left, it shifted a little causing a crack to form at the hock. When we did the front left, it also shifted. I was doing some work on that leg (reshaping it and what not) and it just completely fell off. Evidently I didn't do a good job of scoring and slipping the last time I reattached it. Then I was rasping down the neck to slim it up some. I guess I was being a little too rough and that's when a couple of cracks formed on the right front up around the elbow. It took all this time to get those repairs fixed. lol

RBDash47 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
My only experience with sculpture has been home-oven-fired Sculpey. Following your progress on this has been a fascinating education.
MrVampireChicken Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
dude this is coming along fantastically I can't wait for it to be finished (yes I know how long it will take)
OHCF Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012
I know this will turn out beautifully.
savannagrey Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She is looking like such a pretty pony! I can understand why someone might assume it's Dash considering she has no horn yet though. Oh man I never considered having this just standing around in your house, that would be amazing!
gear9242 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I love this so much! I'm glad there's more progress on this! :iconrainbowdashdowantplz:
Meme00 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist
you are going to burn this in an oven, right? cause then i wonder, how will you get it inside ?
what are you planning to do with the sculpture ?
bigponymac Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, it will be fired. We have an industrial-sized kiln and there will be plenty of room for it. As for getting it in there, it's going to take a lot of careful planning and a good bit of manpower. lol

I have no clue what I'm going to do with it once I get it finished. If my teachers let me, I'll put it on display in the art building. I have no idea what I'll do with it once I get it home. I don't even know if I have anywhere to put it. XD
Meme00 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist
lolz ^^
RainBowDashForever3 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
Dang this thing is big! How big is it compared to you? Also, it's coming along great! Can't wait to see that finished product :D
bigponymac Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's pretty big. If I sat this thing on the ground as is, it would probably come up to my waist. It'll be a little taller once I get the hair and horn on. I'm exactly 6ft tall, so if I had to guess it'll be right at or a little over 3ft tall.

Don't even ask me how much it weighs because I don't even know. All I know is that I've gone through 75lbs of clay or more on this sculpture already.

I'll have to get a picture of me beside it one day to show everyone just how big this thing is. lol
RainBowDashForever3 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012
Oh dang! That thing is huge! Haha as far as I can see, it's coming along great! ^^

Definitely get a picture of you beside it! I'd like to see the comparison. Haha
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