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Big Luna Sculpt Final Details 1 by bigponymac Big Luna Sculpt Final Details 1 by bigponymac
Here I am on the final stretch.

I was going to wait until I finished the horn and the tiara before I took a picture, but I got excited at how good they looked when I put them on that I just had to show everyone. They both still need a little work, but I can't do anything until next week.

You may have noticed (if you've been following the progress on this) that I gave Luna an iris to go along with her pupil. It still needs a little work as well, but it'll get there.

I have a feeling I'm going to get some questions regarding the direction I went with the cutie mark. Here's the thing. I have no intention of painting this sculpture. Because of this, I needed to find some ways to create depth without the use of paint. In this case I decided to use contrasting textures (rough vs smooth) to define her cutie mark instead of using a boring line. This makes it very easy for the eye to make out shapes and gives the illusion that the rough area is a different color than the rest (kind of like how hollowing out the eyes works).

Since I did all of this in the course of 2-3 hours today, I can almost guarantee that I'll have this completed (FINALLY) sometime next week. I'll post pictures once I get everything done unless I do something in the process that I think everyone might find interesting
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meadowsongcreations Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014
Are you gonna paint it?
bigponymac Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Maybe. Maybe not.

I don't know if you saw any of the other pictures I took after I finished this or happened to come across any of my journals concerning this sculpture, but everything has changed since I made this submission.

The sculpture cracked before we could get it into the kiln and I had to save what I could. I managed to save the head, so instead of a full-body sculpture it's going to be a bust from her chest piece up. 

The head has gone through it's bisque firing and still needs to go through it's last high fire. It formed some cracks during the bisque fire. After the final fire, I'm either going to leave it natural (cracks and all) or I'm going to fill the cracks with plaster and paint it a solid color (probably white). I don't want to paint it to show accuracy because I'll lose a lot of the sculptural detail I put into it. I also sculpted it with the intention of leaving it natural.
Wandering-Heartbeat Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm obsessed with this, it's just spectacular details and that hard work, time and effort, sweat, tears, blood...was well worth it, she's a princess to be proud of.
NimbleNote Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
no paint? D:
bigponymac Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not going to paint it because I feel like it would take away from the natural beauty of the clay and hide certain details.

I'm going to rely on the forms I sculpted and the shadows cast from those forms to show that this is Luna without having to paint it.
NimbleNote Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw. Well I have to say, I've been following this project since it started and it sure has come a long way!
bigponymac Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes it has. I can't believe I'm almost done.

And thanks for staying interested with it for so long, even after the long periods of no updates.
RidgeRunner5 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
ForsakenChilli Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
Squeeing so hard right now.
PreciousLovesGD Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
To make details in sculptures like this, do you just carve them in while they're still yet ( i don't have an oven, i let my sculptures air dry )
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