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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?
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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.
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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.
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NimbleNote Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
no paint? D:
BUT ITS SO BEAUTIFUL
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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.
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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!
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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.
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RidgeRunner5 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
:D
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ForsakenChilli Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
Squeeing so hard right now.
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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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bigponymac Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It depends on what I'm carving. I can carve out rough forms when the clay is relatively wet and pliable, but I have to wait until it firms up before I can do any fine details. I can't let it get too dry though. If it gets too dry then I can't do any kind of work on it. I might be able to carve small details somewhat, but if I messed up there would be no way to add any clay back to fix it.

Right now the clay is in a state my teacher likes to call "leather hard". It's dry and firm enough to hold its weight and shape while still being moist enough to add clay or carve away areas and fine details.
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Ookami-moon23 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
then you hav to let it bone dry then put it in the kiln and hope it doesnt crack i cant wait to se it complete
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bigponymac Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
We're going to stick it into the kiln before it gets bone dry and let it dry in there to try to cut down the risk of unrepairable cracks.

And I hope everything turns out alright too.
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Ookami-moon23 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i know from my experiance that the less attention you give a spot the less likly to crack but Idk
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bigponymac Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's usually the case. And if that's true then I need to be worrying about the front legs where they join to the body and the back legs at the hock. I've had to make repairs to those on two separate occasions.
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Ookami-moon23 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i wish you the best of luck on it and cant wait to see it complet
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bigponymac Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much.
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firetongue-luvz-cats Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Student Artist
the tiara is brilliant!
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bigponymac Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's still in it's rough form though. lol
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TheCommonTrickster Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
How do you think the finished sculpture will look? I saw both of your sculptures "Deae Lunae" and "Of Loyalty" and I saw a significant difference in both of them. I was just wondering which final look would this sculpture have. Will it look simular to Deae Lunae or Of Loyalty..? I'd be terrified of this beautiful sculpture cracking like Deae Lunae <:c
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bigponymac Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's not going to look like either one. I'm going to keep it the natural color of the stone. No glazes or paints. The possibility of cracks happening are still there when it's fired, so all I can really do is hope and pray that it doesn't.
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userground12407 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
Awesome, ponymac. I'm sure your sculpture will turn absolutely wonderful. :D
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bigponymac Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Let's hope. *crosses fingers*
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Scottorego Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
My God... It's marvelous!!
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DemonPanther Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
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Go big pony!
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caballero-nocturno Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
Woa great job :O it's amazing :D!
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RainBowDashForever3 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
Damn dude she's coming along amazingly! So close!!
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Haissan Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
I'm So excited are you excited? I've never been so excited, well except for the time you picked this project back up but really what could top that?
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bigponymac Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You keep saying this like I just up and quit on it.

I didn't get to work on it during the summer because well...summer. lol
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Haissan Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
oh right you've got to cut the eye out don't you?
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Haissan Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
OH MY GHRRD I cannot get over how you did it! it looks awesome! and that cutiemark nice idea making it textured differently
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AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice! :D
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EarthenPony Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
So what are your plans for this once you've finally finished it anyway?
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bigponymac Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I honestly have no clue. I need to finish it and hope that it survives the firing process before I can/want to think about what I'm going to do with it.
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EarthenPony Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I bet it would be a hit at Bronycon or a similar convention! Then at the end maybe you could auction it off so you don't have to lug it back home!

Of course if I spent a over a year working on something, I'd probably be pretty hesitant to risk transporting it...
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bigponymac Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm sure it would be a huge hit at conventions, but getting it to them would be difficult because of the shear size and weight of it. The thing probably weighs around 200 pounds and stands at 3 feet tall.

I also don't plan on selling it for a loooong time. I want to enjoy it once I get done with it. lol
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EarthenPony Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ah. I know how you feel. Sometimes I'd like to keep my sculpts but if I did I'd have like a hundred by now!
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bigponymac Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I hear ya. lol

If I had my own personal studio and kiln I'd make sculptures all the time and sell them off.
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Breenland Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
SO CLOSE
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bigponymac Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I KNOW ALDIGALDSKFJA
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