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Big Luna Sculpt Mane Construction 2 by bigponymac Big Luna Sculpt Mane Construction 2 by bigponymac
Continuing the mane. This is the result of a few hours work over the past two days. Here I'm getting the rough shape of Luna's flowing mane. Any smoothing and detailing will come after I establish the shape. I'm hoping I can get close to finishing by the end of the week because I won't be able to work on it next week due to Thanksgiving Break.

I'm also running low on paper clay. That means I'm going to have to make some more. Don't need much, but I'm cutting it close with what I have right now.

And guys feel free to ask me questions if there's something you'd like to know. I love sharing knowledge.
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ZenshiUchiha Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So is all the majorly large pieces filled with newspaper?
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bigponymac Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Only a couple, the mane and some of the tail. Everything else is completely hollow save the body and the majority of the neck. They have a single slab of clay acting as a "back bone" running down the middle to give them support. The legs are completely hollow and are supported by the thickness of the clay walls at their bottoms. 
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ZenshiUchiha Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Damn. Did it fall apart when it was put in the kelm?
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bigponymac Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It hasn't been fired yet. It's starting to crack because we haven't been able to fire it in almost a year and it's drying out.  I haven't been able to keep it moist because I've been too busy to go to campus and the weight of the piece is putting stress on various points. 

Drying clay + stress = bad news
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ZenshiUchiha Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, damn. I thought maybe you had fired it yet.
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aaano Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
this is fricken amazin'! also, Big Mac makin' a Luna. . . . . Best ship in my opinion xD
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hotamr Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Professional Filmographer
what clay did you use? can you make a Tutorial?!
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bigponymac Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I use cone 5-10 Orangestone. I can't remember what brand it is.

As for a tutorial, I would have no idea what to do for one. There were so many different techniques involved in making this and the sculpture is almost complete. What kind of tutorial are you looking for?
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hotamr Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Professional Filmographer
thanks,

your technique you full out with papers and that make it a Lightweight,
how you start with clay, so tutorial about that will be Great,
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bigponymac Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I might be able to do something. It's pretty simple really. I could try to do a short video either Monday or Tuesday.
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hotamr Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Great.
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bigponymac Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Vid is up. [link]
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hotamr Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Great Tutorial, looking for more like this stuff it's really help me out,
I start to use Water based Clay [link] it's too hard to work with but working to improving,

Thank you for the Tutorial,
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katanos Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
that's weird!!
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Foxi-5 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
You do realise that Bronies from all over the world are going to come to your place and pray at your house for Luna to smite down her enemies... As well as give an overabundance of candy offerings on Nightmare Night? :)
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bigponymac Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
As long as they keep the noise down and bring good candy I don't mind. lol
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Dr-Dippy Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
Are you going with season one Luna style or season 2
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bigponymac Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Season 2
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the-jooh Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Strange question:
What does your art teachers think about the pony theme you creating?
Remember last art school i whent to they kinda tried to 'beat' manga/anime lines out of some ppl that came there and wanted to paint what they've always been drawing..

btw.. just to say it ..its srsly awesum work whut you got there.
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bigponymac Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
They're behind me 100%. For one I think it's because they've had no student do anything at this scale, but it's probably because my current teachers are pretty laid back. Most of the time they let us do whatever kind of subject matter we want to. There are exceptions though. My drawing classes had us draw from life and my graphics classes had specific projects with set subject matter. There were a few times when we had the choice to do whatever though. My sculpture classes were very open to creativity unlike my other classes. In those, my teacher told us what kind of sculpture we were making (low-relief, high-relief, bust, etc.) and had us come up with whatever subject matter we wanted. Those classes were more about learning how to work with clay rather than anatomy, proportion, life, etc. Though he did critique us when things were a little off. I know for a fact that if I were anywhere else it'd be different.

This sculpture was supposed to be my final project in Sculpture II two semesters ago (Fall 2011). Every single sculpture I did except for the first two in Sculpture I were pony related. He never said anything about my subject matter. All he was worried about was the time and effort I put into making my pieces and I put a ton of effort into all my work. I think he saw this and challenged me to make a large scale sculpture for my final piece since I was always ambitious and enthusiastic when it came to his class. So I accepted.

Also thanks!
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the-jooh Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
oh ..not bad.
Nice to hear you got teacher that challange you to think out side the box and stay true to yourself in the same time.
Might also be easiest to do so as a sculpture teacher (clay, wood, aso), vs painting, textile and graphics.

I look forward to see it finished.
You gona leave it the natrual color.. or you be doing that as well?
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bigponymac Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah I'm very thankful to have teachers like I do.

I'm thinking about keeping it natural. I feel like painting it would take away from it.
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Aairo Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
why? XD
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bigponymac Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Because reasons.
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Aairo Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i see, lol
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Inurantchan Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
Is she still relatively light? I know you've made her hollow to use less clay and keep down the weight, but I'm quite curious. :)
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bigponymac Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's still really heavy, I know I've used over 100lbs of clay, but I would say yes it's relatively light compared to how heavy it could be.
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Inurantchan Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
Wow! Getting her into the Kiln will be quite the feat then....definetely wish you goodluck with that. She looks great so far thoguh :)
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gaturguts Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
are you planning on making resin casts off of this?
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bigponymac Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Haven't planned on it. I imagine it would be difficult because of the shear size of this thing. I might look into it sometime in the future though.
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gaturguts Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
Yeah, i saw up a few posts how heavy the thing was!
Definitely an amazing piece though. Youre very talented!
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Momma-Bear Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This may be a dumb question but what exactly is paper clay? This is beautiful by the way.
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bigponymac Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's a perfectly good question. Paper clay is simply paper (in this case toilet paper because it dissolves real easy) and clay mixed together. There's actually a little more that goes in the preparation, but you get the idea. The paper gives the clay added strength during the building stage, so it's great for when you need to sculpt something that needs a little extra support. When the sculpture is fired, all the paper will be burned out making the resulting bisque lighter than if I had used normal clay.

The only bad thing about paper clay is that it starts to smell funky after a few weeks when the paper starts to decompose. lol
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Momma-Bear Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
oh ok thanks.

and that sticks :D
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OHCF Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
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firetongue-luvz-cats Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Student Artist
wow! thats really cool! good idea, using paper inside it!
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bigponymac Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wadded up paper is great for stuff like this. I did the same thing with the tail.
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firetongue-luvz-cats Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Student Artist
cool! i once made a lifesised paper mache (spelling..?) model of myself. the entire thing was full of paper! its not so lifesised anymore... i made it years ago. lol
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BlueEyedMelloon Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Student Photographer
Good god! How are you going to MOVE her!?
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bigponymac Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
A lot of man power. Actually, right now I have her on a cart which allows me to roll her around where I need to, but it's going to be an adventure getting her from the cart to the kiln. That's going to be at least a 2-3 man job.
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InkyNotebook Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Jeez... Luna is HUGE. I can only imagine how much clay you are using...
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bigponymac Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I've lost count. I'm probably somewhere between 100-150lbs. Maybe more.
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COOKIEZiD Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
So kool! /)^3^(\
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XxFlamerunnerxX Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
EPIC GREAT JOB SO FAR
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artseycarmen Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
wow wow wow wow OMG THIS IS THE COOLEST THING EVER!!!!!!!!!
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