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Big Princess Luna Sculpture Day...COMPLETE!!! by bigponymac Big Princess Luna Sculpture Day...COMPLETE!!! by bigponymac
Guys. I did it. I'm done. It took me over a year, but I'm finally done!

Final height: 3' 4" (101 cm)
Final length: 3' (91.4 cm)
Final width: 1' 9" (53.3 cm)
Final weight: 100-200 lbs? (I'm not exactly sure)
Total man-hours: 625-675 hours

Now when I say I'm finished. I'm done with all aspects of sculpting. No more shaping clay, no more adding or subtracting clay, and no more detail work (actually I see a few things I might need to fix but whatever). The only thing I'll do to this sculpture now is minor cosmetic work (like smoothing out rough areas, nicks, and bumps) right before we fire it. Other than that, I'm finished. All that needs to happen now is to fire it. Which is going to be a whole other ballgame.

I just have no words to describe the relief I'm feeling right now. I've been through so many ups and downs with this project and at times I thought I'd never complete it. I had to do repairs to this thing TWICE. Each time I had to wait at least a month before I could make any progress.

Man, I just can't believe I'm done. I just want to thank everyone for their support I especially want to thanks the ones that have stuck around since the beginning (you know who you are) It just means so much to me and I'm very happy that you guys enjoy something that I'm very passionate about. I just have so much love for you guys.

If you want to see the larger individual pictures, I've posted them to my tumblr here -> [link]

I'll post updates on the firing progress in my journal. The way it's looking it might be a few weeks to a month before we get to fire it. Just stay tuned.
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Kitten5432 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
HOLY CRAP someone luvs ponys
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Kujiiro Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
That is gorgeous, man. I saw in the comments you don't intend to paint it, but I really hope you change your mind about it at some point. It is amazing as it is, but would be even better in color. Such good work.
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bigponymac Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!

It doesn't really matter what I do now. The sculpture didn't survive long enough to be fired. It got too dry and started cracking everywhere. I did manage to save the head, however. I detailed everything in this journal entry. It's been weeks since I've gone back to check on it's progress. I need to make a special effort to go do that sometime this week or next week. 

If the bust survived the firing, I still plan on keeping it natural. I'd lose too much detail if I covered it with paint. 
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xPrincess-Glinda Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
My god....this is beautifull.. Princess Luna is a beast. You have amazing talent <3
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archiveit1 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013
I saw this last year when you first posted it, but I just now stumbled across your Youtube videos describing how you made it.  Very interesting and thank you for taking the time film them so we can get an idea of how you work.  Your techniques are not what I am used to seeing in clay sculpture, but interesting nevertheless. 

It's a shame that you are going to lose the body, but I hope the bust turns out well after the firing.
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bigponymac Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome!

Yeah I was pretty bummed when I had to make that decision, but at least the head stayed intact and works well on its own. 

Thanks!
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boothnat Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
My jaw has hit the ground, and is now going through the various floors of my apartment.
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Wandering-Heartbeat Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh goodness, like I said GLORIOUS
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blazah99 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
Dang, this is one of those project/art pieces that I thought I would never find again and just by chance I followed a link which lead me here(to your DA page that is), lol.
So how did this go? How did it turn out? *reads comments* Not painting it?! What a shame/disappointment. Maybe mix and fire some paints together to see which ones you like most? Or make smaller test models?
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bigponymac Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It still hasn't been fired. There needs to be some repairs made to the kiln first and my teacher has been too busy with summer classes to get to it. I'm hoping it'll get done before fall classes start back. 

I have my reasons for not wanting to paint it, mainly because I'm afraid it will take away from the sculptural elements I gave it (like the cutie mark and eye) so it wouldn't need paint. I want shadows to define the details of the sculpture, not color. However, if the sculpture cracks when it's fired and the cracks are in very noticeable places, then I'll have to paint it to cover up any patch jobs. Even if that happens I think I'll paint it a solid color. Maybe an off-white to give it a marble-like appearance or something close to the original color of the stone. 

Glazes are out of the question. They are way too hard to predict, small details will be lost, and are very unforgiving. If I apply too much glaze, it will run. If I apply too little, the color might not come out right. Also glazes like to vary in color according to the chemical make up of the gasses being emitted in the kiln during firing. Glaze is good for ceramics like cups, plates, vases, pots, etc., but not for detail work on sculptures like this. 
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