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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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NightShadeOC Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
NICE!
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That-Paranoid-Zombie Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014
Must have been hell to do
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:iconbigponymac:
bigponymac Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You have no idea. lol
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:iconthat-paranoid-zombie:
That-Paranoid-Zombie Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
Damn
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Kitten5432 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  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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xLady-AuroraX Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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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AdistroughtWOLF Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
bro.... you need a cookie for this. this is amazing!
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DjAiluzha Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Do you will paint it?
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bigponymac Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I have no initial plans to paint it. However, I will paint it if I have to patch any cracks that may form during the firing process and they are noticeable. Even then I may stick with a solid color. I feel if I painted her "show accurate" it wouldn't have as much depth and detail and would take away from some of the sculptural elements I gave it.
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NuclearPoison Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
....
HOLY
FUCK
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OctaviaMelody Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
.................awesome. I can't imagine something more awesome right now
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:iconhaissan:
Haissan Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
Came to look at it again and sweet mother of Celestia
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ShinyStrawberry Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay!
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TheBearBones Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow... that's a lot of hours of work. It definitely paid off though, this looks fantastic :)
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BraveryTheHusky Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
That thing is still as awesome as when I first laid my eyes on it. Any idea where you're gonna put it in your house when it's done?
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:iconbigponymac:
bigponymac Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I have absolutely no idea where I'm going to put it once I'm done. lol
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:iconbraverythehusky:
BraveryTheHusky Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You should put it in a display case in your home.
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:iconbigponymac:
bigponymac Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No room. My house isn't very big.
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:iconbraverythehusky:
BraveryTheHusky Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Make room. lol
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Maximunex Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh .... realy? REALY??กก :D
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:iconbigponymac:
bigponymac Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Really!
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:iconmaximunex:
Maximunex Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
xD
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Ezio-Ponytore Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Student
Beautifully executed pice of craft man ship. I think I said it right. Great job man
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00Mystic-Artist Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
Look at the size of that vig...... I mean Princess luna she's huge XD WOW i can see her mane awesome XD
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makeitpurple Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Student General Artist
O.O ...
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cajobif Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
Fantastic work!

*applauses*
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Juria316 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
That is astounding! :D
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Marcoooootje1 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, just wow. Well done sir!
*applauds*
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fsujs Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Dude, best of luck firing this, I know how sketchy things can get when firing larger pieces.
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:iconbigponymac:
bigponymac Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. We're going to fire it as slow as we possibly can. Might even keep it in there for a week straight.
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:iconfsujs:
fsujs Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Let hope that's long enough.
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:iconbigponymac:
bigponymac Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Week straight for the bisque fire AND the final fire. We're not playing any games with this thing.
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fsujs Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Final fire? Not familiar with that, we only ever did bisque and glaze firings(and a once per term raku firing).
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bigponymac Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I guess the technical term is the glaze fire. I've always called it the final fire.
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:iconfsujs:
fsujs Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay well that makes sense at least. So are you planning to glaze the piece or do a cold finish?
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:iconbigponymac:
bigponymac Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No glaze. I'd like to keep everything natural if I can.
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Amazing.
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Laurentiusje Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
those details :wow:
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azzkikr143 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
paint? glaze?
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:iconbigponymac:
bigponymac Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not going to glaze it and will only paint it if I have to fix noticeable cracks after it's fired.
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crow-proxy Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Wow...
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DarkCog Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Luuuuuuuuuuuuuuunnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
<3
<3
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