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Rainbow Dash Sculpt Day 6 by bigponymac Rainbow Dash Sculpt Day 6 by bigponymac
Day 6

Added her mane, which was surprisingly easy. Only took me about 20-30 minutes to do. Spent the rest of my time making little tweaks. I added some clay around her eyes to insinuate that she had eyelids and built up her cheek bones a little. I also fixed her right elbow. It was looking a little flat. Gave her a tongue as well.

Tomorrow I'll add the wings and go through final tweaks and preparations. After all that, she'll be finished and I can move on to my next project.
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CONKERSBADFURDAY Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I've been planning on sculpting the full cast (but with Sculpey clay; not sure what you used though) so these set of pics were pretty useful. What you have right now looks amazing. I really like how you did the clouds, they fit in with the aesthetic perfectly. Clouds are such a bitch to do in any medium...I'm not sure I get the pose of Rainbow Dash though, but that might be because she's currently lacking wings. I do look forward to seeing the finished product. Do you have plans on painting it by chance? The color of the clay could make the sculpture go either way, it looks great as is with that bronzeish brown color.
bigponymac Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Finished product is already up! [link]

I'm using traditional clay. It's a kind called Orangestone and it's one of the more sturdy clays available at my campus bookstore.

And yes clouds are a pain. It took me a while to come up with a method to get the clouds to look like they did in my concept sketch. But once I did they came together nicely.

I do plan on painting it but I have to wait for it to get fired. It has to go through two firings, the bisque and then the final. The piece will be a dark brown color once it goes through it's final trip in the kiln.

I'm glad to know that my step by step pictures could be of some use to someone. :)

And thanks!
THE731 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist
Thank you very much for these helpful pics. Maybe I should try sculpting ponies too...
bigponymac Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome.

And go for it! There's definitely not enough pony sculptures.
MutheSquirrel Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
I love this, although the empty eye sockets scare there &^*$ out of me.
bigponymac Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It's just the pupils that are empty. If you look at most sculptures, the artist hollows out the pupils. Why? Because it creates a shadow that insinuates that the pupil is black. I didn't understand this concept until my teacher explained it to me when I was working on my Gryphon Tile.

Yes, it might look a little creepy. Especially since ponies have HUGE pupils. But that just the way it is.

Freakinator Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
Really beutiful.
bigponymac Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! ^^
StonerPony Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ProfPyro Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011
Yeah, those empty eye sockets creep me out too. Aside from that though, I'm in awe. Love the look of the swirly clouds, it gives a sense of 'look out, Rainbow Dash is comin' fast.'
Fairy-Slayer Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011
The tongue is very important so she can razz others as needed. :) She's looking great and I'm glad you're getting close to finished. Actually, if you'd placed her in the latest episode she wouldn't even need the wings. ;)

So, am I right to think that you're not completely finished and will paint her once she's cured, or is that asking way too much? ;)
bigponymac Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll definitely paint her when she's gone through both stages of her firing. I could glaze her, but that would be extremely difficult because of her color palette.

When will she get fired? I have no clue. I've been waiting on Fluttershy and the Dash tile for 5 months.

I actually finished her yesterday, but I'm going to wait to see if my teacher approves of her before I post any pictures. (He wasn't there yesterday.)
chellforte Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
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September 19, 2011
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