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Ceramic sphinx by Reptangle Ceramic sphinx by Reptangle
Hey! I found one of my rough old sphinx sculptures!
I had forgotten about this one. I made her in 1982, which was a couple years before Windstone existed.
She is unglazed ceramic clay, and is posed here with some nice chunks of petrified wood.
We fired her in a reducing atmosphere so that the clay turned a tan color with toasted edges. I kinda like the way it makes her look filthy, like she just got in a cat-fight.This sphinx is about.. ( where is that dang ruler...) 5 inches long.
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CozmicDreamer Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015
That is really really awesome! It would be a great PYO I would think. :)
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EUDDFJ Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful
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Decevious Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Really cool, I love Egyptian type art and this is different from most ;)
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IbenKrutt Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
Oh dear. I have never bought any Windstones (thought not because I didn't want to), but if you made a sphinx line, I might just have to do something about it. This is bloody gorgeous.
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Reptangle Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I am so glad you think so! I have not had much response to Sphynxes as a subject. I am waiting for them to become more popular before I try making a sculpture to produce.
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IbenKrutt Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
Let's hope they're revived by some popular TV-show then!

I love human-faced-animals and sphinxes are my favourite, I'm always on the lookout for more artwork with them in it. Your take on it is pretty much perfect, you made her look like a proper predator, sleek and elegant.
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Om-nom-nomnivore Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I like the way she looks with the toasted edges too! Are you ever going to make more like this?
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Reptangle Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Probably not, but who knows. Thank you!
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plexar37 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That... is amazing!
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lill68952 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is amazing! I've been in a ceramics class for a few months now and I can't make anything half-decent. Do you have any tips you could pass on to a newbie? :P
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Reptangle Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh, sure! I just take a piece of clay and go at it. But this is not what you are supposed to do.
The big tip is -if you are doing a sculpture, use a type of clay body that is suited for that purpose. Use one that is "plastic" with a little grog in it for support, otherwise you'll be trying to sculpt with peanut butter.
Making ceramic figures is much harder than making things out of Sculpey. You need to plan out your sculpting method, so it goes as quickly as possible before the thing can dry out.For this reason, it is best to use textures rather than trying to sculpt individual details.

For big pieces (about the size of a squirrel or larger) I usually used "pinch pots" stuffed with newspapers wrapped in damp paper towels for the body, then I added legs and whatnot to that.

I would prepare the basic legs, head, slabs for wings, and little balls or worms of clay for making feathers or scales, in advance so I could assemble the whole thing quickly. Hopefully that leaves you time to pose and refine the creature before it drys out. With practice, you can really get fast at this.
Another method is to sculpt the thing solid, let it set up to leather hard stage, slice it through the thick parts, scoop it out like an avocado, then stick it back together. This is good for slim creatures that don't lend themselves to pinch-pot shapes.
There are a half dozen other ways to sculpt things at least, but these are the ones I have used the most.
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Battledress Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
I really like how you treated the mane transitions. Lots of movement and grace in her....
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Alkaline00 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
I absolutely love the mane!
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:iconreptangle:
Reptangle Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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fierylioness Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, this is incredible! :heart: :heart: :heart: *covets madly*
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Vivienne-Mercier Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love her! She's beautiful. Do you think you'll make more?
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Reptangle Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Not in ceramic, the kiln is in storage, but I might make a pyo sphinx sometime.
Thank you!
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Falcolf Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Professional Filmographer
She looks like an antique Egyptian figurine (though of course with better anatomy! XD) Nice flow of movement! :)
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allytha Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Absolutely beautiful!
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Quilsnap Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012   General Artist
sphynxs are damn cool
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gryphons-aerie Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
So beautiful. Must have been an unexpected find. Just like being in Luxor ;-)
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MoonlightMoth Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Awe... no breasts? I enjoy that particular powerful female attribute on these creatures. My favorite ones being from The Never Ending Story. :3

Still very nice and ancient looking.
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Reptangle Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
This is sort-of based on the Egyptian kind of sphinx. They didn't have breasts, or at least you couldn't tell if they did.
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T4pew0rm Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
what kind of sphinx is this based off of?
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Reptangle Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
The simple, wingless, Egyptian kind.
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T4pew0rm Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I thought so! :D
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megamibabe16 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
Wow, an old piece. This is really cool.
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Neat! :D I like how it looks like a male lion from the back.
Not sure about the thing on her head. ;p
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Reptangle Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm not sure about the thing on her head either, I guess it was supposed to be a headdress of some kind.
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:giggle:
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Mors-Regis Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Man she is stunning, I really like that she's unglazed. Gives a more authentic and antiquity appeal to her:)
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keight Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
I really like the look, feel and flow of her, Melody.
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KhanLovr75 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
Amazing! I love her pose and details! :)
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MadMother88 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! You know what also doesn't appear much? Orcs. XD Ever sing I read this trilogy 'Queen of the Orcs', I found that I really like them in that light, different than what you usually think of
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Reptangle Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I am not overly fond of orcs! Or giants, or trolls or any hulking, dumb, bad tempered, smelly characters like that
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MadMother88 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:D Yeah, but in the books, they aren't savage, but noble in their own way.
I like to think of my own orcs a kind of mix between those.
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Lynxwing Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful! I love that representation!
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tkpants Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Beautiful. I'm digging the dirtiness - makes her look like a historic artifact.
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Sixwing Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, I like her!
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jeweledphoenix Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice!!!!
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HM-Dragon-Dreamer Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the color of it. :3 Looks antique.
The design is to my taste aswell, I especially like the mane :)
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