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Secret Keeper dragon by Reptangle Secret Keeper dragon by Reptangle
A photo of the original sculpture of the Secret Keeper dragon . This is the finished sculpture that we made the first molds from.
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Akamar Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
... What did you sculpt out of...?
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:iconreptangle:
Reptangle Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
 The original sculpture was made from an air drying, water-based clay called "critter clay".

 This one is a gypsum reproduction
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Celestial-Rainstorm Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
(I know, old comment is old) 

How does Critter Clay hold up? Is it more similar in consistency to grey water-based ceramic clay, or Sculpey? 
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Reptangle Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
It is sticky and it can be difficult to work with. It is somewhat similar to ceramic clay, but much more plastic. It will support itself when wet much better than any ceramic clay.  It is REALLY strong when it is dry, but it is not water proof. It will turn into slimy mud if it gets wet again.
 It looks terrible when it dries, but that's what paint is for.
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Celestial-Rainstorm Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Okay, thank you so much. All this info you're giving me is really helpful. (By the way, that blue gryphon over on eBay is simply gorgeous) 
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:iconreptangle:
Reptangle Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconcelestial-rainstorm:
Celestial-Rainstorm Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I hope he got a good home. One of your most gorgeous gryphons I must say. 
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silverfang07 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:3 very pretty... those scales amaze me ^^
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Ravenwolfslayer Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Your work is amazing. Do you make the eyes as well. They look so real!
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:iconreptangle:
Reptangle Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
We buy the blank glass eyes, but we paint and fire the glass paint onto the backs ourselves.
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Ravenwolfslayer Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh cool. May I ask where you buy them?
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:iconreptangle:
Reptangle Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
We get ours in huge quantities from the manufacturer, but you can buy eyes similar to the ones we use from Van Dyke's Taxidermy supply. They call them "Wood carver" bird eyes in their online catalog.Here's a link:[link]
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Ravenwolfslayer Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much for the link, they have some beautiful eyes! And reasonable prices.
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lizardseraphim Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It looks like my guardian angel, very beautiful and lovely.
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firebreathe Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011
Stunning. I keep wondering, how do you melt and cast pure awesomeness? :)
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Force-Flux Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Professional General Artist
Mmmmn every time I see one of your perfectly smooth, scaled, large sculptures unpainted I just wanna llllllick it....would probably taste horrible though...
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Reptangle Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
bleh
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Force-Flux Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Professional General Artist
I take it you've tried? XD
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:iconreptangle:
Reptangle Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
The dust goes up your nose and in your mouth. It really isn't too bad.
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ScraffitoFerret Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011   Artisan Crafter
One day... I'll get a Paint Your Own piece. Seeing the unpainted pieces always inspires me, almost as much as the painted pieces. I love the detail in this original sculpture, especially around the snout and the eye ridge~
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ScarboroughsFair Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh this is gorgeous.
Are you going to make PYOs of them?
I love those soft eyes!!!
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Reptangle Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
There is a pyo "Keeper" dragon,it's not the same sculpture but somewhat similar in attitude.
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aoifasd Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
WOW!
you know, it looks good in white :)
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Cale-DV Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
Wow, the detail you put into your sculptures is just beautiful. I'd love to see this one in the old white colour with the gold eyes :D
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GeshaR Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
It looks beautiful in white, all the details stand out so well. And the wealth of textures and scales is mind-boggling! They flow so well on the form, creating amazingly realistic effect (realistic dragon sounds funny, but it's true). And his face is so thoughtful...
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Reptangle Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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graceofbass Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
How do you put the eyes in? Are they placed before, during, or after sculpting?
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Reptangle Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
The eyes are flat on the back. They are shaped kinda like little frizbees, so they slip into the eye socket, up under the upper lid and then drop down behind the lower lid. Normally they are glued in place after the piece is completely finished, but I needed to make sure the sculpture will fit the eyes, so I put them in place while I am working. The eyes will be removed when the mold gets made.
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graceofbass Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
Interesting. So when you sculpt you leave a space to slide the eyes in?
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Reptangle Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, they are cast without eyes and we glue them in after they are painted.
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graceofbass Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
That's so interesting. Thank you for responding. :)
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M-Skirvin Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
It's awesome, BTW, to see one of the originals. It just blows my mind that not only are there details galore, but that they look RIGHT. It blew my mind the first time I laid eyes on the brown dragon, lo those many years ago, and it blows my mind to this day....

Complexly incredible work!!!

(Better than simply incredible....:D)
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:iconreptangle:
Reptangle Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
There's plenty of mistakes!
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M-Skirvin Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
Ah, but a true master can hide them in plain sight....XDXDXD

And I want to echo what another commenter said...What are the chances you'd do a tutorial and show us how it's done? I even went websurfing for Denscal because I'd not heard of it before....
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Reptangle Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I sure did!
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M-Skirvin Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
Gypsum, eh? Hmmm. You must be casting the stuff in blocks like hydrostone or something, and then drawing a vacuum on it to get the bubbles out.....
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Reptangle Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah hydrostone, denscal, or something softer, depending on what I am doing. I don't start with a block, I make a rough sculpture out of clay and have a casting made of that.
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M-Skirvin Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
Okay, that makes a lot more sense.... (I'm intensely interested in your methodology...:D)
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Reptangle Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Sculpt something in clay. Have it cast in gypsum. Carve and sand for 1 year. Decide to change the position of the wings and head. Cast it again. Sand for another 4 months. Simple
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M-Skirvin Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
Hey, I am OCD, you know. =P So what does happen when you decide to radically change something? Are you able to make use of what you've done so far, or do you have to start from scratch? I'm suspecting you start from scratch again back at the clay model...

Yargh. Not impossible, but still yargh. XDXD
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Reptangle Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I take the nearly completed gypsum piece and saw it apart. I try to do this when nobody is around. It is distressing to watch.
I then reposition what ever it is and shmarm it back together with clay or wax or whatever, and have the mold maker recast it. Then I start again from there. I do this way too often. I don't think this is something I want to do a tutorial about, it is pretty unprofessional.
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M-Skirvin Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
Personally, "unprofessional" doesn't enter into it. I want to know the good and bad, the hard and easy. My methods of digital painting are unorthodox and haphazard at best, but it gets me there eventually, and there seems to be no shortage of people who want to see the odd directions I take on the way....:D
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Sfinga Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
Adorableee <3 <3 <3
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00pinky00 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
wow! So beautiful!
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Doodleniks Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The details are amazing. :o
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HekateLesedi Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Student Filmographer
Do you have a tutorial or something for the person who's feeling adventurous and wants to try this?
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Reptangle Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I don't have a tutorial. Believe me it isn't nice orderly process! I usually don't know what I am doing.
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Guinan Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
wonderful!!!
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Mist-Howler Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely gorgeous. May I ask of what you use as materials for the sculpture?
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:iconreptangle:
Reptangle Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
This is carved gypsum ( dense plaster).
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