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Twin Hippocampus 2 by Reptangle Twin Hippocampus 2 by Reptangle
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I am still fooling around trying to get a hippocampus sculpture to work. It's that stupid tail. Doesn't make sense and it is difficult to put a base under. Sometimes I mess with a sculpture like this for yearsCURSE YOU! .
 This image is heavily photo shopped. The mirror image helps me to look at it in both ways, plus makes a cool design.
 The original sculpture is pink sculpy. I removed the color . Hippocampusses aren't pink...or  are they?
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jle819 Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
I think these look gorgeous.  I can appreciate the dedication you have to making it look just right!

Did you know that a dolphin has a pink-ness to it up close and personal?  I got to swim with a few dolphins a few years back, and up close you could see their pink muscle through their gray and white skin.  It was quite a pretty shade.  ;-)

I love your work!  You are so very talented!  I wish I had the ability to create things like these!
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Falcolf Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Professional Filmographer
It looks really nice! :D
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aldwarke Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014
It's great. Why not just regard it as a stylised sea horse?
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:iconreptangle:
Reptangle Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I may. I don't have a clue what I'm doing.
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
Very cool design paired like that. If you could weight them enough they'd make awesome bookends.

Well, if they're pale maybe they can get sunburns like beluga whales and turn pinkish :D And fish come in such an amazing range of colors.
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Want!  :la:
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kitiaramajere Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
wantwantwantwant.

Sorry, it's not often I get so taken by a sculpture, but I've always had a thing for hippocampi (?). Very few are done well.
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Reptangle Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
The problem I have with hippocampi is that there aren't very many positions you can put them in! Almost every one I have ever seen is leaping like this.
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jle819 Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
Perhaps on the belly, with the tail arched behind him?  That might be do-able . . . :-)  Or you could have it basking in the sun, as mermaids are sometimes depicted sitting on a rock, basking.  It might be fun to sketch him in many different poses and positions like that!  :-)
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H34RTB34T Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
very nice
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TheMeekWarrior Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The detail on these are gorgeous! :D Maybe you could make a sea-foam-looking base to put them on. Of course it would hide part of the lovely tail...
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Foxfeather248 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I absolutely love these!
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RedDragonfly Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
I think using a small base of swirling water would look good.
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GalleryOfGray Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
I can't wait until you find a way to make them stand. Very beautiful! How tall are they? About 8 in?
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Reptangle Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I need to measure it, I am guessing this one about 8 inches, but I have a larger version also.
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blackstarnova17 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
you could put the tail down flat. i agree with the "fish color scheme" that Leathurkatt suggested
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EpineQueen Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
I love the mane on this critter. This would be a fun PYO. I prefer the upright version over the horizontal idea, but I'm pretty sure I'll buy whichever one ends up getting into production.
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Reptangle Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I have found that the more "up" a creature is the better it sells. Not sure why.
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EpineQueen Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
Really! Now that's interesting.
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GoodGirl-BadGirl Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
They look incredible. :wow:
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Senaru Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
Perhaps you could do a wave on the other side to help support the sculpture? or perhaps loop the tail around the base then up again, but that wouldn't be as pleasing to the eye, possibly. Or even adding fins/larger frills along the sides could maybe work to make it stay up a bit more.  (I had a moment there where I was imagining lionfish frills, but that'd likely be distracting from the main creature)
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LadySpook Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
Perhaps splitting the fin into two would help? That way you'd have it on both sides, giving you a more sturdy/balanced base? Just a thought. =)

It looks fantastic though! Can't wait to see the finished product!
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jle819 Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
This is such an excellent idea!
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LadySpook Featured By Owner May 17, 2014
Thanks! =)
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:iconreptangle:
Reptangle Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh! You mean like a fantail goldfish?? Ha! That would be cute!
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LadySpook Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
Yeah, similar to that! Or you could even just split the fin that runs along the back then bring it together again at the base before the actual tail- fin. Both ways would be cute I think though. ^.^
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Wolfrott Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I think it is because the abdomen isn't big enough; the ribcage begins fine, but then suddenly narrows into the tail section like it has no innards or bones anymore; I can't tell where he ribcage ends or the rest of it begins.
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Reptangle Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I figured he was fish from the shoulders back, so he'd have little fish bones not a rib cage. What do hippopotamuses eat? He probably wouldn't eat hay, so he wouldn't need a big belly to digest it. Fish tails don't even bend like that. It is a mermaid tail.
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jle819 Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
I'm sure that hippocampi eat the rainbows tooted out by their land dwelling brethren.  LoL

Naw, in all seriousness, this is stunning, and I can't wait to see what you come up with!  You are inspiring!
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Wolfrott Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Maybe strengthen the illusion of the hybrid plausibility by adding a more noticeable waist?

It's just my personal taste; even the medieval sea-horses bug me because the really smooth transition from a upper torso into a much thinner tail or hindquarters looks awkward.

Like so! www.eaudrey.com/myth/images/se…

This carousel hippocampus is bad ass: www.icollector.com/Fantasy-Car…

Its the same with merfolk for me; I love to see actual hips!
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:iconreptangle:
Reptangle Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
What always bothered me is the coiled tails, fish don't coil their tails like that.
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:iconwolfrott:
Wolfrott Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yeah - their anatomy doesn't allow that range of mobility :)
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pickledshoe Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Student General Artist
these would make great bookends
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Reptangle Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Nah, these are useless .
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pickledshoe Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Student General Artist
not heavy enough to supports books?
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Reptangle Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
They are too flimsy and small... We do make bookends, but they are much more substantial. More like bricks; reptangle.deviantart.com/art/s…
 But hey, yeah! If I just gave them a big heavy base and maybe a flat side to rest against, they would work for that! I am getting so many ideas here!
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Annqueru Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
Such beautiful eyes :heart:

I always had the idea that Hippocampus were the colour of seafoam... so you might see pink ones at sunset ;)

***wonders if you rotated just the tail fin so that it lay flatish to the ground, would that give enough stability? between the point where the tail touches and the two tips of the fin... tripods are pretty steady...***
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Reptangle Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
 I've tried every position I could think of with my aluminum foil model. If I lay it flat,the tail fin doesn't show very well.
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Phenomi Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Oh gosh, I just love your sculptures. I have a few adorning my bookshelves. I don't know about hippocampi, but many fish and even seahorses can be very pink (pygmy seahorses in particular. They're so small and very pink, I love em!).  All the better to blend in with various corals and sponges. 

As far as the tail goes, I wonder if a different type of tail/finnage may support it better? Something like a goby or blenny, with larger pectoral, anal, and soft dorsal fins as well as a caudal fin to support a base with? 
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Reptangle Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I guess they can have any kind of tail, someone suggested a double tail like a fantail goldfish! I'll probably just give him a base to sit on. Bleah.
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tanlaithial Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely beautiful... I think though what you have at least started here would work, with the tail as the base. Maybe just a bit wider?
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Metal-Lark Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
It's beautiful so far!
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ImmortalPanda Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it in this position, but I totally get the frustration of sculpting bases >_<
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CHeMnICORn Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ohhhh I so want one of those when you figure it out! 
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orangeluigi Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
They look great!
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SmallAustrianVillage Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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it's my suggestion for the base, please don't laugh too hard at my bad art.
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Reptangle Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Good suggestion!
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SmallAustrianVillage Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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I'm glad I could offer something that might work. I've been a huge fan for years.
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areichard1 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Maybe try burying the curve of the tail in a wider base of waves? So the only thing sticking out would be the body from the scales up and the end of the tail? I hope this is clear LOL
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Reptangle Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Or I could make the sculpture in two halves! The top half;head and body, and then have the tail fin as a separate sculpture! You'd set them next to each other on the coffee table, like those sea serpent sculptures.
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