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Cornelius Clay by Altalamatox Cornelius Clay by Altalamatox
In the interest of finding some hobby that doesn't further involve ruining my wrists, I've brought a big wad of clay back to school for to craft things of the three-dimensional kind. I made dorky things out of clay all the time as a kid, it's been years since I've tried anything.

So this was me sticking a toe back in the water. I think he came out alright, saving that his eyes are too far spaced and it makes him look spaced from the front. Wish I had some kind of real thick glaze to smooth out his skin and give him something like the thick, translucent outer skin he's supposed to have as a character. And next time I do eyes I'm going to bake them separately then gouge them into the sockets of the unbaked model so they actually look implanted in the skull. That's what I did with the fins, baked them separately and stabbed them into his back. I give it six months before I bust one of them off.

There you go, a tiny Cornelius bust thingy! I wish he really was this size, he would be my shoulder glatni and we would go all places. c:
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sweets8 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
. . . and have the best of adventures together : P
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CalliScribbles Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
He would be awesome at about a foot long and shoulder-riding.
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metazoe Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
:thumbsup:
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azispaz Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
I'm sure that will come in ridiculously handy when drawing his head from funny angles.
Welp. That seals it. I'm making one of Sansi's head.

Awesome stuff. He's so shiny. :3
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SilverGryphon8 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
He's adorable! Perhaps you could try layering him with a clear gesso or gloss medium?
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Redfeathyrs Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Student General Artist
That is...awesome. :iconsuperglompplz:
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GingerOpal Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
For eyes, if you're going to paint the sculpture after it's baked, you can find metal beads or bee-bees to put in the unbaked head, and no one will know they're not clay.
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
Oooh, yes, I forgot all about beads! And if I could get some white ones I wouldn't even have to make them all fugly with paint. Thanks for the suggestion!
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GingerOpal Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
you're welcome! :D
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JenBuggg Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Omg thats too epic. *o*

may i ask what type of clay did you use?
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
Thanks!

It's that oven-bake Sculpey stuff you can buy by the mini-brick from craft stores.
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JenBuggg Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing! ^u^
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MBlackwood Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Student Filmographer
. . . You are a renaissance woman. You paint. You draw. You design. You write. AND you sculpt. And it's all AMAZING. HOW DO YOU DO THAT. *cue Frollo "WITCHCRAFT" meme face*

Seriously, though. A shoulder glatni would be the best thing. I want one desperately badly.
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tigersmeow Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
And this is why I love you.
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
Aw, gosh. :XD:
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mia-uchiha10119 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
wow! this is really great for someone who hasn't tried sculpting in a while. Great job on it!
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RunawaySpirit Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
Ah! I know exactly how to help you with that glazing bit without having to spend more money on special-thin glaze.
Don't know if you did this (you probably did) but you'll want clay that you can bake multiple times. Bake once, rough, and then sand the baked clay with decreasing grading. Glaze. Bake again. Sand again. Glaze one last time with a water mix.
You should have a really nice skin coating that is similar to a fish or lizard!
I was once told to add a layer of vaseline under a coating, but I'm not 100% sure that's safe...
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
Aah, wonderful idea, I never thought of sanding! I will give this a shot next time I do somethin' slimeh. Thank you!
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Zekkentak Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Student General Artist
That is quite nifty! :lol:
I think sculpting is amazing.
It's so relaxing and anything you draw can literally POP into the real world.

The work is great fun :D
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Illusioninme Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
sticking a toe back in the water, your little sculpture there puts all my work to shame!
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Anime-Guru1217 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice! I like his fins :)
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Susiron Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohh, the facial construction on this looks wonderful : O
Hope you have more fun with the clay and continue with it! C:
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CaptainSeawolf Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012   General Artist
Neat! Very nicely done! He looks wonderful, especially for a 'test run' as it is. I know I started making maquettes to help with difficult positions for drawing my characters and they help a ton, even if this was for fun alone. As for the transparent fins, something I did when I was younger was take tissue paper and brush it over wire with glue, Let that dry and would add more glue for strength. Something i have used for a high gloss that might work (ir not for fear of sticking fingers) is super glue, once it dries it gives a nice shine. Another transparent fin trick I did if you don't mind it being a bit opaque is again using at least a little wire structure on parchment paper I'd then fill it with hot glue, with a pair of sharp sewing scissors you can shape it a little and it has some give to it and flexibility.
Just some options for the possible future for you.

Love the sculpture though, you did amazing and I love the paint job as well! Bravo!
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Altalamatox Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
Hey, thank you! Yeah, I just started making this on a whim without references so it's nothing I'd use for a drawing aid, except maybe for that difficult 3/4-from-the-rear thing with animal faces. Maquettes are awesome, though, go you! :dance:

Aaaah, very good ideas! I actually never thought about hot glue although we have a crap ton of it at home! Have you ever tried sanding a hot glue piece? I wonder if that'd work better than scissors for cleaning up the edges.
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CaptainSeawolf Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012   General Artist
You're welcome! And that is how many of my maquettes were, just wanted them scampering around my room for the fun of it more then anything else. Just worked later to get them for drawing aid like you said in those hard angles, they are evil!

I'm glad the idea's were helpful! I actually have not worked with sanding it before, however I am working on a project at the moment that requires hot glue, now I am going to try! I'll probably post up some pictures just to show what it could end up like. I imagine it would work well like scissors, might add some texturing but I'll find out! :D
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SilveryBeing Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
That's really cool! I was never very good at clay so I'm impressed with how Cornelius looks. I hope you do more in the future, it would be fun to see others in clay.
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manojalpa Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
Oh I *adore* this. This looks so stunning. The subtle iridescence on him = beautiful!
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MarcherPiedsNus Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Student General Artist
that's so awesome!
you couldn't do a walkthrough/tutorialon how to model things, could you?
*makes le googly eyes*
pweeeease?
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HallelujahNightOwl Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Those are some amazing details! Much better than what I could of done. lol
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HallelujahNightOwl Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
*could have
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Swashbookler Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Student General Artist
The only thing I can think of that you could do is if you applied a lot of layers of a transparent glaze (you could probably use epoxy resin) then once it's decently thick apply a semi transparent color layer. But the base layer would need to look like innards probably to get the full effect.
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MharkNeilCudal Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Fantastic art Altalamatox!! I am trully impressed with the brilliant details!! Amazing! You deserve a Llama!
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