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Liddle Parrot by Altalamatox Liddle Parrot by Altalamatox
For her birthday mah sister requested a sculpture of that parrot I painted a while back.

This has been the most intensive clay thing I've done yet, but really fun. He's got a skeleton of steel wire and tinfoil welded together with super glue, I sanded the heck out of him to clean up lumps in the clay and used paint sparingly on him to avoid the acrylic getting too plasticy. I cooked him twice so I could add his feathers without worrying about squishing him while working. A good move. Will start doing more clay things in stages.

Also, his eyes glow in the dark. It's terrifying. C:

ALSO, I am at my parent's place for the week so I have been and am going to be pretty dead online. So you know!
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6133 Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Great role.
mad-genious Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Aaaaaw kawii
Kerpow Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Student General Artist
That is incredible! Really amazing job and clever idea to cook him twice! I shall think of this the next time i make something out of clay.
Susiron Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohhh, I really like how you posed the feet on this. : O
Is he top heavy at all, or does he balance out well?
Altalamatox Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
Thank you! I kind of feel like he looks like he's stabbing himself in the gut, but it couldn't be helped. XD He's actually impaled on the stick because he is in fact not balanced at all. His head's mostly tinfoil but it's still too heavy to be balanced. I should have tried putting a stone in his body or something, maybe that would've done the trick.
Susiron Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's still a very creative way to have him standing, regardless.
Well, I'm sure that knowledge will work well for your future clay sculptures. I hope to see more of these from you; they're already excellent, and I'm sure they'll just continue to get better the more you work with the medium. : D
Nenu Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautifull! for me the sculpure looks a bit funnier that the painting, or more panic XD
Nashida Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Never heard of the baking in stages thing, how long did you bake him for each time, and how long did you wait in between times? It looks like it did wonders here.

And have fun at the 'rents! We'll miss you here and will wait (as patiently as I can) until you come back.
Altalamatox Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
I've baked things in pieces a few times, it comes in really handy for horns and other things that are easier to gouge into an unbaked figure than sculpt out of it. I baked this guy's tail separately as well so I could add it to him later and not have to work around it.

I don't bake clay for nearly as long as I think I'm supposed to. It's like fifteen minutes for a quarter inch? I think I did this guy fifteen minutes the first bake and maybe just ten the second time, because the unbaked additions were just the thin feather bits.

Aw, thank you! :)
TaesoSpiritDragon Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very cool, how long did you cook him in the different stages? I've seen people use that technique but never was quite sure how long to do it without burning the clay itself o_O
Altalamatox Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012

I think I baked him fifteen minutes the first time and more like ten the second time, because all I was baking on were the thin feather details. Urgh, burned clay is nasty, yes. I tend to bake things much more briefly than recommended and they turn out solid enough and fine. Since I knew I was going to cook this guy twice I just heated him long enough the first time to solidify him enough to handle without squishing him.

I'd just say, stay on the side of cooking less. You can always pop something back into the oven if it's not quite done!
TaesoSpiritDragon Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Huh, interesting because I knew Sculpey cooks 15 min per millimeter at 275, just wasn't sure about recooking it like that - I know what it's like to overcook something XP

Thanks for the advice though! I'll keep that in mind next time.
Illusioninme Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
wow...just wow...
plumita1 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
Great job! Compliments! :clap: :clap: :clap:
bunnybiscuit Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh hes just adorable!! Great work and i love the addition of glowing eyes! *^_^*
lxblack Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
now make a sculpture of the lion (forget his name at the moment) who you have all over you DA account.
artsytarts Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Student General Artist
There is nothing you can't do, is there? :D
Love that parrot and really cool idea with the glowy eyes!
Furrama Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012   Digital Artist
Get up. Move from one side of your screen to another.

It... follows you.
Absolute-Sero Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
That's so very cute! :heart:
The glow-in-the-dark eyes must be a nice touch even if creepy ;] <3333
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