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Making Magmax

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Published: October 3, 2013
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Thought it's be kinda neat to show you guys how Magmax was built! I meant to take more progression photos but kinda forgot to along the way. I was pretty absorbed in this guy. But you can see the building process a bit at least. He took a LOT of planning. I had to make sure he didn't start out too bulky, or his plating would turn him fat by the end! His armature is probably the strongest I've ever made. Making standing dragons without a base definitely is a lot more work. Gotta get them all balanced, and keep them standing solidly after baking. No one wants a wobbly dragon!

The entire body started out yellow actually, and then I made long thin skinner blends from red to yellow and blended the yellow edge into the existing color. Skinner blends are kind of a pain in the butt, and take a lot of practice to get right, but I think I'm getting the hang of them. I actually messed up several times trying to get these just right, but once I finally did it, it was worth the frustration. :XD:

The plating took hoooours. I think I was plating dragons in my dreams for a solid week while I was making him. The lava rock texture was achieved using an old toothbrush, and then going back and making tiny divets in varying sizes and depths with a couple small ball tools. Very painstaking, but the effect is awesome! I actually experimented with salt at first, as I'd read it could be used to make lava rock beads. It worked pretty well, but was super messy, difficult to place on such small plates, and hard to dissolve afterwards, so I decided making my own divets by hand was better.

It got a bit hard to keep track after while, but I estimate he took around 40+ hours to complete. O_o

Magmax is currently up for auction on Ebay for anyone interested. The auction ends Sunday evening (Oct. 6th)
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moosaymoosayHobbyist Interface Designer
How did you do the colors for his body under the black scales (im calling them that becase idk what they are sorry!), im asking becase it looks realy cool! you don't have to answer if you don't want to but if you could that would be awesome! any way have a night day/night! <3
TheKittensPencil's avatar
I haven't done any sculptures, but I'm planning to start working on some, but I don't know what clay is the best to use...
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SatchithecatHobbyist General Artist
A beautiful beastie, I say.
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xandraclayHobbyist Artisan Crafter
I think all the stages are beautiful! The first two make me think more of a girl magma dragon. The color transitions are gorgeous!
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DrakuneShadarHobbyist Traditional Artist
That's actually pretty damn cool O.O He reminds me of a mini Deathwing, just without the death and fire and wings x3
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I see a Twilight in the first pic!!!
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LaGustieGalHobbyist Digital Artist
How do you get the shape for the dragons body?  It's so cool!
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DashTheFlyingDogHobbyist General Artist
how did you blend the clay that way?
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DragonsAndBeastiesProfessional Artisan Crafter
it's called a skinner blend :D
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xDragonSoulsxHobbyist General Artist
Where can you find it?
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DragonsAndBeastiesProfessional Artisan Crafter
youtube :)
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xDragonSoulsxHobbyist General Artist
Thx ^.^
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DashTheFlyingDogHobbyist General Artist
Well it looks amazing!
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ElfIthilwenHobbyist General Artist
That's so amazing and cool looking!!! Love it!!
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dragonlover219Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
will you excuse me for saying this is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Scan it in 3D and 3D print more! You can get the full price for the design... It is beautiful!!!
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JillieJellieHobbyist General Artist
I love when artists, such as yourself, show steps to the final project. I helps everyone who is trying to learn and keep them from flopping on their faces when they attempt something so advanced. This is perfect because it gives us a general idea of how the whole thing came to be, but you didn't show EVERY step so that leaves our imagination open still to trying new techniques!
Again, thank you.
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GhostRiderWolfHobbyist General Artist
He is SO adorable ;w; 
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that is so awesome!
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GragazaStudent Filmographer
do you make these out of sculpy?
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HolliesHobbiesHobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is AMAZING! And thank you for showing the process, very interesting!
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RalleyZeroHobbyist Artisan Crafter
Even just the first stage is beautiful! Wow.
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