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The First Dragon by DragonsAndBeasties The First Dragon by DragonsAndBeasties
Well. I was bad and took the day off from orders to have some fun clay time of my own. I've been wanting to remake my first dragon for a while now.

So many people get discouraged and tell me they will never be good sculptors, or they seem to think I have some secret technique that will make them amazing sculptors overnight. I don't. I started the same way anyone would. I got a horribly NEON set of sculpey clay and went at it! I learned something new with every dragon I made, and I took pride in them. They made me and other people happy. I loved to give them away and realized how much joy it gave me to see someone walk off with one of my dragons, with a big grin on their face. What started out as a hobby for so many years, has now become my life. It takes time to perfect artistic skills. No one wants to hear that, but it's true. So enjoy the exploration! The experimentation! And the inevitable epic failures! It's all part of the learning process. We all have to start somewhere, and you can only go up from there :)

Now, I gotta tell ya, when I got this gnarly old dragon out of his box today (I keep him there cuz he is a bit fragile), I had completely forgotten just how bad he was. He's just...bad. He's dirty and little pieces have fallen off. He's got nicks and scratches and bumps. He's completely burnt on the bottom, and the wings are only curled down because they wilted in the oven (I had no idea what I was doing). But I remember at the time I made him, I thought he was the coolest thing ever! He was my most prized sculpture, and the only one I've kept of the many many dragons I've made. He will stay with me forever, to remind me of how far I've come. Even with all his flaws, what he stands for makes him beautiful. He is the first dragon!!! :love:

QUESTIONS? Please visit my FAQ page [link] before asking questions about techniques and materials. Just about every question I get is covered there. Iím not trying to be rude, I just get tired of answering the same questions over and over ^^;
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Emera1dDrag0n Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2018  Hobbyist
wow you improved so much! I hope one day I will improve that much.
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L-inda Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017
I just found your site and read your FAQ page. I really want to thank you so much for that page.  My granddaughter just turned 13 and she loves to work with clay.  I can't wait to show this to her later today❤❤❤
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WebsterWorks Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's so great to see how people can improve through practice. One day I hope I can make one of these! I don't think I've been sculpting for long enough... Only one year and I don't think you'd be able to see improvement like this. I hope you are proud of yourself - you deserve it! And it's so important to take pride in them every step of the way. You can look at the first thing you did and say 'wow, that's terrible' but at the time I'm sure it was so cool to you! And that's how it should be!
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Schweber-Arial Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
On this picture, i can really see your progress!!! NICE!!!!! :) 
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Homestuck-4-Lyfe Featured By Owner May 19, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
sweet the second one is much better
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Nightstarn Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2016  Professional Artisan Crafter
He is really cute!  Reminds me of one of my first models. :) After 6 years, I'm nowhere near where I wanna be - but I'm happy with where I am now.  I like to try new, scary ideas - which helps me a lot as well.  Tackling my first dapple grey on commission! <3
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Vet-In-Training Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I absolutely love that you've taken a picture to show how much you've imporved. 
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eeveepaint Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2016  Student Digital Artist
im barely stating to get used to useing clay and am amazed and all of your amazing dragons no matter how old
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CarollsTreasures Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
So inspiring!! I'm just starting out with clay and I can really relate! It's the joy of creating these treasures and passing it on to others! I have SO much to learn, but it's so much fun! I just shared a photo of my first doll on my page. I hope to "sculpt" it again one day and see how far I've come! Thanks for sharing!! I love your little dragons!!   Love 
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hamster12356 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2016  Student General Artist
i wish i was like you >,<
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Bergzilla Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for posting this! :) Your dragons are so beautiful, I am in awe of you as a sculptor! I got my own clay and I have started making little figurines. I can understand why Dragons are your choice, its because they are so magical and there is no rules when you create them, your imagination is what guides you. I'watched your hour long tutorial on Youtube and loved that I got to see how you create such beautiful pieces. I made my first dragon, hes not finished yet waiting for my glaze to come but thank you for opening up this new world of creation for me! keep them coming <3
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Warriorcat101fan Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
That's cool :showing how much you have improved!
I like it
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ScalyButSweet Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
this make me feel better! like everyone, even the most talented people (like you) start some where and if you keep going you'll get there! Also that's a pretty good first dragon 😊
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ItsaBumbleDee Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for posting this; very inspiring. 
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MinoriUtsuro Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2015
Thank you for this, it means a lot because I'm a bit of a perfectionist and low self esteem, so I give up before I even try especially every time I come across someone extremely talented (you for example) but this boosted (i'm not sure what) me so thank you! :D
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SamuraiReflection Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015
both of them are very cool :) I love that you have passion for what you do :) keep at it :D!
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Independencepioneer Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I think your older dragon is awesome. The pictures look like an old grandfather dragon laying with his youthful grandson.
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YSL-ArtNinja Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
That means so much to me!
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JoBeeOne Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2015  Professional Artist
Great exercise. I keep early drawings to compare too. Also great advice - it's heartwarming knowing that with practice I will improve.
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schlusky Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2015
it is amazing how much improvement there is over such a relatively short period of time
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Nemvri Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2015
amazing!
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Lelomni Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Would love to see another one of these now in 2015, to show your improvement again :)
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sharra-chan Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this helps so much in keeping me motivated, thanks!
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crysta789 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You've improved quite a lot. How do you keep them so smooth without getting prints on them?
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Vincent-Wullf Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow ur improvement in skill has come a long way! I don't think I could ever pull off even the first one!
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thedragongirl66 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
me too
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BeppasCreations Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Whoa. Do one with 2015 now. It's be so cute with the new eyes you make.
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SilverBlade140 Featured By Owner May 30, 2015  Student General Artist
That is a big difference. I really like the 2012 redos
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Umbreduck Featured By Owner May 23, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow.such a difference.
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CalicoGriffin Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015   Artisan Crafter
Love to see your progress! Heart  This is just wow... Second one is sooo perfect :) Really nice visualization of hard-work effects!
Still you 1st dragon is better than my very first sculpting experience here (at least I managed to bake it right..):
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mistneko Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015
I really like this. We're doing ceramics in art class at school and I'm trying to make a real cute dragon. It's coming along well too! I'm not too good and the clay makes my hands feel strange but I like it. And your old dragon has character. He's not bad or anything he just has amazing character and a grandfather dragon look to him X3
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RadioactiveGaming Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It really shows how long it takes to get as good as you are, and how it really pays off in the end.
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BlueDuckee Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015
Its amazing to see the progress there. I still have my first attempt at drawing anime characters tucked away that I've affectionately called peanut head. For obvious reason if ever showed anyone. Seeing your work makes me want to buy some more sculpy and craft some more.
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ArtisticAdventures Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Professional General Artist
I love your inspiring story of this little dragon! I love what he stands for too! :D You're a very talented sculptor, thank you for your sage advice!
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Fan0Fox Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The new one is beautiful but the old one is still adorable and super charming, even with all his 'flaws'. I love your encouragement, you've come so far with practice :D
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IlluminatiOrange Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lolz
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shoinoh Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
AMAZING
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crazynoggin Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Wow. Giant difference.
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anyssa4444 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
wow big difference. Great work on both!
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UnicornCat Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing improvement!
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Naomi-Rei-Chan Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It looks so much smoother! The first is always the most interesting, but persevering and watching yourself improve is so rewarding! You're old dragon is still pretty good, too :DDragon emote 
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FloraLaurel Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
600th comment! Keep up the evolution of improvement!
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FatFopInFlipFlops Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very impressive! It's so flawless in the new version!
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white-tigress-12158 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014
The new one is so refined! Great job on how far you've come!
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Plushiesaur Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Student General Artist
This is so great and so inspiring! Both the photo comparision itself and everything You wrote below as well! It's very motivating to see such a thing! : D
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christiechritter Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014
Things like this make me only want to try my hand at it.  I have had the idea and the urge, but never have attempted sculpting before.  This is awesome.
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Art-in-motion-1 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Student General Artist
Even for a first sculpture the 2006 dragon is quite good. Just through comparison of the two you can see little fixes that bring the 2012 one to life: tilting the head ever so slightly. It's obvious that you have progressed and all of your work has helped in the growth. That's why I like looking at old pieces. At first there is the initial shutter of how bad you think it is; later you start to think more about how far you have come since then and what you have learned. Redoing old work is a great way to put your new knowledge to the test.
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Gordon-Weedman Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014
It's funny cuz your old sculpture actually looks like an old dragon :D
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WeaselsOnEasels Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Professional
You should do this again. I think you have progressed since then as well!
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CadaverCrafts Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That´s really inspirational, i hope i´ll be able to make this process too at some point c: Thank you for sharing
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