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Rhinoceros Beetle by Malicious-Monkey Rhinoceros Beetle by Malicious-Monkey
My latest, and probably my best. Basically, I took the beetle's name and ran with it, and this is what came out of it. I was going for more of a seamless hybrid creature than a cut-and-paste chimera, and I hope I managed that. Anyway, this was really fun to make, I got to try out lots of cool textures and forms.

EDIT: Thanks to everyone who commented. I wasn't expecting it to get this much attention, and I'm quite flattered!

It's painted! See here:
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EDIT2: A lot of people are asking what it's made of. It's super sculpey, a bakeable, flesh-colored polymer clay.
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:iconforsakenraptor:
ForsakenRaptor Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
how long did you bake it for since its so thick and big by the way looks amazing love the idea
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Malicious-Monkey Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I usually leave big ones like this in the oven for one to two hours. Mind you, this is at a low temperature like 170-200 degrees F, don't listen to what the box says. It's really impossible to tell if it's finished before it cools, but if it starts to turn a light golden brown in places, that's the perfect time to take it out.
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ForsakenRaptor Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks! the colors are perfect do you mix brands or keep it one brand ?
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Malicious-Monkey Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just used whatever I could find in my dad's studio. So yes, I mix brands like crazy.

The metallic sheen comes from a mixture of non-wax floor finish and metallic powders. I layered this mixture between layers of matte paints, careful not to overdo the shininess. A little drybrushing does wonders to tone it down.
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saboombastic Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
sweet!!
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:iconnecrovince:
necrovince Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Man this is ultimatly awsome...
Congratulations!
Salute!
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Dafun-art Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wow, just wow :o
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justpuzgle Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Professional Artist
Great idea)))
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carrancho Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
EXCELENTE, DE LO MAS LINDO QUE HE VISTO!!!! FELICITACIONES
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:iconcorazondedios:
CorazondeDios Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
this is so adorable!!!
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Soli-Ari Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011
Adorable, and epic combo : P
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AlejandroSandoval Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Great work.
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peches-et-poires Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010
Did you make it hallow inside?
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Malicious-Monkey Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The shell is bulked out with wire and tin foil, but otherwise it's solid.
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Heatherbeast Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
Ah ha, here's the info! :)
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DarkDyami Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
What is this cute little fella made out of?
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Elleiancole Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2010
How long did it take you to make? Did you bake or boil the sculpey after to harden it?
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Malicious-Monkey Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It took a couple weeks. I baked it in parts - when the head and body were finished I slow-baked it enough to harden it so it wasn't brittle or smushable, that way I could work on the legs without ruining the rest. It makes it much easier to bake it in parts, but you have to be careful not to bake it too much or too little or it will be brittle, or the first parts might burn in the final bake.
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DontNeedAUsername Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
this sculpture is SO AMAZING i cant look away, if i could have a 1900 x 1200 picture it would be my background.

ps have you ever thought about making it a 3d model on the computer to maybe animate?
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Malicious-Monkey Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Never tried 3d modeling, partly because I don't have anywhere near the right kind of software and processing power for it. Maybe some time in the future I'll try it out.

The biggest picture I have is quite a bit smaller than that, 1299x805, sorry! I wish I'd left at least one of them huge, but I resized them all to make them easier to work with.
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fenrislorsrai Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
the detail around the lips and jaw is excellent.
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:iconjackoman:
Jackoman Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
You made me want something so adorably fugly it cannot exist. :< Jerk.
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Lady-Owl Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010   Digital Artist
When I clicked on the preview, I wasn't expecting it to be quite literally a "Rhinoceros" Beetle. Then I am delightfully surprised with that cute little face and unique idea! I love rhinos so this made my day and your sculpting ability is amazing.
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neokamatari Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010   General Artist
When you have talent and a creative idea you get a lot of comments... very interesting fusion.
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gryphonsshadow Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
great concept and execution. I love the legs.
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AlexandrosIII Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
simply amazing.
Great mix of these two creatures.
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Vertaki Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I like this alot :)
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:iconazefish:
AzeFish Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
What amazing work!...
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kezeff Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
simply amazing. the mixture of these two creatures is seamless and all the little details like folds and creases is just outstanding! great job!
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Malicious-Monkey Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! I'm glad it turned out how I'd intended.
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dankatcher Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2010
Did i mention that I love this piece!
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BlackHoleInAJar Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010  Professional General Artist
I don't know what to say about this! It's just so bizarre and imaginative and not to mention REALLY well done.
Love it!
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AOZcouture Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010  Professional General Artist
it's a pretty big size... how kewl!
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valhadar Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
great! what are the eyes made of?
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:iconmalicious-monkey:
Malicious-Monkey Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sculpey - the same as the rest. I just cooked them separately and let them burn to black.
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:iconvalhadar:
valhadar Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
cool!
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:iconbrittam:
BrittaM Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010
This is delightfully bizarre!
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skitzofox Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010
that. is. Brilliant.
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VARAKIENEN Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010
oh, hey, This is Fantastic!
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Elvynne Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Very impressive!! I like your attention to detail ^^
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RavensScar Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
That's fantastic! I really love the idea, and the attention to detail is amazing. :D
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Malicious-Monkey Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! The detail is the fun part.
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growerman Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
nice!
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