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Drakeling Fossil Sculpture

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Here's another piece I've been meaning to upload for a while. It was an experiment, and took quite a while to create, but it turned heads everywhere we took it!

I sculpted each of the tiny dragon's 148 bones separately out of polymer clay, and once they were baked, reassembled them in the configuration I wanted using more polymer clay to hold them together. The "stone" is DAS air-drying clay, the terra cotta variety. It's the first time I had worked with it, and good grief, it's messy! I molded it around the skeleton, pressing it in to give the impression of the wing membranes. The whole thing was finished off with a wash of acrylic paint to give the stone more depth and texture. The final sculpture was 8" x 10", to fit inside of the frame.

This sculpture has been sold.

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KiltedPhotographyProfessional Photographer
Wow...honestly the most fantastic thing I've seen in a good long while. Beautiful, well thought out, very well executed.
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Sarahharas07Hobbyist General Artist
Very creative, love it :heart:
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NightlyreProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Sarahharas07Hobbyist General Artist
Most welcome :iconcheerplz:
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EviecatsProfessional Artisan Crafter
Simply stunning! I've always been enchanted with archeoptrix casts a bit like this, what a brilliant idea!
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NightlyreProfessional Digital Artist
Aw, thanks! I'm the same way, the fossils embedded in stone like this, that were able to capture far more detail about a creature than merely its skeleton, are fascinating. :D
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TijonWolfsMajestysProfessional Traditional Artist
Very cool :)
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NightlyreProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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TijonWolfsMajestysProfessional Traditional Artist
Welcome :)
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NightlyreProfessional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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IoNektaHobbyist Digital Artist
This must have been tedious work to complete, but it was a really good idea and you should definitely try to do more!
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NightlyreProfessional Digital Artist
Sculpting all the little bones was surprisingly theraputic. I've got a couple more frames; definitely need to do another one of these!
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IoNektaHobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely! It looks so outstandingly real!
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This is absolutely incredible. Anyone who saw it would be certain it was real!
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NightlyreProfessional Digital Artist
Had a few kids ask if it was real. I just smiled at them and asked if they thought it was. :D
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That's excellent! :-D It certainly looks real to me! That's always my reply to my kids when they ask me about magic, dragons, wizards, or any other "mystical" type thing.
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... awesome
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NightlyreProfessional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Aquilla-Whingate General Artist
So this was a sculpture you made with two types of clay, interesting how they molded so well together. I like the fact it really does look like an artifact fossil piece in stone, I think the color wash did help in this effect. Now I would had thought you would have just pressed those bones into the sedimentary stone clay, so as to build it to the frame, not the 8 by 10 frame to it. I do have to wonder, what is the thickness of this creation to the picture frame you have it in, still very nice work all the same. :) :thumbsup:
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NightlyreProfessional Digital Artist
If you're interested, you can see how the fossil looked before I added the air-dry clay ([link]). It was much easier to build it this way than trying to press the bones into the red clay. The sculpture is thicker in the middle, probably closer to 1/2" thick, but near the edges it's down to about 1/4" to fit to the frame better.
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Iron-EdHobbyist General Artist
This is one of my all-time favorites of your sculptures!
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NightlyreProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you! I think I need to make another one... or at least one more. I was happy this one sold, but at the same time... I kinda wanted to keep it all to myself. :D I'm a complete paleontology geek.
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KezhoundProfessional Digital Artist
Love it!
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