Scotty's Clays

ScottyScotty Registered User regular
edited December 2011 in Artist's Corner
Haven't been around in quite some time, life's been kicking my butt, but I'm back with some work I've done the past year. Thanks for looking! :)

Here's the 'Bowser' I sculpted for a PA Secret Santee a couple years back, and also an old work in progress of 'Link'...might help refresh minds of who I am.



A few randoms...




Dragon I've been working on for a fairly elaborate piece...(my own design...I'm going for a jackson chameleon type design, mixed with a moral eel)


Been sculpting busts of people's pets in polymer clay and painting them up in a faux bronze...








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    Arden CaneloArden Canelo Registered User regular
    I can never get over how difficult it looks to me to do 3D art. I mean, you do these things...with your hands and, wow. The bronzing paint stuff looks really amazing too. If you're not a pro at this and do it for a living I'd be surprised.

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    Angel_of_BaconAngel_of_Bacon Moderator Mod Emeritus

    This seems like the kind of thing you should submit to Spectrum, if you haven't already (have you already?). :^:

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    NibCromNibCrom Registered User regular
    This is really impressive stuff.

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    tapeslingertapeslinger Space Unicorn Slush Ranger Social Justice Rebel ScumRegistered User regular
    Awesome work!

    do you work only in polymer clay or do you also use waxes? The one next to the soda can looks like Castilene or Willow waxes.

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    SiegfriedSiegfried Registered User regular
    Wowee zowee is pretty much all I can say. I was sold on the Bowser statue right from the start.

    Great stuff.

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    ScottyScotty Registered User regular
    edited December 2011
    Hey thanks all!

    I appreciate the feedback. I'm doing pet busts like the ones above, but I wouldn't say I'm professional yet. It's surprisingly hard to do this for a living and am still kind of struggling with how to make decent cash doing this.
    AoB- I have not, but have submitted a piece before, didn't get in, but am thinking the latest piece I'm doing might have a shot. (the dragon)
    TS- Good eye, I use Super Sculpey Grey mostly, but that piece next to the can is done in castilene. :)

    Here's work in progress photos of the dragon piece so far. (personal work)







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    MagicToasterMagicToaster JapanRegistered User regular
    How long does it take to make one of these?

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    NightDragonNightDragon 6th Grade Username Registered User regular
    Daaaang yo, these are great. Love the dogs 'n' cats

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    ScottyScotty Registered User regular
    Thank you kindly MT and ND! :)

    Takes roughly 11-12 hours for pet busts.
    The other stuff (fantasy) is harder to gauge because it's done from my head, and existing character pieces (Hulk/Link/Bowser) can be much more difficult once I get going. (never know what issues can arise in the process)

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    KochikensKochikens Registered User regular
    I absolutely love the design of the chameleon/eel dragon, it is amazing!! Such a brilliant concept, so well executed.

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    TamTam Registered User regular
    the chameeleodrake is my favorite as well
    bloody good design sir

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    earthwormadamearthwormadam ancient crust Registered User regular
    really amazing stuff

    Those bronze animals are fucking cool as hell. How much do you charge for them out of curiousity?

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    NappuccinoNappuccino Surveyor of Things and Stuff Registered User regular
    I hate to say it but since no one else has pointed it out, the cats seem a bit... smooshed. They just don't seem like the right structure is going on in their faces. They get very close to looking like cats but something about them is just "off." For instance, the first cat looked like a pug at first glance.

    I'd suggest breaking down the structure of a cats head once or twice and then trying to do another bust of one.

    Other than that, everything else is awesome!

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    ScottyScotty Registered User regular
    Thanks SO much everyone, I appreciate the feedback more than you know! :)

    Earthwormadam- I PM'd ya.

    Nap- Thanks man, I'll watch for that on the next one. ;)

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    CrabomancerCrabomancer Registered User regular
    That dragon is fantastic. I dare say it borders on being an improper fraction (imaginary numbers joke would be better) because of how well captures both the features of the eel and iguana. And the WIP photos actually made me smile as I watched the kid develop and the expression form.

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    wakkawawakkawa Registered User regular
    That dragon is super adorable.

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    Forbe!Forbe! Registered User regular
    It may just be the lighting in the photos, but your faux painted bronze looks super gold. Are you sealing these with any type of clear coat afterwards? Are you dry brushing a bronze paint on top of a black base coat? This will help darken it up a bit and make the gold appear a little more brown. Add a nice satin top coat and some paste wax on top of that, and you'll have a good faux bronze look.

    Also, there are some special acrylic paints with pulverized bronze and copper in them. After drying, you're able to patina them. It's pretty neat stuff that you may want to look into if you're interested in creating a more aged look.

    Your stuff looks great though, keep up the good work.

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    McJohnstableMcJohnstable Registered User regular
    I love your sculptures. Particularly your simplified ones (bowser etc), and how smooth you've made them.
    Do you often paint them up afterwards or make duplicate moulds?
    Also, my girlfriend likes sculpting too, but only got into it pretty recently... Her blog is here (NSFW: nudity sculpts)


    I showed her yours, she's definitely a fan. :)

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    ScottyScotty Registered User regular
    edited January 2012
    Many thanks guys and gals! It's great to have people who understand art and know what they like respond. :)

    Wakkawa- I've been in your thread, your work humbles me...incredible stuff!

    Forbe!- I do seal them with a satin sculpey glaze, after I paint them up with a black first and then sort of dry brush the antique gold. The sculpts are definitely darker in person, but I would like to get a better bronze effect for sure. Thanks for the info, I'll see what I can find. edit- Saw your Squid sculpt you did, in METAL. :)

    McJohnstable- Thanks man! I love your marker work, friggin' terrific on all accounts. Great designs! Would love to maybe tackle one of them sculpture-wise myself sometime...with your permission of course. I wish I were better at colours, would love to paint up each of my pieces nicely, but I'm kinda colourblind, so yeah. I do not make my own moulds, usually my pieces are OOAK's (one of a kinds) but I did do a model kit a while back that sold well, but I pretty-much broke even after the costs of doing it came through. I dig your girlfriends pieces, really like the people sculpts, especially the one with the bear skin...she's off to a great start! :^:

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    tapeslingertapeslinger Space Unicorn Slush Ranger Social Justice Rebel ScumRegistered User regular
    For metal effect stuff we sell Metal Coat products at the shop where I work*-- the paint contains real bronze, copper, etc, and will react with cold patina solutions.

    (*disclaimer yada yada, I am a technician for a retail art materials company)

    Like everyone else I am a huge fan of that dragon!

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    McJohnstableMcJohnstable Registered User regular
    Heya Scotty, post more!!

    I actually wanted to ask for some help too. Your Bowser sculpt is so smooth, how did you achieve the smoothness? I'm aware that it'd mostly take a lot of time and careful careful sculpting, but can you offer any advice or tips to help the process?

    Thanks heaps man, keen to see more of your awesome shape-pushin'.

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    ScottyScotty Registered User regular
    Thanks TS, I'll see about finding these products. Until then, I'll have to keep doing the acrylic paints I guess.

    McJ- Thanks man, what I use is a small clean paintbrush and vaseline. You brush a very thin layer of the vaseline on the clay and smooth it out, some use rubbing alcohol too. (I find the RA changes the make-up of the clay by drying it out if not careful, so I use the vaseline because I'm used to it and it stays soft...too much is a bad thing too though. Like anything.)

    More will come...just been doing some painting lately for a change, learning as I go. :P

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