Stepping Beyond

I’ve done some art lately. I’m not going to post all of it, because some of the digital pieces have special high resolutions. probably the easiest thing to do is link you to my dA gallery. There you can browse my things at your leisure.

But the thing I want to share most is my Cyborg Dragon. It is the largest polymer clay thing I have created, and the most complex. Yes, the Zirra figure was detailed. Yes, the badger was the most detailed/lifelike sculpture yet. But this uses elements aside from clay to create a statuette of mixed media. Actually, I believe that this dragon is the best yet. I may do following dragons in this style.

Clay things aside, my coolest digital painting, entitled “Magnetic Eruption,” is also in my gallery. It’s different from my usual subjects.

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How to Make Something Awesome in 10 Easy Steps

Step 1: Buy an “Avengers: Fan with Candy“. Be sure to get the Thor one.

Step 2: Buy a Majestic Fish-Tailed Stallion. These come in packages of cheapo farm animals for about a dollar.

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Step 3: Remove the Thor torso from the fan.

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Step 4: Heat a paring knife over the stove. Hack off the horse’s head.

DSC03293 Don’t worry. The head was demented anyway. (See?)

Step 5: Glue the Thor torso onto the horse body.

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Step 6: Get some scrap polymer clay of any color. Form some simple plate mail pieces and mold them to the horse’s body. Be very careful not to mash them. Bake at 275˚ F for 10 minutes.

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Step 7: Before the clay pieces cool and are still quite flexible, hot glue them to the horse. (Sorry, no pictures for a bit.)

Step 8: Get some craft paint. First paint the horse body to match Thor’s luscious hair (palomino). Be sure to repaint the tail to match.

Step 9: Paint the armor pieces gray and add designs so they more-or-less match the Thor torso’s armor.

Step 10: Enjoy your Thor-i-taur.

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Urstinatta Badger

There’s a book. It’s The Fiddle of Fire: Book 1. My friend wrote it, before he was my friend. ANYHOO. I’ve semi-recently joined a martial arts class taught by said author. As thanks for allowing me into the class and also as a Merry Christmas thing, I made one of his characters out of clay. The character is Urstinatta Badger. And just because I want to, I will explain the whole process of creating this figure.

First I made a tinfoil badger. I then covered it in white clay, added claws of gray clay, and eyes and nose of black. Using a pintool, I drew in small details like toes, nostrils, and whiskers. Then I formed small ears out of semicircles. Finally I attacked the whole thing with a wire brush for a fur effect. I took a thin, straight stick that had broken off a basket years ago and formed his left paw around it for a staff. I also decided he needed an apple – just because Urstinatta loves apples – so I covered a bead in a mix of two shades of red clay, added a little yellow around the top, and stuck on the stem.

While he baked in my oven, I found some gold paint and gold glitter glue and decorated the staff. After he finished baking, and while the staff was drying, I painted Urstinatta with craft paint, using a mixture of white, black, and brown only. I learned to mix paints quite well, and added some of my pearlescent stuff to the light gray to make his back sparkle. 🙂 Then I glued the staff into his paw.

I then found some scraps of red fabric and used part of this pattern to create a small cloak. After forcing it over his head and determining how it would fall over his shoulders, I glued some folds into it. Turned out better than I hoped.

DSC03244 Front view without cloak.

DSC03245 Back view without cloak.

DSC03248 With cloak.

DSC03249 More with cloak.

DSC03251 Detail of head.

DSC03260 Detail of apple. Remember this is purely clay, not paint. I only painted it with clear nail polish.

DSC03252 More cloak.

DSC03254 And more.

DSC03255 Still more.

DSC03258 Back view of cloak.

Yep. Urstinatta Badger. P.S. Go buy the book and read it so you know who Urstinatta is.

Progression Comparisons

I would like to show you how I’ve progressed in my clay-dragoning. The Zirra sculpture has recently gone to live with Seeraphine, so I took some pictures of her with the old gang before she went.

DSC03189 Isn’t she huge? You may not recognize some of these, for I never posted Frost, Tallic, Patrick, Arthur, or Gwen. Bonus points if you can guess which ones those are 🙂 I no longer make dragons in this style, though.

DSC03188 Here she is with the nativity. The nativity dragons are about the size I make dragons now, smaller than the originals and of slightly different style.

UPDATE: I am tired of flickr only letting me post the little tiny thumbnails. Here are the links to the full-size pictures.

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Originals

Opinions

I need the opinions of my reader(s). (I don’t actually know how many of you guys are out there.) Even if you’re not a regular reader and happened to stumble across my blog today, I still encourage you to respond to this. Here is my problem:

About ten months ago I joined a website called deviantArt. Many of you may be familiar with it. A person I’m watching on dA is having a contest to draw their dragon, Zirra, fighting another random character. I picked Carkos. You remember him.

My drawing didn’t turn out so hot. So I made the battle with clay. Deadline for the contest is May 1st.

Now my question is: Should I enter the pic now, or wait until just before the deadline so no one else can steal my idea to make models? While you think about it, here are some WIP pics.

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Zirra armature.

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Helpful clone holding up the Zirra-in-progress.

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Carkos-in-progress.

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More in-progress.

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The pic I’ll probably use, baked and shiny. Zirra left, Carkos right. These guys are BEHEMOTHS compared to my old dragons. They’re like three or four inches tall. Huge.

So what do you think? Enter now, or wait until May? AND NOBODY WHO IS ENTERING THE CONTEST WHO HAPPENS TO READ THIS DO NOT STEAL THIS IDEA ©©©©©©©©©©©©©©©mine.

©Zirra belongs to Seeraphine, NOT me. Do not steal. Seriously. I will hunt you down and pelt you with moldy cheese.

I would like it known that Carkos belongs to me. Don’t steal him either. Moldy cheese applies here also.

Dragon Nativity

Seasons Greetings from Lurri Pidragon!! I’d say “Merry Christmas,” but that’s over, and “Happy New Apocalypse Year” is a little early. What? You didn’t know the world is going to end in 2012? Anyhoo, last year I was struck with an Inspiration. So I put my claying skills to the task of fulfilling that Inspiration. And the turnout is a Dragon Nativity Scene. I’m not kidding. Here, I have pictures:

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Dang. I wanted to put up the big ones, but stupid flickr won’t let me. That website baffles me sometimes. So, yes! This is the dragon nativity! I meant to make an angel addition this year, but ran out of time. But I have a vision of a white dragon with huge, feathery wings!

Shepherds

Here are the shepherd dragons. Since they are dragons, the sheep have to be small.

Wise Men

The wise men dragons, or the three kings. I made them Eastern dragons because the songs sings about “Three Kings of Orient” and they always come from the east. I’ve never made oriental dragons before; these were kind of fun.

Mary and Joseph

And finally, the Mary and Joseph dragons. And the baby Jesus egg. It has a halo. And Mary and Joseph are wyverns because 1) I felt lazy and didn’t want to make any more legs, and 2) I wanted all the dragons to be different.

So that is my dragon nativity scene! And I made it out of clay! In fact, I believe this is the only dragon nativity in existence. Consider yourselves lucky that I allowed you to see it!