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Compsognathus sculp - COMPLETE by bronze-dragonrider Compsognathus sculp - COMPLETE by bronze-dragonrider
VOILA!!! Sorry, I'm a week late in finishing this. I was sure I would get it done last weekend, but there wasn't enough time and I had to wait until this weekend to get enough free time again to get back to it. But it is now complete!

Not much else to say other than that I am immensely pleased that I actually completed a large(ish) sculpture for once :dance: Now I have to try a Velociraptor :p If anyone wants to see individual photos in more detail, I'll submit them upon request.

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*edit* OH MY FREAKING GOD MY FIRST DD!!! :omfg: I was wondering why there was a sudden surge of comments! Wow, holy crap. Thank you so much for featuring me, thanks for the comments and thanks most of all to WeWoka for suggesting me :glomp: I'm extremely honored :blushes:
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Given 2009-10-14
From suggestor: "bronze-dragonrider's attention to detail is amazing, especially the tedious ones like scales and teeth. The paint job is multi-layered and realistic looking and not only did he add in footprints, he added in a nest!" ( Suggested by WeWoKa and Featured by Thebuild )
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Celestial-Rainstorm Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
She is just gorgeous. 
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Ladymedusa218 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you happen to sell your dinosaur sculpts??? Or do commissions?
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bronze-dragonrider Featured By Owner May 2, 2013   General Artist
Not at the current time, sorry :( I'm gonna be REALLY busy over the course of this year and I just don't have time for sculpture right now (which sucks, because I really miss doing it). Also, they'd be very difficult to ship because depending on the size, they can be fairly heavy and very delicate.
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Sniisawesome Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Student General Artist
That's so awesome!
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dracoequine Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow... considering what you did with Compy I'm *really* looking forward to a 'raptor sculpture. :D
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DuaniDearie Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Student General Artist
This is amazing! The only way it could be better is if it were a procompsognathus, but then again I'm biased.
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Cphunterlook Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Woah! That's so realistic! Wonderful job on it!
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Koeskull Featured By Owner May 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow that's amazing, perfect actually. I want to do a (probably much less realistic) dinosaur in sculpey.. You used super sculpey for this right? What's the difference between super and regular sculpey..?
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bronze-dragonrider Featured By Owner May 27, 2011   General Artist
Thank you very much! Yes, this was made with Super Sculpey.

The difference is that regular sculpey is a little more doughy... and it leaves behind a slightly unpleasant residue. Super sculpey has a much smoother texture and is easier to 'blend', and seems to be more amenable to detailing. It also simply looks better with the beige coloration, as opposed to the plain white of regular sculpey.
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Koeskull Featured By Owner May 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'll have to try it sometime.
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zimliam Featured By Owner May 30, 2010
pretty good. velociraptor would be fun. you should do a utah raptor :) and i request for more pics please
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Kanuky Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010
I love it!
Good job
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truevampiress Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
woow love the shinny finish :D what sort of paint did you use? brand wise and uhm type lol
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bronze-dragonrider Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010   General Artist
Actually there's no finish on it, just simple acrylic paint that you can find in any craft store, and with some pearlizing liquid mixed in for that shiny look :)

Although there are some paints that already come with the pearlizing stuff, called metallic paints.
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truevampiress Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thats kinda what i thought, thanks :p it has a really nice affect
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MinxFox Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Great eyes and I love the shiny paint.
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Nebride7 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2009
Brilliant! Well done.
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DurusMagnus Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
The detail is astounding, i only see one error... she needs feathers... but i still give her a 9.5 out of 10! The eyes are AMAZING! Freakin awesome man!

Take it from a paleontologist, you have a talent my friend, just need some background for your subjects. (hint hint, nudge nugde)

Do you sell your sculptures?
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bronze-dragonrider Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2009   General Artist
Oh wow, thank you for such a wonderful compliment! You're a paleontologist?! :eyepopping:

Yeah, I know the typical bare-skinned/scaled dino is a bit retro now. In my defense I'm new to sculpture and I'm still testing my limits and figuring out what I can do, so I didn't want to get in too deep yet. But for my next theropod I'm definitely going to be trying out feathers and see how well I do with sculpting those :)

At present, no, I'm not selling. My sculptures are too complex for casting without cutting them up (and I can't bear to cut them up), and I don't want to let go of the few sculptures that I've managed to complete. But once I've built up a collection of sculptures, (or run out of room to keep them :p ) or manage to find a way to make casts, I'll definitely start trying to sell them.
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DurusMagnus Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I work with Martin Lockley and Robert Bakker, yeah, but im still a student as well.

I understand, feathers are very complex, and time consuming. For being new to sculpture, you are very good. I can understand that you dont want to disect your sculptures as well.

Might i suggest a Therizinosaur, the big potbellied plant eating raptors, i dont think there are many models of them, and it would be a very unique scuplt.
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esemese Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009  Professional
yay, just the dinosaur in my avatar..... instant fav
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bronze-dragonrider Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2009   General Artist
Yay, another compy fan :D Thank you!
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esemese Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2009  Professional
you're welcome... awesome talent you have there
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rorii-tanu23ku Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009
omg !! what an awesome well-made dino !!:heart:
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bronze-dragonrider Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2009   General Artist
Thank you so much! :)
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Ishida92 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009
epix!
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bronze-dragonrider Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2009   General Artist
Thanks!
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sicklizard Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very cool work!

Are those eggs from the raptor?
They look like protoceratops eggs.
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bronze-dragonrider Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2009   General Artist
It's supposed to be her own nest :) I suppose they do look similar to the shape of protoceratops eggs, but I guess lots of dinosaurs had similar eggs, just like birds.
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sicklizard Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
When I saw the picture first, I thought it was a raptor.
Raptors (both Ovi- and Veloci-) favourite food were protoceratops eggs. They realy look the same like those of your sculpture.
I figured out later, that it is supposed to be a Compsognathus. So the eggs are way smaller.


There is a very famous discovery of a fossile protoceratops and a velociraptor. Both died in fighting each other. Look at it yourself:

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bronze-dragonrider Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2009   General Artist
Oh man, that is my favorite fossil EVER. Definitely a one in a million discovery.
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sicklizard Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The first time I saw the photo was 20 years ago when I was eight.
I still remember that one.
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zapemaster Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009  Hobbyist
*in aawe* 0.0
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bronze-dragonrider Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2009   General Artist
Thank you :) I'm in awe that I managed to *finish* it :p
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FallenAngelsRising Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009
WHAT DO U USE FOR TEXTURE? THATS AMAZING
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bronze-dragonrider Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2009   General Artist
Thank you :) Mostly I just use small tools to carve in the skin wrinkles and folds, and used tiny little balls of clay pressed on the head for the scales. For the fine texture, I brushed some turpentine substitute over the clay to soften it up and patted a sponge tool over it to give a fine skin-like texture, and some sandpaper for a bit rougher texture.
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FallenAngelsRising Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2009
fantastic. u are a clay genius thank you verymuch, expect to see some professionally done clay work in the future from me haahah. thanks alot man.
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bronze-dragonrider Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2009   General Artist
Clay genius? :faint: I'm only a rookie, there are many others out there who are far better, and I can only wish to aspire to their level :worship:

But thank you for such a generous compliment :)
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FallenAngelsRising Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009
oh i know thers alot of wicked sculpters out there trust me ahaha. but thats just a snart idea. the tin foil..never htought of it ahha
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jeriweaver Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Epic win, this is a fantastic sculpture. Great attention to detail and painting. It's wonderful.
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bronze-dragonrider Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2009   General Artist
Thank you very much! I'm glad you enjoy it :)
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Spilled-Sunlight Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009  Student General Artist
You've inspired me. I'm serious. I MUST create a dino sculpture!!
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bronze-dragonrider Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2009   General Artist
Oh yay, I'm glad I've inspired someone! :dance: I hope you do it, I'd love to see your result :)
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Selina-Mei Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
wow this is ace :)

well done
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bronze-dragonrider Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2009   General Artist
Thanks!
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Selina-Mei Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
No problem. Did you use a reference? And what materials did you use? :)

*Just interested to know your methods cause they seem to work wonders.. (even though I'm not particulary interested in sculpture, but just thought i'd enquire anyway :D).
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bronze-dragonrider Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2009   General Artist
I used several references, the main one was a photo of a compy skeleton to get the pose. Other small refs were a Jurassic Park photo of a compy head to work out some of the kinks, and a photo of chicken feet.

My materials were Super Sculpey, a few different sizes of aluminum wire for the armature, about three different tools, turpentine substitute to brush over it and smooth the surface, a sponge tool for fine texture, and sandpaper for rough texture.
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Selina-Mei Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
aw cool interesting stuff..
chicken feet... thats clever!
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kanlashkan Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009
Hey is this done by ceramics? Like with a kiln and clay and everything?
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bronze-dragonrider Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2009   General Artist
Nope, those are earthy clays, I've never had any luck with that. I use Super Sculpey, which is a polymer clay, and doesn't dry out like earthy clays do. It's a lot more manageable. And Super Sculpey is baked in a home oven, it gets ruined by kilns. Which is unfortunate in a way, because not much can fit in a home oven and limits the size of the sculpture :(
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