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A Blank : WIP by Blackout-Comix A Blank : WIP by Blackout-Comix
I've been asked by many people for a tutorial. While I don't have time to do a tutorial, I thought I could at least show a WIP of a WIP I am currently doing.

This is what I call "A Blank." This is the stage of creation where the sculpture can be anything I want. At this point, I could make it into any normal adult mare. The last stages will be to add the mane and tail, followed by wings or horn if they are a Pegasus or Unicorn.

There is still a lot of shaping and sanding to do, even to this blank, before I can add the final differentiating features.

For some reason, the clay I use darkens in areas as you can see from the pictures. I wash my hands constantly during sculpting, but still these areas appear. Never been quite sure why.

I've been working on improving my anatomy of the mares and I think I'm getting closer to show accuracy. Still improvements to be made, but it's getting there.

This one will stand 5'' tall when I'm done and is made from scratch from Fimo puppen doll clay.

For those who are interested, this will be made into a Rarity and is a present for :iconwhitedove-creations:

Thank you for looking.

Best wishes.

Sculpture (C) :iconblackout-comix:
My Little Pony (C) Hasbro
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Burntsugarz Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How do you get the clay (hair, wings, etc ) to stick to a baked body? Do you use any special adhesives or does it just stick naturally?
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Blackout-Comix Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
You have to kind of smear it on. I also use a method that involves getting the piece to slightly stick, bake, and then fill in the seam between the two hardened pieces with soft clay that acts like glue. Once I bake it again, the seams are gone. :)
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Icewind136 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you for posting this! This is a good reference for making my own pony sculpts! However...mine are not 5" tall, they are 2 mm tall, so I lose some detail.
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Flutter-SHED Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cool
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Phantom-Jaselin Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I've been looking at your tutorial for celestia and some of your other WIPs, but I was wondering how do you get the back leg and flank shape on regular non-wired characters like this?
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Blackout-Comix Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
I tell the clay to shape up and it does. It knows better than to cross me.

In all seriousness, I start with a legless body. I cut 3 deep lines for the butt crack and the inner thighs. I shape the flank and butt with my hands to form a decent curved surface. I attach the legs to the chest. The bag legs are formed from the body to the hock. I attach a different piece from the hock down to finish off the back legs. After an initial bake, I add more clay to even everything out and remove visible attachments to make the pieces solid. I rebake the clay to solidify everything. After that I sand everything down using 220grit sandpaper.

Without visual guides, that's the best description I can give. Sorry if it's not helpful. Maybe I'll make a visual guide to non-wire sculpts some day.
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Phantom-Jaselin Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Of course, I should've realized the importance of clay discipline! XD

What you said does help a little, though if you ever make a visual guide to it things would probably be even clearer. :)
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Peace4545 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012   General Artist
How much would just a blank cost? (That isn't baked yet)
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Blackout-Comix Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
My blanks are baked. I do a little bit at a time and bake in-between. This clay is rebakable and my style of sculpting relies on baking it multiple times before ever getting to this point. I wouldn't be able to sell an unbaked blank. Sorry.
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Peace4545 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012   General Artist
Ah okay i was just curious. :)
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