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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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SSMFM Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Now all it needs is a yellow cape! :D
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Blackout-Comix Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
Lol. :D
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SSMFM Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Mind if I use this as a guide thingy for making my own?
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Blackout-Comix Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
Not at all. Feel free. :)
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RoxyPaw Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Tell me when you consider making oc ponies. I would commission when you do <3
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Blackout-Comix Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
It really depends on the OC. Do you have a picture I could look at? :)
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RoxyPaw Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
[link]((my%20little%20pony)%20AND%20(by%3Aroxypaw))&qo=2
This is to let you know what color the eyes is and her cutie mark <3
[link]
and this is her real colors. And she is the same size as Twilight ^^
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Blackout-Comix Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
So does she have the body type of the first picture (alicorn) or the body type of the 2nd picture (normal adult mare)?

I'll be able to quote a price after know that. :)
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RoxyPaw Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The normal adult mare ^^
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Blackout-Comix Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012
Note sent. :)
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Yin-Yanger Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Student General Artist
Do you use a small metal frame inside for a skeletal structure? Or maybe aluminum foil to fill the inside to make it easier to get the form? Or is it all just clay? Oh, and I enjoy your work.
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Blackout-Comix Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
Thank you. I use a tinfoil core inside the head and tail to reduce top heaviness and weight on the tail joint. It also helps make the clay not too thick so it doesn't crack during baking. I use 1 toothpick in the neck and tail joint. Other than that, it's all clay. The clay I use is very firm, so skeletal structures are not needed unless I was wanting to make something above a foot tall.

I'm glad you like the sculpts. :)
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Yin-Yanger Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Student General Artist
Awesome, cause I was thinking of making some myself. I've used clay before, but it has been awhile. What kind of clay do you use, by the way?
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Blackout-Comix Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
I use Fimo puppen doll clay. Thank you. :)
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Yin-Yanger Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Student General Artist
Hmmm... I use something else that looks sort of like the clay you use, but its much softer and gets warm. That makes it kinda of difficult to make sure it stays in the proper shape. Thanks for the advice.
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Blackout-Comix Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
The clay is much firmer than normal clay, but holds it's shape very well. I fully recommend it. :)
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Yin-Yanger Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Student General Artist
Sounds good since the clay I use is way to soft sometimes. Anyway, thanks again for the info. Can't wait to see more of your work.
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Narnicorn Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
All of your pony sculptures are so good! I think it looks very accurate, and It's amazing that you made it from scratch.
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Blackout-Comix Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
Thank you. :D
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crazedfox13 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I take it that tight disposable gloves don't give you the textile feel that you become used to.
& that is why don't wish to use them?
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Blackout-Comix Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
The funny thing is that I do use them for painting, but not for sculpting. If the gloves were like a coating for the hands then they would work, but they move around too much when I'm smashing and smoothing the clay. I cant get them tight enough to avoid that problem. Fortunately it's still a small problem as once I've painted it you'd never know. Just makes my WIP pics not as good as they could be.
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crazedfox13 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep, I figured that was why.
Funny thing that liquid gloves never really work that well when doing work such as this.
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Colour-Splashes Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL IT HAS A BUT CRACK!!!!!!!!!!!! But seriously, very clean and smooth, but do you think the body is a little chubbers? Maybe it's just my imagination.
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Blackout-Comix Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
Thank you. :)

The body is slightly chubby, but so are the adult mares. None of the normal adult mares are skinny. They all have a slight pooch, but that's what makes them adorable. :D
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Colour-Splashes Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! I'd never noticed that before but I had a look and sure enough, you're right, by jove!
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Blackout-Comix Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
They have a healthy body image. :D
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Colour-Splashes Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amen!
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Zazishi Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Looks awesome~
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Blackout-Comix Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
Thank you I'm glad you like it so far. :)
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Zazishi Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
of course~ I'm overly jealous of your talent as well.
Best I can do with sculpting clay is make..
A ball of clay.
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Blackout-Comix Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
When I sculpt, that's the first thing I always make as well. It's where we all begin, but where it ends is up to you. :)
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Zazishi Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
very good advice :3

Perhaps I could try to work at it.. I do indeed need a hobby for the rest of summer
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