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Celestia My Little Pony FiM Custom Sculpture WIP by Blackout-Comix Celestia My Little Pony FiM Custom Sculpture WIP by Blackout-Comix
Hello everyone. I hope you all had a great holiday. I’ve been exceptionally busy over the holidays and decided to not overcomplicate my life with sculpting, so I just decided to take some time off. I’m finally back now and I’ve begun painting the Celestia I was working on prior to the holiday.

I’ll be working on her in the next week and I’ll post pictures as soon as I can. Sorry for the wait, but I should be back sculpting again.

She stands about 10inches tall and is made from a combination of Super Sculpey and Fimo puppen clay. She has received a base coat and is ready for painting.

Celestia (C) Hasbro

Sculpture by :iconblackout-comix:
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:iconchilledfrost:
ChilledFrost Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey how many pounds would a basic pony like RD be for Super sculpey? also do u have a link to how to do this? cus last time i tried sculpting my dragon he blew up in the oven :/
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:iconblackout-comix:
Blackout-Comix Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013
Weight depends on size. How big are you wanting to make her?

If your dragon blew up, it was most likely too thick. Clay can only be about 1- 1.5 inches thick before it reacts poorly in the oven. If you have large pieces, try putting cores of another material in the center of the piece. I use tin foil for this. My celestia guide shows this in the head and mane/tail.

I do not have a tutorial for small ponies. Just my big Celestia. I may do a small pony tutorial some day.

The Celestia guide starts here: blackout-comix.deviantart.com/…

Most of the techniques I use are in it.

Hope that helps. :)
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:iconchilledfrost:
ChilledFrost Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
well i like the whole adding on and baking it in steps, im hoping to make on a little bigger than 5" maybe like from top of the head to her hoof it be like 7". Also if you have the time n are willing would be able to send me a kind of written set of directions like where to start and how to shape and all that, thats only if you want to and thankyou :)
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:iconblackout-comix:
Blackout-Comix Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013
I suppose I have some time to type something out.

Start by softening up your clay to make it easier to work with.

I use the same tools in my Celestia guide for everything.

The needles and my hands are the most important for shaping.

When I make my smaller ponies, I follow this quick guide:

1: form an oval.
2: cut butt cheeks and the inner thighs using an X-acto knife.
3: round out the butt cheeks and inner thighs using your hands.
4: make 4 curved pillars for the 4 legs. The front legs will be longer than the back.
5: attach the legs to the body by sticking them on.
6: bake the sculpt
7: fill in cracks with clay and cut away excess clay using your X-acto knife. If anything falls off, don't be afraid to use super glue and put clay over it.
8: Rebake
9: Sand away rough areas using 220 grit sandpaper.
10: Create Sphere, the size of their head, and bake it separately.
11: Sand the sphere and add a muzzle.
12: rebake
13: Drill a hole into the neck from above and into the bottom of the head.
14: Attach the head to the neck using a wire or toothpick inserted into the two drill holes.
15: Add soft clay around the connection to flesh out the neck and form the ponies jaw line.
16: Rebake and sand afterwards.
17: Drill a hole into the butt, at the top of the crack.
18: Use tin foil to sculpt a smaller version of the tail you want to make.
19: cover the tin foil tail in clay.
20: insert wire or a toothpick into the base of the tail and insert it into the hole in the butt you made.
21 Let the tail bake with the sculpt. This allows the tail to be free hanging, which helps it bake better.
22: After baking, sand the tail and cut any details you want into it.
23: if the cut you made is too rough, add clay to the cut and use a thin needle to tease the clay back out to smooth out the cut.
24: The mane is made using similar techniques and is made last.

Painting is done by diluting your paint down to the consistency of cream and using many coats until it covers completely. It takes patience, but your paint will be lumpy if you don't dilute it. Dilute with tap water.

Seal with Modge Podge or Liquid Laminate.

That's about it, hope it helps somewhat. :)
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Namma2 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
THANK UUUUUUU :D sooo much!
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:iconblackout-comix:
Blackout-Comix Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014
You're welcome, but what did I do?
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:iconnamma2:
Namma2 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i'm making a sculpture and I was needing instructions. Thank u for giving them to me
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:iconblackout-comix:
Blackout-Comix Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
No problem. Glad to help. :)
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:iconwandering-heartbeat:
Wandering-Heartbeat Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
How do you even do this sculpting business? I can draw, but sculpting and what whitedove does is all so complicated looking...
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:iconblackout-comix:
Blackout-Comix Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013
Lots of trial and error. I've never had a sculpting class. I'm not an art student. I just practice.

Pick up a block of clay. Follow baking instructions and see where your creativity takes you. :D
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Wandering-Heartbeat Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
HOW NICE and what kind and sweet and encouraging words you just said to me, thank you so much Blackout C: I took art class in High School, I'm pretty goo at drawing...what kind of clay?
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:iconblackout-comix:
Blackout-Comix Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013
Clay?

I would recommend Super sculpey if you've never sculpted before. It's soft and easy to work with. I don't use it now, because I prefer the results that Fimo puppen gives me, but it's way harder to work with. I'd practice with Super Sculpey before trying anything else.

No problem. I'm always available to offer a kind word and advice. If you ever need help, just ask. :)
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:iconwandering-heartbeat:
Wandering-Heartbeat Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
THANK YOU SO MUCH, I will have to give it a try and the first thing I make will go to you ~ C:
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:iconblackout-comix:
Blackout-Comix Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013
Best of luck! :D
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:iconwandering-heartbeat:
Wandering-Heartbeat Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
C: thanks
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Wandering-Heartbeat Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Perfect
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SashikuChan Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I'm hoping to try sculpting one day, I know I won't be great at it, but it will be fun. Nice job by the way!
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curious-case-of-cas Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm so sad I'll never see her finished!
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:iconakuakari:
AkuAkari Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Is it too late for me to ask how you paint as well? >- < Do you use the same paint you use to paint other figurines? And a base coat of primer right? To ready her for painting?

Would the paint affect the clay in any way? Do you see the paint strokes? Do you have to get an even coat? Does the paint dry faster on the clay, or can you go a slow steady pace? Does the paint affect the weight....uhmm..that probably sounds silly but I'm just curious. Is there anything you really should be careful with painting the figure besides just being careful?

And one more question..hope that's okay >///<.... As long as you state that she's owned by Hasbro, you can still sell it without getting into trouble? Or do you have to send Hasbro some of the profit?
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Blackout-Comix Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
I use Master's Touch acrylics. I use a very smooth spray primer before hand painting the figure.

The paint does not affect the clay in any way. The paint takes about 5 min to dry enough to paint more and 15 min to dry completely. The paint does not affect the weight. The best tip is be patient and use dilute paints. If you get your paint too thick, it'll look terrible in the long run. It's better to paint multiple coats than 1 or 2 thick coats.

Hasbro doesn't care if you sell a figure or two on a small scale. You don't need to contact them or send them money. They only care if people mass produce things. When you list your prices, just don't mention the names of the ponies. Just say a pony commission is a certain price.
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:iconakuakari:
AkuAkari Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Oh okay. *nods*

Dilute paints? And okay.

A pony commission? How so?
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:iconblackout-comix:
Blackout-Comix Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
Hasbro has only had issue when you name names. Just don't use pony names, in regards to commissions, except in private notes and you'll never have any issues.
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:iconakuakari:
AkuAkari Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
What if you sell it outside DevianArt? Just call them pony commissions as well and only call them by their names in private? > -< Because the fans of that pony will call it by their name..so would that still count?
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Blackout-Comix Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
As long as you the seller don't use their names publicly, Hasbro will never do anything.
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:icon290pika:
290Pika Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Student Filmographer
Gorgeous work so far! Can't wait to see it finished and painted. :)
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:iconblackout-comix:
Blackout-Comix Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
Thank you. She's about 1/3 painted now, but it's been really busy lately and I've been really tired once I finally get time. I guess that's life though. Hopefully I can get her finished soon. :)
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Groovebird Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Woah! Nice work. :)
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:iconblackout-comix:
Blackout-Comix Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Thank you. :D

I'm about halfway done painting her. I cannot wait to be done with her and move on. She took way more time than I originally planned.

Oh well. :)
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:icongroovebird:
Groovebird Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Can't wait to see her finished. ^^
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:iconcrazedfox13:
crazedfox13 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
At this point in the project.
Her main & tail look like some kind of
marshmallow cream or the likes.
_
Now for some reason I'm wanting a moonpie...
[link]
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:iconzazishi:
Zazishi Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
that's truly amazing, does her hair cover her other eye completely?
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:iconblackout-comix:
Blackout-Comix Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
Yep. Completely. I thought her eye would be too difficult to paint under the mane, so I made the executive decision to just cover it up.

Thank you. :)
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:iconzazishi:
Zazishi Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
very cool! <3
I can't wait to see her finished, she looks totally awesome!
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:iconmlenshao:
MlENSHAO Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
It seems like you put a lot of effort into the sculpture and making the tutorial. I cannot wait to see it painted!
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:iconleaffox:
LeafFox Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
She looks fantastic so far! I can't wait to see her painted =3

Great job!
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:iconaleximusprime:
AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah. I was just showing my cousin all the previous WIP images of this and he is mighty impressed and he hasn't even seen the show yet! :D
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:iconblackout-comix:
Blackout-Comix Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
Got to get him watching the show. I'm sure he'd be willing to give it a chance. :)
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:iconaleximusprime:
AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I should!
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:iconcapt-nemo:
Capt-Nemo Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
Hoh man, would I like to own that. That's absolutely beautiful, great job so far! The wings especially look super nice.
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:iconfrozenpyro71:
frozenpyro71 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
OOoh that looks rather nice.
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:iconblackout-comix:
Blackout-Comix Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
Thank you. She was a lot of work. I'm still not completely satisfied with her, but if I don't just paint her and be done with her than I'll never be done. lol. :)
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rinrin1987 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
how many times did u bake it just wander thinking about doing a big one of my own
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:iconblackout-comix:
Blackout-Comix Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
No less than 15 times. No more than 30. The exact number is really hard to know. The clay I use is mostly Fimo and that type of clay can be baked multiple times without problems. If you have any other questions I'll be happy to answer them. Best of luck with your sculpt. :)
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:iconrinrin1987:
rinrin1987 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
ty


but how man times did you bake it just once
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:iconblackout-comix:
Blackout-Comix Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
I baked it for a full bake cycle over 15 times. The clay isn't affected by multiple bakings so I did it as many times as I added clay.
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:iconrinrin1987:
rinrin1987 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
ok
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:iconbatosan:
batosan Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
10 inches!!!!!!!! Way too coooooooool! Work it!
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:iconstitchingstardust:
StitchingStardust Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This looks amazing! I can't wait to see it painted~ c:
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