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The First Dragon by DragonsAndBeasties The First Dragon by DragonsAndBeasties
Well. I was bad and took the day off from orders to have some fun clay time of my own. I've been wanting to remake my first dragon for a while now.

So many people get discouraged and tell me they will never be good sculptors, or they seem to think I have some secret technique that will make them amazing sculptors overnight. I don't. I started the same way anyone would. I got a horribly NEON set of sculpey clay and went at it! I learned something new with every dragon I made, and I took pride in them. They made me and other people happy. I loved to give them away and realized how much joy it gave me to see someone walk off with one of my dragons, with a big grin on their face. What started out as a hobby for so many years, has now become my life. It takes time to perfect artistic skills. No one wants to hear that, but it's true. So enjoy the exploration! The experimentation! And the inevitable epic failures! It's all part of the learning process. We all have to start somewhere, and you can only go up from there :)

Now, I gotta tell ya, when I got this gnarly old dragon out of his box today (I keep him there cuz he is a bit fragile), I had completely forgotten just how bad he was. He's just...bad. He's dirty and little pieces have fallen off. He's got nicks and scratches and bumps. He's completely burnt on the bottom, and the wings are only curled down because they wilted in the oven (I had no idea what I was doing). But I remember at the time I made him, I thought he was the coolest thing ever! He was my most prized sculpture, and the only one I've kept of the many many dragons I've made. He will stay with me forever, to remind me of how far I've come. Even with all his flaws, what he stands for makes him beautiful. He is the first dragon!!! :love:

QUESTIONS? Please visit my FAQ page [link] before asking questions about techniques and materials. Just about every question I get is covered there. Iím not trying to be rude, I just get tired of answering the same questions over and over ^^;
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MidnightCambion Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've had people ask me how I'm so good with drawing too, and how they can be as good. Well, frankly I don't think I'm good, but the answer is simple: practice! No one taught me how to draw - I just did it for fun and got better. And yes, sometimes you look back on something you did in the past and go, "Blech, is that the best I could do?!" I do that alllll the time.

With each new piece, you'll learn a little something new, a better way to make this detail, a better material to use for another detail, a better brush to apply color, and so on. When it comes to any form of creative work, there's no just jumping in and being amazing from the get-go. I mean look at ANY web comic from start to finish and you can see how much it evolves.

Your 2006 dragon looks very nice too, but it's obvious you've come a long way since then. :)
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DrawandDream Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
This is so awesome! :D You've improved so much! Great job.
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Lo-Dessine Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  New member Hobbyist
Waw! :) What a progress! ^^
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KirstenBerryCrafts Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is the most encouraging thing I have seen! Thank you =)
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PhoenixPhenom Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
He's really not that bad for your first piece! You've clearly come a long way, but my first few pieces are so ridiculously horrible compared to where I'm at now... this has definitely inspired me to do something like this. I'm gonna take one of my old terrible pieces and resculpt and compare ^_^
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GenniGenevieve Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, what a difference!
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MisMafia Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
How do you keep your sculptures looking so smooth?
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cutiemarkadventures Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
She uses sculptey premo (it does not hold fingerprints that much) and she smoothes it all out with her fingers
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MisMafia Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
oh wow awesome! thank you :)
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cutiemarkadventures Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
Np!
I personaly use FIMO but it's softer and holds more fingerprints
it's all they sell here and it's pretty popular
but premo should be better
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