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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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Art-in-motion-1 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Student General Artist
Even for a first sculpture the 2006 dragon is quite good. Just through comparison of the two you can see little fixes that bring the 2012 one to life: tilting the head ever so slightly. It's obvious that you have progressed and all of your work has helped in the growth. That's why I like looking at old pieces. At first there is the initial shutter of how bad you think it is; later you start to think more about how far you have come since then and what you have learned. Redoing old work is a great way to put your new knowledge to the test.
Gordon-Weedman Featured By Owner 3 days ago
It's funny cuz your old sculpture actually looks like an old dragon :D
96037 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Professional General Artist
You should do this again. I think you have progressed since then as well!
CadaverCaptain Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That´s really inspirational, i hope i´ll be able to make this process too at some point c: Thank you for sharing
Zalay02 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG, I can really see the improvement! They are both still amazing, keep doing what you do!
ButterflyDancer01 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
How big is he? So, so cool!
tabbydragon14 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014
cool! you should do more of these!
pikab2001 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
This is truly inspiring. Thank you for your gift and testimony. :) I am going to show this to my 5 year old daughter to encourage her with her art. It has encouraged me as well. <3
grafoboho Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
WOW! :)
PepperLeafify Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014
The new one looks so cool it looks animated! ^^
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