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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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mistneko Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015
I really like this. We're doing ceramics in art class at school and I'm trying to make a real cute dragon. It's coming along well too! I'm not too good and the clay makes my hands feel strange but I like it. And your old dragon has character. He's not bad or anything he just has amazing character and a grandfather dragon look to him X3
RadioactiveGaming Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  New member Hobbyist General Artist
It really shows how long it takes to get as good as you are, and how it really pays off in the end.
BlueDuckee Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015
Its amazing to see the progress there. I still have my first attempt at drawing anime characters tucked away that I've affectionately called peanut head. For obvious reason if ever showed anyone. Seeing your work makes me want to buy some more sculpy and craft some more.
ArtisticAdventures Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Professional General Artist
I love your inspiring story of this little dragon! I love what he stands for too! :D You're a very talented sculptor, thank you for your sage advice!
Fan0Fox Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The new one is beautiful but the old one is still adorable and super charming, even with all his 'flaws'. I love your encouragement, you've come so far with practice :D
Wheatley13 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015
TheDragonEmpire Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
crazynoggin Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. Giant difference.
anyssa4444 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
wow big difference. Great work on both!
UnicornCat Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing improvement!
Naomi-Rei-Chan Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It looks so much smoother! The first is always the most interesting, but persevering and watching yourself improve is so rewarding! You're old dragon is still pretty good, too :DDragon emote 
FloraLaurel Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
600th comment! Keep up the evolution of improvement!
FatFopInFlipFlops Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very impressive! It's so flawless in the new version!
white-tigress-12158 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014
The new one is so refined! Great job on how far you've come!
Plushiesaur Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is so great and so inspiring! Both the photo comparision itself and everything You wrote below as well! It's very motivating to see such a thing! : D
christiechritter Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014
Things like this make me only want to try my hand at it.  I have had the idea and the urge, but never have attempted sculpting before.  This is awesome.
Art-in-motion-1 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  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 Oct 22, 2014
It's funny cuz your old sculpture actually looks like an old dragon :D
96037 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  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! ^^
Karolaxd Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I enjoy your work ;]
1234ingrids Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014
that improvement!
FlameFireDragon Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Dang, you really improved! 

This just shows, practice makes perfect! :D
ashzer101 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014
Definitely an improvement!!
xKodeinKurox Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014   General Artist
My goodness so much better *o*
beachgecko Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Professional General Artist
AllTimeAlchemist13 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's so amazing!!!
F-a-d-i-n-g Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014   General Artist
So much better ;o;
Skullgirl9100 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You are a great artist. Keep working your magic into your art it is very inspiring.
SpiceAura Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
ShiftyStorm Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Student General Artist
wow this is so motivating :)
christafinias Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is truly inspiring :)
Sorra-NightShade Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I know you use polymer clay, but did you polymer on the original sculpture? Just curious, thanks :D
skythekid7359 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
So much improvement :D good job! :D
TreacherousSoul Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
That's amazing,you've really improved, your art is spectacular  
MidnightCambion Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  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. :)
DrawandDream Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so awesome! :D You've improved so much! Great job.
Lo-Dessine Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist
Waw! :) What a progress! ^^
KirstenBerryCrafts Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is the most encouraging thing I have seen! Thank you =)
S-Tier-Studios 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 ^_^
GenniGenevieve Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, what a difference!
MisMafia Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
How do you keep your sculptures looking so smooth?
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
MisMafia Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
oh wow awesome! thank you :)
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