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Buttergi Sculpture Progression by LeiliaClay Buttergi Sculpture Progression by LeiliaClay
I took a ton of photos of this sculpture to post to my class, so I thought it would be fun to share a little step-by-step progression of Nax. :)

The finished piece can be seen here: Nax the Buttergi Sculpture by LeiliaK

Check out the Ebay auction: www.ebay.com/itm/261597289207

1- I did a lot of brainstorming and sketching before I even began sculpting this piece. I went through several different ideas and concepts before I finally settled on a corgi/butterfly hybrid. I sketched out a general pose idea to use as reference when creating the sculpture.

2- I built the armature using thick gauge wire and foil. It is not shown here, but I also reinforced the balancing leg and torso with Apoxie Scuplt for more stability. You can see here I originally has the armature for the wings attached to the body, but after discussing it with my instructor, I decided to sculpt the wings separately and add them in later.

3- The main body shape was blocked out using a mixture of Super Sculpey and Sculpey Firm. I was unhappy with the size and placement of the head here, so ended up cutting it off and re-sculpting it entirely.

4- Here I have added all the details on the corgi, and you can see the placement of the head looks much better now. I did not go crazy on the fur texturing, instead choosing to add in bits of fur in key places to give him a fluffy appearance.

5- The completed sculpt, primed and ready for paint. The wings were sculpted out of Premo Sculpey. Premo has a slight "give" to it that made it a more idea choice to use for the very thin wings. The antennae have also been added using wire with a bit of clay at the ends.

6- And now with paint and base details! I use Ceramcoat acrylic craft paints to paint my sculptures. The entire piece was sealed with Testor's Dullcote for a matte finish, with the eyes, nose and mouth glazed with Varathane's Polyurethane. Pearl-Ex powder was also added to the wings to give them a nice shimmer.

If you like seeing progress photos like these, I post a lot of them on my Tumblr( leiliaclay.tumblr.com/ ) and Instagram( instagram.com/leiliaclay ) accounts. :)

Commission Info: fav.me/d3n177o
Etsy Shop: www.etsy.com/shop/LeiliaK

 
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StarDragonAlchemy Featured By Owner Edited Feb 25, 2017  Student General Artist
La la la la oh my gossshhh thank you so much for including those steps and he is adorable!!
Its awesome how you started off with a sketch prior to creating, very great work!
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Aislinnsartstuff Featured By Owner May 1, 2015  Student
Amazing! everything about this sculpture is perfectHeart Heart Heart Heart Heart  
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LeiliaClay Featured By Owner May 4, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Aww, thank you! ^^
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deathweaselx86 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is effing adorable.
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LeiliaClay Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Haha, thanks!
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GabriellesBabrielles Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
wow very cute!
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LeiliaClay Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :)
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LaurelArtz Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing!! He's so cute Llama Emoji-23 (Shyness) [V1] 
I was wondering how you got it to balance like that? I notice you have a wire holding it up at one point, but then it's gone >,>
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LeiliaClay Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much! There is a small amount of wire running from the balancing leg into the base which helps with stability. I didn't make it quite long enough in the particular sculpture, so he wasn't able to balance by himself for long periods of time. Once everything was completed, I used high strength epoxy glue to give the final hold.
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XPantherArtX Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It's nice to see him come to life like that! He's awesome! :D Ahah and I'm happy he found a home! :meow:
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LeiliaClay Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yes, I always think progress photos are fun. :)  Thank you, I am so happy he found a home, too! :D
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AceJG95 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome work ^^
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LeiliaClay Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! ^^
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AceJG95 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome ^^
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Angiechan13 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014
DO WANT.

...and yes, I am serious when I say that. (I just bought it) Heart 
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LeiliaClay Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ahhhh, that is awesome!! I am so happy that he has found a home, that is just wonderful. :D 
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Sploorky Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Student Digital Artist
ahh corgis are the best! Fantastic job!
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LeiliaClay Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! And I agree, corgis are such awesome little dogs. XD
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Clayman7 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Brilliant
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LeiliaClay Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :D
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